Uceris (budesonide) is a brand-name drug prescribed for ulcerative colitis in adults. The medication is available in these forms: extended-release oral tablet and rectal foam.

Uceris belongs to a drug class called corticosteroids. Uceris is available in a generic version.

Read on to learn about Uceris and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like more information about Uceris, refer to this article.

As with all medications, the cost of Uceris can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:

  • your treatment plan
  • your insurance coverage
  • the pharmacy you use
  • whether Uceris has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)

To find out what the cost of Uceris will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Uceris. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Uceris in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. 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 Uceris requires prior authorization.

The active ingredient of Uceris is budesonide, which is available as a generic drug. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.

If your doctor has prescribed Uceris and you’re interested in using budesonide 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.

To find out how the cost of this generic drug compares with the cost of Uceris, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.


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 active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.

If you need financial support to pay for Uceris or help to understand your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:

  • 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:

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Uceris.

Does Uceris rectal foam cost more than the extended-release oral tablet form of the drug?

Your cost of Uceris rectal foam or extended-release tablets depends on your insurance plan, if you have one. It also depends on the amount of medication your doctor orders and how often you use the medication.

To learn more about what you’d pay for Uceris, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

How much does Uceris cost with insurance vs. without it?

What you pay for Uceris if you have insurance compared to what you’d pay without it depends on several factors.

Factors that could affect what you pay for this drug without insurance include:

  • the quantity your doctor prescribes (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
  • whether you apply and qualify for any available savings programs
  • your dosage and treatment plan
  • the pharmacy you use
  • the form of the drug your doctor prescribes

These same factors may affect your price for Uceris if you have insurance. But the price you pay with insurance will also depend on:

  • your specific plan benefits
  • any prior authorization requirements you have for drug coverage

To learn more about what you’d pay for Uceris with or without insurance, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

You can also visit Optum Perks for price estimates for this drug when using coupons from their site. However, Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance benefits or copays.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Medical News Today.

Now that you’ve learned about cost and Uceris, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Uceris. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Uceris.

Here are some other resources you may find helpful:

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