Pravastatin is a generic oral tablet prescribed for conditions including high cholesterol in adults and some children. Pravastatin isn’t available in a brand-name version. The cost of pravastatin with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Pravastatin belongs to the statin drug class. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pravastatin to:
- lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in adults with high cholesterol
- lower LDL cholesterol levels in children ages 8 years and older with a genetic form of high cholesterol
- slow the progression of coronary artery disease (CAD) in adults
- reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, death, and needing certain cardiovascular procedures in adults with CAD or high cholesterol
Read on to learn about pravastatin and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about pravastatin, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of pravastatin 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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Pravastatin is only available as a generic drug. It doesn’t come in a brand-name version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Pravastatin was based on Pravachol, which is no longer available.
Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
If you take pravastatin 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 pravastatin. 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
Pravastatin 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 pravastatin, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two options 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 pravastatin.
Does pravastatin 10 mg cost less than pravastatin 20 mg?
Possibly. Different strengths of pravastatin may vary slightly in price. The 10-milligram (mg) strength of pravastatin oral tablet may cost less than the 20-mg strength.*
However, the price you would pay for pravastatin depends on several factors, including:
- the quantity of medication you’re prescribed (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
- the pharmacy where you fill your prescription
- whether you use insurance and your prescription drug plan benefit
If you have questions about the cost of pravastatin with insurance, contact your plan administrator. For questions about your treatment plan, talk with your doctor.
* The drug also comes in strengths of 40 mg and 80 mg. To learn more, see the “Dosage” section in this article.
What’s the cost of pravastatin without insurance?
The price you’ll pay for pravastatin without insurance can vary based on several factors. But typically, the cost of the medication is higher without insurance. Other factors that could affect what you pay for this drug include:
- the strength and quantity of medication you’re prescribed (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
- your dosage and treatment plan
- whether you apply and qualify for any available savings programs
- the pharmacy you use
To learn the exact cost of this medication without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You may also want to contact several pharmacies to compare their prices for pravastatin.
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Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive pravastatin.
If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers pravastatin. This means the company and your doctor will discuss pravastatin in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether they’ll cover the medication. 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 pravastatin requires prior authorization.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and pravastatin, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to pravastatin. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for pravastatin.
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.
- More details. For details about other aspects of pravastatin, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about high cholesterol and coronary artery disease, see our cholesterol hub and list of cardiovascular articles.
Disclaimer: Medical News Today has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.