Prednisolone is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat many different conditions, including certain:
- allergic conditions, such as eczema
- skin conditions, such as rashes
- cancers, such as acute leukemia
- lung conditions, such as asthma
For more information about the uses of prednisolone, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Here are some details about prednisolone:
- Drug class: corticosteroid
- Drug forms: oral tablet, oral disintegrating tablet, oral syrup, eye drops, IV injection,* intramuscular injection*
- Brand-name versions: Omnipred, Pred Mild, Orapred ODT, Pred Forte, Millipred, Pediapred, Prelone
Read on to learn about prednisolone and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
* The injection forms of promethazine are given only by healthcare professionals in a hospital or surgery center.
As with all medications, the cost of prednisolone can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
For injection forms of prednisolone, what you pay will also depend on the cost of the visit to your healthcare professional to receive the injections.
To find out what the cost of prednisolone will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and prednisolone.
Is prednisolone acetate available? If so, how much does this form of the drug cost?
Prednisolone acetate is available as certain brand-name drugs, and your pharmacist can help determine the cost.
Prednisolone acetate is available only as brand-name medications that come as eye drops. (These medications include Omnipred and Pred Forte.) Prednisolone acetate used to be available as a generic drug in injection form, but it has been discontinued.
Prednisolone acetate is the salt form of prednisolone. Salt forms are created to help the drug dissolve more easily so your body can absorb it better.
The brand-name versions of prednisolone acetate are likely to cost more than the generic version of the drug. However, the actual cost can vary based on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the location of the pharmacy.
If you’d like to learn more about prednisolone acetate and its cost, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Does the cost of prednisolone vary based on the form or strength of the drug I take?
Yes, the cost of prednisolone may vary based on the form or strength of the medication.
Prednisolone comes as oral tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral syrups, injections, and eye drops. But the cost difference among the forms will likely depend more on whether your doctor has prescribed a brand-name or generic version.
Prednisolone eye drops are available only as brand-name versions, while prednisolone oral tablets and syrups are available as brand names and generics. The cost of generics is usually lower than the cost of brand-name medications.
The cost of prednisolone may also be higher as the drug strength increases. For example, the 15-milligram (mg) strength of prednisolone typically costs more than the 10-mg strength.
Prednisolone doesn’t come in 5-mg or 50-mg strengths, but a related drug with a similar name does: prednisone. Prednisolone is the active form of prednisone. This means that prednisone is metabolized (broken down) in the body to become prednisolone.
The actual price you’ll pay for prednisolone will also depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. You can talk with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about the cost of prednisolone for you.
How much does prednisolone cost without insurance?
Prednisolone without insurance will likely be more expensive than with insurance. The cost will also vary based on which pharmacy you use.
If you have questions about the cost of your prednisolone medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Prednisolone is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
Prednisolone is available as the brand-name drugs Omnipred, Pred Mild, Orapred ODT, Pred Forte, Millipred, Pediapred, and Prelone. To find out how the cost of these brand names compare with the cost of prednisolone, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed prednisolone and you’re interested in using a brand-name version 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.
Below are some tips on reducing the long-term cost of prednisolone.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of prednisolone. 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 or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Prednisolone 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 prednisolone, 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 prednisolone, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance on cost issues related to you and prednisolone. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for prednisolone.
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.
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