Spironolactone is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat the following conditions in certain adults:
- edema in people with certain kidney or liver problems
- heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
- high blood pressure*
- primary hyperaldosteronism
For more information about spironolactone’s uses, refer to this article.
* For this purpose, spironolactone is used in combination with other blood pressure drugs.
Here are some details on spironolactone:
Read on to learn about spironolactone and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of spironolactone 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 spironolactone will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and spironolactone.
How much does spironolactone cost without insurance?
The prescription cost for spironolactone can vary depending on whether you have insurance or not. It’s likely that the drug will cost more without insurance than it does with insurance.
To find out how much spironolactone costs out of pocket, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. (Out-of-pocket cost refers to the amount of the drug cost that you’re responsible for paying, instead of your insurance provider.)
Does the cost of spironolactone vary by strength?
Yes, the cost of spironolactone can vary depending on the strength you’re prescribed.
Spironolactone comes as an oral tablet. It’s available in the following strengths:
- 25 milligrams (mg)
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
If you have more questions about the cost of spironolactone, talk with your pharmacist. They can help determine how much you’ll pay for each strength of spironolactone, including the cost per tablet.
Spironolactone oral tablets are available in a brand-name form called Aldactone. Spironolactone also comes as an oral liquid, but this form of the drug is only available as brand-name Carospir. The oral liquid isn’t available as a generic.
A generic drug 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. Generics also tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. To find out how the cost of Aldactone compares with the cost of spironolactone, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed spironolactone and you’re interested in using Aldactone 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 a few suggestions on potential ways to reduce long-term drug costs of spironolactone.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of spironolactone. 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
Spironolactone 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 spironolactone, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details on 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 spironolactone, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance on cost issues related to you and spironolactone. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for spironolactone.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles on Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips on how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of spironolactone, refer to this article.
- Information on your condition. For more information on heart failure and hypertension, visit our cardiovascular health hub. You can also refer to our lists of cardiovascular articles and hypertension articles. To learn more about edema and primary hyperaldosternism, talk with your doctor.
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.