Vyvanse can have a big impact on your wallet. Since it is typically prescribed for daily maintenance of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and binge eating disorder, monthly costs can skyrocket to an unmanageable level, causing sticker shock at the pharmacy.
Here’s all you need to know to keep your costs down.
How popular is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is currently the third most popular central nervous system stimulant, the 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 blog here.
When will the generic be available?
At this time, there is no generic available for Vyvanse. However, it may become available as generic lisdexamfetamine after 2023—when the brand name patent expires. While this 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, like Concerta (methylphenidate er), and Adderall (amphetamine salt combo) have cheap generic alternatives. 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 may not be covered, plans tend to offer coverage other preferred brands.
- For more information on how Vyvanse compares to other stimulants, check out Iodine’s comparisons here. As always, you’ll want to speak with your doctor if you think another medication might work better for you.
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Vyvanse works best for me—can I still save?
- Filling a 90-day supply all at once can often help shave a little more off your out-of-pocket cost. To do this, 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 also 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. GoodRx does offer discounts for Vyvanse online. While this may not make it affordable for everyone, a coupon can still knock off 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.
- Get savings from the manufacturer. 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 you get your medication for free if you qualify. See more information about the manufacturer program here, and the patient assistance program here.
- Try again to get it covered. If you have insurance and your plan doesn’t cover Vyvanse, ask your doctor about submitting an appeal. For conditions like ED, this may not always work, but could still be worth a try.