Insulins are used to lower blood sugar levels to treat diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2 by stopping the liver from producing more sugar.

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This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Insulins

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Lantus
266
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Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Lantus is more popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin, but there is an alternative insulin with the same active ingredient as Lantus. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Lantus is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Humalog
322
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Humalog (insulin lispro) is a short-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humalog is more popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humalog is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Novolog
538
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Novolog (insulin aspart) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Levemir
409
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Levemir (insulin detemir) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Humulin N
288
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Humulin N (human insulin) is an intermediate-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humulin N is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humulin N is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Toujeo
347
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Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a long acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Toujeo is slightly less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilars may be available soon. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Toujeo is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans.
Humulin R
100
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Humulin R (human insulin) is a short-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humulin R is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humulin R is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Humulin 70/30
288
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Humulin 70/30 is used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humulin 70/30 is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humulin 70/30 is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Novolin 70/30
24
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Novolin 70/30 (human insulin) is used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Novolin 70/30 is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Novolin 70/30 is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans.
Novolog 70/30
538
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Novolog 70/30 (insulin aspart) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Humalog 75/25
322
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Humalog 75/25 is used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humalog 75/25 is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humalog 75/25 is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Novolin N
24
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Novolin N (human insulin) is an intermediate-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Novolin N is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Novolin N is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Tresiba
452
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Tresiba (insulin degludec) is an expensive drug used to lower the amount of sugar in your blood. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Basaglar
323
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Basaglar (insulin glargine) is an expensive, long-acting type of insulin. It is the first biosimilar insulin used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It is more popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, but Basaglar is a biosimilar to Lantus, one of the most popular long-acting insulins. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Novolin R
24
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Novolin R (human insulin) is a short-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Novolin R is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Novolin R is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Apidra
400
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Apidra (insulin glulisine) is a fast-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Apida is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options of any insulin, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Apidra is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Humalog 50/50
322
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Humalog 50/50 is used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Humalog 50/50 is less popular than other insulins. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. Brand-name drugs are expensive, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Humalog 50/50 is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Soliqua 100/33
650
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Soliqua 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes type 2. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Afrezza
313
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Afrezza (insulin) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for any insulin brand, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Ryzodeg
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Xultophy
N/A N/A See Prices
INSULIN DEGLUDEC; LIRAGLUTIDE is a combination of 2 medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes. This medicine lowers blood sugar. Treatment is combined with a balanced diet and exercise.

Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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