Promethazine is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat a variety of conditions, such as nausea and vomiting, motion sickness, and allergies. Promethazine is also used to aid sleep before and after surgery and treat pain after surgery.
For more information about promethazine’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about promethazine:
- Drug class: phenothiazines
- Drug forms: oral tablet, oral syrup, rectal suppository, intravenous (IV) injection,* intramuscular injection*
- Brand-name version: Promethegan
Read on to learn about promethazine 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 promethazine 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 promethazine will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and promethazine.
Does the price of promethazine vary depending on which form the drug comes in?
Yes, the price of promethazine may vary based on the form of the drug your doctor prescribes.
Promethazine is available as an oral pill, oral syrup, rectal suppository, intravenous (IV) injection, and intramuscular injection. (The injection forms of the drug are given only by healthcare professionals in a hospital or surgery center.)
The price of promethazine will also depend on your what your insurance coverage is and where you fill your prescriptions.
For more information about the price of promethazine and how much you may pay, talk with your pharmacist or health insurance provider.
How much does promethazine cost without insurance?
It’s possible that the cost of promethazine will be higher without insurance than with insurance. The cost may also vary based on where you have your prescription filled.
To learn more about the cost of promethazine, talk with your pharmacist or health insurance provider.
Promethazine is a generic drug, which is 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.
Promethazine is available in a brand-name form called Promethegan. Other brand names of promethazine have been discontinued.
To find out how the cost of Promethegan compares with the cost of promethazine, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed promethazine and you’re interested in using Promethegan instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. Whether you can use Promethegan will also depend on the form of promethazine your doctor recommends. This is because Promethegan is available only as rectal suppositories. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover Promethegan or promethazine.
Here are some options to help lower the long-term costs of promethazine.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of promethazine. 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
Promethazine 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 promethazine, 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 promethazine, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to you and promethazine. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for promethazine.
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 promethazine, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about allergies, see our asthma and allergies hub and our list of allergy articles. To learn more about the other conditions promethazine is used for, talk with your doctor.
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