Nitrofurantoin is a generic drug that’s prescribed to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). The medication is available as the brand-name drugs Furadantin, Macrobid, and Macrodantin. The cost of nitrofurantoin with and without insurance can depend on several factors, such as whether the drug has a savings program.

Nitrofurantoin comes in these oral forms: capsule and liquid suspension. The medication belongs to a drug class called antimicrobials or antibiotics.

Read on to learn about nitrofurantoin and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about nitrofurantoin, refer to this article.

As with all medications, the cost of nitrofurantoin 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 nitrofurantoin 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 nitrofurantoin. This means the company and your doctor will discuss nitrofurantoin 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 nitrofurantoin requires prior authorization.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and nitrofurantoin.

How do the costs of nitrofurantoin 100-mg oral capsule and nitrofurantoin liquid compare?

The price of the 100-milligram (mg) strength of nitrofurantoin capsule and liquid suspension may differ based on several factors. These include your dosage, pharmacy, and whether you use an insurance plan for your prescription. This is because insurance plans can differ in how they cover nitrofurantoin and the copay they charge for it.*

To find out the cost of your nitrofurantoin prescription, talk with your pharmacist. You can also reach out to your doctor or insurance company.

* A copay is set by your insurance policy. It’s the fee you pay for a doctor’s appointment or a prescription, while your insurance pays for the rest.

What is the cost of nitrofurantoin without insurance?

The cost of nitrofurantoin without insurance may be higher than the cost with insurance. In general, the price you pay for drugs is higher when you don’t have insurance. However, generic drugs, including nitrofurantoin, are usually less expensive than the brand-name versions.

If you’re paying out of pocket for nitrofurantoin, your pharmacist can tell you the drug’s cash price. This is the cost without insurance. You may be able to find online savings and coupons to help pay for nitrofurantoin. To learn more, see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below.

Nitrofurantoin 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.

Nitrofurantoin is available as the brand-name drugs Furadantin, Macrobid, and Macrodantin. If your doctor has prescribed nitrofurantoin and you’re interested in taking a brand-name drug 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 these brand-name drugs compares with the cost of nitrofurantoin, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you need financial support to pay for nitrofurantoin, 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 nitrofurantoin, you may still have some questions. It may be helpful to talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to nitrofurantoin. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for nitrofurantoin.

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