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Prescription bottles don’t have price tags, but if they did, you’d likely be in for sticker shock when looking at the cost of Vyvanse. It’s a brand-name drug with no generic version available. This means it comes at a premium.
Made by Shire, Vyvanse is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD in adults and children, and for binge eating disorder. It works by stimulating the nervous system and is classified as a controlled substance because it carries a risk of abuse and dependence.
How much does Vyvanse cost?
The price of Vyvanse depends on several things: your insurance coverage, your daily dosage and the pharmacy where you shop.
The average cash price for a 30-day supply of Vyvanse is up to about $270, according to GoodRX.com, which allows users to shop for prescriptions locally, based on zip code.
Finding the best price for Vyvanse
Shopping for the best deal isn’t just smart when you’re looking for a new car or furniture; smart shopping can save on drug costs as well.
Call around to local pharmacies to check prices. You can also find competitive pricing through online pharmacies, but be cautious: Many online pharmacies are illegal.
Once you find the lowest, legitimate price for your prescription, apply other money-saving techniques to save even more.
More ways to save on Vyvanse
Though there’s no generic Vyvanse available, there are other ways to save.
The maker of this drug offers a saving plan that can cut your out-of-pocket costs when it comes time for a refill. It also has a program specifically for low-income patients called Shire Cares that might allow you to get your monthly prescription for free.
Finally, numerous websites offer Vyvanse coupons and other money-saving strategies. You might want to talk to your doctor about a therapeutic alternative called dextroamphetamine, available for almost half the price of Vyvanse. Drugs.com offers a printable drug discount card, and several websites have printable coupons.
Elizabeth Renter is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @elizabethrenter.