Itraconazole is a generic drug prescribed for certain fungal infections in adults. The medication is available as the brand-name drugs Sporanox and Tolsura. The cost of itraconazole with and without insurance depends on several factors.
Itraconazole is available in these forms: oral capsule and oral solution. The medication belongs to a drug class called azole antifungals.
Itraconazole oral capsules are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following conditions in adults:
- aspergillosis when the drug amphotericin B isn’t effective or can’t be given
- fungal nail infections in people who are not immunocompromised
Itraconazole oral solution is approved to treat candidiasis of the mouth, throat, or esophagus in adults.
Read on to learn about itraconazole and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about itraconazole, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
As with all medications, the cost of itraconazole 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 itraconazole will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers itraconazole. This means the company and your doctor will discuss itraconazole in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization but you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether itraconazole requires prior authorization.
Itraconazole is a generic drug, which means 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.
Itraconazole is available as the brand-name drugs Sporanox and Tolsura. If your doctor has prescribed itraconazole and you’re interested in using one of these drugs 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 costs of these brand-name drugs compare with the cost of itraconazole, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you take itraconazole 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 itraconazole. If approved by your insurance company, 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, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Itraconazole 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 itraconazole, 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 itraconazole, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to itraconazole. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for itraconazole.
Here are some other resources 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. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- Information about your condition. For more information about fungal infections, see this article.
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