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Cymbalta combats several serious health conditions, but it isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are ways to save on the drug, including with Cymbalta coupons.
Cymbalta treats major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic musculoskeletal pain, according to manufacturer Eli Lilly. It can cost around $240 for a 30-day supply of 20 mg capsules from your local pharmacy.
Insurance may help pay for your Cymbalta, but it may not be enough. Here are ways to save.
Save with generic Cymbalta
After a drugmaker’s patent expires, other companies can start making generic versions of a drug and selling them for much less. Eli Lilly’s patent on Cymbalta expired in 2013. GoodRx lists the generic version, called duloxetine, at $25 for a 30-day supply of 20 mg capsules.
The availability and lower price of the generic version drove Cymbalta sales down 89% from 2013 to 2014, according to Eli Lilly, which no longer actively markets the drug in this country.
You can buy generic duloxetine without fear, because U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations require generic drugs to be just as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts.
As the FDA puts it: “All generic drugs approved by FDA have the same high quality, strength, purity and stability as brand-name drugs. And, the generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand name drugs.”
Cymbalta coupons from the manufacturer
Eli Lilly has programs to help cover the costs of its prescription drugs. Last year, these programs helped approximately 300,000 people in the United States, according to the company. To see whether you qualify for any of these programs, check the Lilly TruAssist website.
Other ways to save on Cymbalta
Websites like GoodRx and Drugs.com provide coupons and discounts for both brand-name Cymbalta and generic duloxetine. They also help you see how much you can save by, for instance, ordering a 90-day supply of the medication.
Prices can vary quite a bit by pharmacy, so you can save by calling around. Websites like GoodRx and Drugs.com also list prices both at nearby pharmacies and sometimes mail-order or online outlets.
Aubrey Cohen is a staff writer covering insurance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @aubreycohen and on Google+.
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