Vyvanse is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children ages 6 years and older. It’s also approved to treat moderate or severe binge eating disorder in adults.
For more information about Vyvanse’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Vyvanse:
- Active ingredient: lisdexamfetamine
- Drug forms: oral capsule or chewable tablet
- Generic version: not available
Read on to learn about Vyvanse and cost as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of Vyvanse can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Vyvanse has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Vyvanse 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 Vyvanse. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Vyvanse in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization and you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether Vyvanse requires prior authorization.
There’s a savings card (copay card) available from the manufacturer of Vyvanse. You may be eligible for this coupon with no insurance. However, this may vary from person to person. This card may also cover the out-of-pocket cost if Vyvanse is not covered by insurance.
To learn more, including whether you’re eligible for the savings card, visit the manufacturer’s website. You can also call 877-825-3327.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Vyvanse.
What are the costs of Vyvanse with and without insurance?
The costs of Vyvanse with and without insurance depend on several factors. This includes the pharmacy you use and your insurance coverage. To learn more about these factors, see the “Vyvanse price” section above.
If you have insurance, you can learn more about the costs of Vyvanse by visiting the drug manufacturer’s website. There, you can find the cost you’ll pay for Vyvanse per month based on your insurance plan. You can also call 877-825-3327 to learn more.
To learn more about the costs of Vyvanse with and without insurance, talk with your insurance provider or pharmacist.
How do the prices of the 20-mg, 30-mg, 40-mg, and 50-mg strengths of Vyvanse compare?
The prices of the 20-milligram (mg), 30-mg, 40-mg, and 50-mg strengths of Vyvanse are generally the same. However, these prices can vary depending on certain factors, such as the pharmacy you use and your insurance coverage. For more information about these factors, see the “Vyvanse price” section above.
To learn more about the costs of Vyvanse and how they may vary by strength, talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider.
Can my pharmacist help me determine the cost of Vyvanse in the U.S.?
Yes, your pharmacist can help determine the cost of Vyvanse in the U.S. The cost you pay can vary depending on several factors, including your treatment plan and the pharmacy you use. To learn more about these factors, see the “Vyvanse price” section above.
A lower cost generic version of Vyvanse may be available in the next few years. If you have questions about this version, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can tell you more about when it might be available.
How can I figure out the cost per pill for Vyvanse?
The cost per pill for Vyvanse varies depending on several factors, including the pharmacy you use and your insurance coverage. For more information about these factors, see the “Vyvanse price” section above.
If you have insurance, you can learn more about the cost per pill by visiting the manufacturer’s website. There, you can find the cost you’ll pay for Vyvanse per month based on your insurance plan.
You can also talk with your pharmacist to learn more.
Vyvanse 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.
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 active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.
If you take Vyvanse 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 Vyvanse. 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
Vyvanse 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 Vyvanse, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- If you have insurance, a savings card is available from the drug manufacturer. To learn more, see the manufacturer’s website or call 877-825-3327.
- A program called Help at Hand is available for Vyvanse. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 800-830-9159 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 with or without insurance, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Vyvanse, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Vyvanse. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Vyvanse.
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.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Vyvanse, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For information about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), see our list of ADHD articles. For details about binge eating disorder, you can refer to our mental health hub and this list of eating disorder articles.
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