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Xarelto Generic Is Three Years Away: Here’s How to Save While You Wait

by Tori Marsh on December 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Xarelto is a commonly prescribed drug that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and atrial fibrillation (a so-called anticoagulant).

The bad news? It’s really expensive, and Xarelto isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Xarelto right for you, how can you make it affordable?

Here’s some information about Xarelto and how you can save.   

How popular is Xarelto?

Xarelto is the third most popular anticoagulant, a class of medications that also includes Coumadin (jantoven, warfarin), Praxada, and Eliquis. Commonly referred to as blood thinners, these drugs help to prevent blood clots that can cause deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, angina, stroke, and heart attack.

When will generic Xarelto be available?

As of December 2017, there is no generic available for Xarelto. However, it may become available as rivaroxaban in 2021, when the brand name patient expires. While you might have to wait three more years to save with the generic, there are other ways to cut costs on Xarelto.

Are there any cheaper anticoagulants I can try?

While Xarelto doesn’t have a generic, there are a couple of alternatives. Be sure you speak with your doctor to see if these alternatives will work for you.

  • Coumadin (warfarin, jantoven). Coumadin is a popular anticoagulant that has two affordable generic alternatives, warfarin and jantoven, that can cost as little as $4 for a one month supply. Very affordable, but what is the downside? Well, Coumadin can raise your risk of bleeding and bruising, so it requires regular blood tests to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Other anticoagulants. Pradaxa or Eliquis are both still only available in brand form – so they don’t have cheaper generic versions. Still, these alternatives may be more affordable, especially if they are covered by your prescription insurance.
  • For more information on how Xarelto compares to other anticoagulants, check out Iodine’s page on Xarelto alternatives. As always you’ll want to speak with your doctor if you think other medications might work better for you.

Xarelto still works best for me—how can I save?

  • Fill a 90-day supply. This can help shave a little more off of your out-of-pocket costs. Be aware that you will need a new prescription from your doctor, and approval from your insurance to fill for a higher quantity. Check in with your doctor, insurance, and/or pharmacist.
  • Use a Xarelto coupon from GoodRx. GoodRx offers discounts for Xarelto online, which can usually save at least 15% off the full retail price.
  • Split a higher dosage pill. This can help reduce costs, especially if two strengths are priced similarly. You’ll want to check in with your doctor to see if this is a safe option for you.
  • Try to appeal your coverage. If you have insurance, and your plan doesn’t cover Xarelto, ask your doctor about submitting an appeal. Some plans require prior authorizations—meaning you need permission from your insurance plan and a special request from your doctor before you can fill your prescription. If you have insurance, call your provider and ask how to get this process started.

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