Valacyclovir is a generic oral tablet that’s prescribed for viral infections caused by the herpes virus. It’s available as the brand-name drug Valtrex. The cost of valacyclovir with and without insurance can depend on several factors, such as whether the drug has a savings program.
Specifically, valacyclovir is used to:
- treat cold sores
- treat and manage outbreaks of genital herpes
- help prevent the transmission of genital herpes
- treat shingles
- treat chickenpox
Valacyclovir belongs to the antiviral drug class.
Read on to learn about valacyclovir and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about valacyclovir, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of valacyclovir 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 valacyclovir will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and valacyclovir.
How can I figure out the prices for 500-mg and 1,000-mg valacyclovir tablets?
To figure out the price you’ll pay for valacyclovir oral tablets, talk with your pharmacist.
Valacyclovir tablets come in two strengths: 500 milligrams (mg) and 1 gram (g). The 1-g strength is equal to 1,000 mg. The price you pay depends on several factors, including your treatment plan, your specific insurance coverage, and which pharmacy you choose.
Your pharmacist can use your treatment plan and insurance coverage to figure out the price you’ll pay for valacyclovir oral tablets. Your insurance provider may also be able to provide this information.
What does valacyclovir cost without insurance?
The cost of valacyclovir with or without insurance can vary. In general, costs are usually higher without insurance.
If you have questions about what valacyclovir costs, talk with your pharmacist. They may be able to help determine what price you’ll pay with and without insurance.
What’s the price of valacyclovir in cream form?
Valacyclovir is not available in cream form.
However, acyclovir (Zovirax), which is similar to valacyclovir, is available as a cream. Like valacyclovir, it’s a prescription medication used to treat cold sores.
To find out the price of valacyclovir or learn more about acyclovir, talk with your pharmacist.
Valacyclovir 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.
Valacyclovir is available as a brand-name drug called Valtrex. To find out how the cost of Valtrex compares with the cost of valacyclovir, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed valacyclovir and you’re interested in using Valtrex instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
Keep reading for information on ways to reduce long-term drug costs with valacyclovir treatment.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of valacyclovir. 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
Valacyclovir 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 valacyclovir, 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 valacyclovir, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance on cost issues. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for valacyclovir.
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 valacyclovir, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about valacyclovir’s side effects, read this article.
- Information on your condition. For more information on shingles, see our list of shingles articles.If you’d like to learn more about the other conditions valacyclovir is used to treat, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
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