Mirena (levonorgestrel) is a brand-name intrauterine device (IUD) that’s prescribed to help prevent pregnancy and treat heavy menstrual periods. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Mirena belongs to a drug class called progestins. Mirena is not available in a generic version.
Read on to learn about Mirena and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about Mirena, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of Mirena can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- the cost of the visit to your healthcare professional to have Mirena inserted
- whether Mirena has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Mirena will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and would like to have Mirena inserted.
Prior authorization. If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Mirena. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Mirena 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 Mirena requires prior authorization.
Type of insurance coverage. Mirena is inserted by your doctor or another healthcare professional. If you have insurance, the price of Mirena may be billed through your medical coverage instead of the prescription drug portion of your insurance plan. This depends on your specific insurance plan and where the procedure takes place, such as at your doctor’s office or another healthcare clinic. If you have questions about this process, contact your doctor or your insurance provider.
Mirena is only available as a brand-name drug. It doesn’t come in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication.
Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
WHY ARE COSTS DIFFERENT FOR BRAND-NAME DRUGS VS. GENERIC DRUGS?
Brand-name drugs can be expensive because of the research needed to test their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell it for up to 20 years. When the brand-name drug’s patent expires, multiple manufacturers can create generic versions. This marketplace competition may lead to lower costs for generics. Also, because generics contain the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.
If you need financial support to pay for Mirena, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called the Co-pay Savings Program for Mirena is available. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 888-84-BAYER (888-842-2937) or visit the program website.
- If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to get Mirena at no cost. The drug’s manufacturer has a program called the Bayer US Patient Assistance Foundation. To find out if you’re eligible, call 866-228-7723 or visit the program website.
- Some websites provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services. Two such websites are:
To learn more about saving money on prescriptions with or without insurance, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Mirena, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Mirena. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Mirena.
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.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Mirena, refer to this article.
- Dosage. Learn about Mirena and dosage by viewing this article.
- Side effects. For details about Mirena’s side effects, see this article. You can also look at the Mirena prescribing information.
- Interactions. You can find out more about what Mirena interacts with by visiting this article.
- Information about reproductive health. For more information about reproductive health, see our sexual health hub. To learn more about women’s health, including heavy periods and birth control options, see our women’s health hub.
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