Glimepiride is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat type 2 diabetes in combination with diet and exercise. Glimepiride is used to manage blood sugar levels.
For more information about glimepiride’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about glimepiride:
- Drug class: sulfonylureas
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Brand-name version: Amaryl
Read on to learn about glimepiride and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of glimepiride can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out what the cost of glimepiride will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the cost of glimepiride.
Does glimepiride’s cost vary based on which dose I’m taking (such as 1 mg, 2 mg, or 4 mg)?
It’s possible that you may pay more for different strengths of glimepiride tablets. Glimepiride comes in three strengths: 1 milligram (mg), 2 mg, and 4 mg. It doesn’t come in a 3-mg strength.
Higher strengths of glimepiride may cost more than lower strengths.
If you have additional questions about the cost of glimepiride, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
How much does glimepiride cost without insurance?
It depends. The cost of glimepiride may be more for higher strengths of the drug. The pharmacy you use may also affect the cost.
To learn more about what you may pay for glimepiride, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Glimepiride is a generic drug, which means that it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
Glimepiride is available as the brand-name drug Amaryl. If your doctor has prescribed glimepiride and you’re interested in using Amaryl instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
To find out how the cost of Amaryl compares with the cost of glimepiride, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you take glimepiride long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following ways.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of glimepiride. If your insurance company approves it, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Glimepiride may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug via mail order.
If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need financial support to pay for glimepiride, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and glimepiride, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to you and glimepiride. If you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for glimepiride.
Here are some other resources that you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Read this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of glimepiride, refer to this article.
- Information about type 2 diabetes. For more information about type 2 diabetes, our diabetes hub may be helpful, as well as these related articles.
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