Rybelsus is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.* It’s meant to be used along with exercise and diet.
Rybelsus comes as a tablet that you swallow. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide.
For more information about the uses of Rybelsus, refer to this article.
* Rybelsus is not approved to treat type 1 diabetes.
Here are some details about Rybelsus:
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Generic version: not available
Read on to learn about Rybelsus tablets and cost and how to save money on medications.
As with all medications, the cost of Rybelsus can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Rybelsus has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Rybelsus will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Rybelsus.
What’s the cost of Rybelsus with and without insurance coverage?
Like all prescription medications, the cost of Rybelsus can vary with and without insurance coverage. In general, medications tend to cost less with insurance coverage.
To learn more about the cost of Rybelsus, including the price you may pay, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They’ll be able to provide more information about the price you’ll pay for Rybelsus with and without insurance coverage.
How do the prices of the 3-mg, 7-mg, and 14-mg Rybelsus tablets compare?
In general, prices of the 3-milligram (mg), 7-mg, and 14-mg Rybelsus tablets are likely to be very close or the same.
Keep in mind that the price you pay for Rybelsus will depend on several factors, including your treatment plan, the pharmacy you use, and your insurance coverage.
If you’d like to learn more about the cost of the Rybelsus strength your doctor prescribes for you, talk with your pharmacist, doctor, or insurance provider.
Can my pharmacist help me figure out the cost of Rybelsus per month?
Yes, your pharmacist can help figure out how much you will pay for Rybelsus per month.
To do so, your pharmacist will use information such as your treatment plan and your insurance plan.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of prescription drugs like Rybelsus can change over time. The amount you pay may also change if your insurance plan changes. So, the price your pharmacist quotes today may not always be the same price you pay as you take Rybelsus long term.
Talk with your pharmacist if you’d like to know more about the cost of Rybelsus per month. And, if you notice changes to the price you pay for Rybelsus over time, ask your pharmacist about the price change. They may be able to help figure out what may cause the price to change, such as changes to the drug’s cost or your insurance plan.
Rybelsus is only available as a brand-name drug. It doesn’t come in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication.
The prices of generics tend to be less than brand-name drugs.
Why are costs different for brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?
Brand-name drugs can be expensive because of the research needed to test their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell it for up to 20 years. When the brand-name drug’s patent expires, multiple manufacturers can create generic versions. This marketplace competition may lead to lower costs for generics. Also, because generics contain the same ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.
If you take Rybelsus 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 Rybelsus. 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
Rybelsus 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 Rybelsus, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- Cost support from the manufacturer of Rybelsus is available. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 833-275-2233 or visit the program website.
- Some websites provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services. Two such websites are:
To learn more about saving money on prescriptions, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about the cost of Rybelsus, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about other cost issues related to Rybelsus. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Rybelsus.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare costs and coverage for drugs such as Rybelsus, 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 Rybelsus, refer to this article.
- Information about type 2 diabetes. For more information about type 2 diabetes, see our diabetes hub and list of related articles.
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