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Quitting smoking is tough, but a Chantix coupon could make it easier — at least on your wallet. Chantix is a prescription medication from Pfizer that helps people quit smoking. The hefty price tag, as well as the drug’s many side effects, makes this treatment an unsuitable option for some folks. A month’s supply can cost $315 – $360 if paid for in cash.
That’s a big-ticket medication. But smoking and treatment for smoking-related medical conditions would cost even more. Finding ways to save money on the prescription may help you determine if Chantix is a good choice.
Generic medications can often save consumers hundreds of dollars over brand-name options. But in this case, you’ll find no such relief: There is no generic version of Chantix.
If you can’t afford Chantix even with money-saving options such as coupons, talk with your doctor about alternative smoking cessation pharmaceuticals. Though they aren’t generic forms Chantix, and therefore not at all the same drug, other medications — such as Zyban (bupropion) and Catapres (clonidine), which is normally used to treat high blood pressure — are available.
Chantix coupons from the manufacturer
Pfizer offers a Chantix Savings Card, which can save patients up to $75 per monthly prescription. But there are limitations to the offer, so not everyone will reap that maximum $75 benefit.
Here’s how the deal works, according to Pfizer’s website:
If your out-of-pocket prescription is $115 or less: You will pay no more than $40 per monthly Chantix prescription. If your out-of-pocket prescription cost is more than $115: You will pay $40 plus the difference between your prescription cost and $115.
Patients can use the card three times per calendar year; Chantix recommends patients only take the drug for three months.
Other ways to save on Chantix
There are more ways to save on Chantix. Most pharmacies offer a 90-day supply at a lower monthly cost. You’ll also find printable coupons on sites such as GoodRx.com and Drugs.com, and variety of companies offer prescription savings programs. Make sure you pay close attention to these programs’ terms and conditions, however, as some charge you at sign-up.
Since it’s invested in your health, your health insurance provider might be your best bet for saving on Chantix — most offer smoking cessation help, and Chantix is often on health insurance formularies.
Don’t underestimate the value of comparison shopping when purchasing prescriptions. You’ll find prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy, and even from location to location with the same drugstore. Call around before you get your order filled, and check prices at online pharmacies, too.
Elizabeth Renter is a staff writer covering health and personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethRenter and on Google+.
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