Let’s start with the bad news. Vyvanse—a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is really expensive. Many similar (but not exactly the same) drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but Vyvanse isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for you, how can you make it affordable?
Here’s some information about Vyanvse and how you can save.
How popular is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is the third most popular central nervous system stimulant, a class of medications that also includes Adderall (amphetamine salt combo) and Ritalin (methylphenidate). Drugs in this class are prescribed to help you focus and stay alert but can also be prescribed to treat narcolepsy and aid in weight loss.
For more information on Vyvanse, read our previous blog here.
When will generic Vyvanse be available?
As of October 2017, there is no generic available for Vyvanse. However, it may become available as generic lisdexamfetamine after 2023, when the brand name patent expires. While a generic alternative is still many years out, there are other ways to save on Vyvanse.
Are there any cheaper medications I can try for ADHD?
Finding a stimulant that works best for you and your pocketbook can be tricky. While Vyvanse doesn’t have a generic, there are a couple other options to speak with your doctor about.
- Other similar stimulants, including Concerta (methylphenidate er), and Adderall (amphetamine salt combo) have cheap generic alternatives. (See this Iodine comparison of Vyvanse vs Adderall for more information.) Keep in mind that switching stimulants may not always be easy, so it is always recommended that you consult your doctor.
- If you have insurance, check your coverage. While Vyvanse is not usually covered, plans tend to offer coverage for other brands.
- For more information on how Vyvanse compares to other stimulants, check out Iodine’s Vyvanse alternatives. As always, you’ll want to speak with your doctor if you think another medication might work better for you.
Vyvanse works best for me—can I still save?
- Filling a 90-day supply can help shave a little more off your out-of-pocket cost. Note that you may need a new prescription from your doctor, or approval from your insurance to fill a higher quantity, so check with your doctor, pharmacist, and/or insurance.
- Splitting a higher dosage pill can help decrease costs, especially if two strengths are priced similarly. You will want to ask your doctor to make sure this is a safe option for you.
- Use a Vyvanse coupon from GoodRx. GoodRx offers discounts for Vyvanse online. A GoodRx Vyvanse coupon can usually save at least 15% of the full retail price. Keep in mind that Vyvanse is a controlled substance, which means that some pharmacies may not honor the prices listed.
- Use a Vyvanse manufacturer coupon or patient assistance. Shire, the manufacturer of Vyvanse, offers both a manufacturer coupon and a patient assistant program. The manufacturer coupon can help reduce your out-of-pocket costs to $30 (for insured patients only), while the patient assistance program can help qualified patients get medication for free. For more detailed information on each program see the Vyvanse manufacturer coupon at GoodRx or visit Shire’s website directly.
- Try again to get it covered. If you have insurance and your plan doesn’t cover Vyvanse, ask your doctor about submitting an appeal. Some plans require prior authorizations—meaning you need permission from your insurance plan before you can fill your prescription—and then they will provide coverage. If you have insurance, call your provider and ask.
Learn more about Vyvanse at GoodRx’s Vyvanse page.