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Savings Alert for Generic Propecia (Finasteride)

by Elizabeth Davis on May 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Finasteride (generic Propecia) has also been available for some time now as a generic alternative to Proscar, the benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) med. Since the two are different strengths—1 mg for Propecia and 5 mg for Proscar—a generic specifically for Propecia should have been great news for anyone looking to save.

The 5 mg finasteride is still significantly cheaper though, as low as $10 at some pharmacies for 30 tablets, where the 1 mg tablet is often priced at $70+ for the same quantity. There are probably a couple of reasons why.

First, the 5 mg strength has been around longer, and the price has decreased over time. However, finasteride for hair loss isn’t covered by as many insurance plans, and with more people willing to pay out of pocket, the 1 mg price may take longer to catch up if it does at all—even though you’re getting less active ingredient per pill.

So, how do you find the best price for your generic Propecia? Shop around. In this case, you can find a coupon that will bring your price at Walgreens to around $36 for 30 tablets, cutting that sky-high $70 in half, and coming in a good $10 – $20 less than the next lowest price in most areas.

If you prefer not to go with Walgreens, the next coupons in line are for Rite Aid at around $45 and some grocery store chains (Kroger stores, Winn-Dixie, and Publix, for example) in the $55 – $65 range. Cash prices at warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club may also be about $45 – $60.

The cost of finasteride 1 mg tablets will hopefully continue to drop over time, and until then you can check for coupons in your area here.


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