Nifedipine is a generic drug prescribed for certain cardiovascular conditions. It’s available as the brand-name drugs Procardia and Procardia XL. The cost of nifedipine with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Nifedipine oral capsules are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following conditions in adults:
Nifedipine extended-release oral tablets are approved to treat the following conditions in adults:
As with all medications, the cost of nifedipine can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
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Nifedipine 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.
Nifedipine is available as the brand-name drugs Procardia and Procardia XL. If your doctor has prescribed nifedipine and you’re interested in taking one of these brand-name 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 nifedipine, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you take nifedipine 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 nifedipine. 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
Nifedipine 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 nifedipine, 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.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and nifedipine.
What is the cost of nifedipine without insurance?
The price you’ll pay for nifedipine if you don’t have insurance can vary based on several factors. But typically, the cost is higher for those without insurance.
There are other factors that could affect what you pay for this drug. These include:
- the quantity you’re prescribed (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
- whether you apply and qualify for any available savings programs
- your dosage
- the pharmacy you use
- the form of the drug you’re prescribed (such as oral capsules or extended-release oral tablets)
To learn the exact cost you’d pay for this medication without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You may also want to contact several pharmacies to compare their prices for nifedipine.
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Does the nifedipine extended-release oral tablet cost more than the oral capsule form of the drug?
Your cost for nifedipine may depend on the form your doctor prescribes for your condition. This is because the different forms are typically taken at different frequencies. In turn, this can affect the quantity that your doctor prescribes.
The extended-release (ER) oral tablets are usually taken once per day, while the oral capsules are taken three times per day. Therefore, doctors typically prescribe the oral capsules in larger quantities than the ER oral tablets. For this reason, it’s possible that nifedipine’s oral capsules may cost more.
To find out which form of the drug is best for your condition, talk with your doctor. To find out how much you’d pay for each form, you can talk with your insurance provider or your pharmacist.
Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive nifedipine.
If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers nifedipine. This means the company and your doctor will discuss nifedipine 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 nifedipine requires prior authorization.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and nifedipine, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to nifedipine. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for nifedipine.
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 the conditions nifedipine is prescribed to treat, see our cardiovascular health hub.
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