All medication prices vary based on many factors, like whether it is a brand-name or generic drug, insurance coverage, and drug formularies. Adderall is no different. Those who are prescribed this ADHD medication often ask: How much does Adderall cost? Find out how to save money on Adderall without insurance in this guide.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a combination drug containing amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Adderall is a brand name, but it’s also available in a generic form. Patients must have a prescription to purchase Adderall or its generic.
This stimulant is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It can be habit-forming and is sometimes used recreationally, so it is a highly controlled substance.
“Adderall is a medication that increases dopamine,” explains Timothy Legg, PsyD, faculty member for Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, with over 20 years of experience providing mental health care to patients. “It does the same for the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which results in an overall enhancement of the effects of both dopamine and norepinephrine. By enhancing dopamine and norepinephrine action in certain brain regions, attention, concentration, executive function, and wakefulness are enhanced.”
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Adderall is available in either immediate-release (IR) tablets or extended-release (XR) capsule formulations.
|ADHD in adults
||Oral tablet or capsule
||5 mg tablet once to twice daily (Adderall)
20 mg capsule daily (Adderall XR)
|Narcolepsy in adults
||10 mg tablet daily in the morning
|ADHD in children aged 3-17
||2.5 mg tablet daily in the morning
Doctors may increase Adderall dosages in 5 to 10 mg increments weekly until they find the optimal dosage. Dosages rarely exceed 40 mg per day. Dosing varies by patient.
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Adderall side effects
Regardless of whether someone takes Adderall for ADHD or narcolepsy, there is the risk of experiencing side effects. Some side effects of Adderall include:
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Changes in libido
- Dry mouth
- Stomach issues (such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea)
How much does Adderall cost without insurance?
Adderall costs depend on several factors like the dosage, drug formulation (Adderall XR or IR), generic or brand-name, and whether the patient has health insurance.
Adderall without insurance costs nearly $8 per tablet, or $237.30 per month for an initial dose of one 5 mg tablet once a day. Fortunately, generic drugs are typically much more affordable than their brand-name counterparts. The same amount of generic Adderall costs less than $25 with a SingleCare coupon.
Given the variation in Adderall costs, patients should speak to their healthcare provider about their options, especially if they’re uninsured or have a high insurance copay. Doctors may recommend a cheaper alternative to Adderall, like generic Ritalin or generic Focalin. Although the cost of these medications still varies, SingleCare users can pay $16-$20 for 30, 5 mg tablets.
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How to get Adderall without insurance
There are a few ways people can save on Adderall or comparable ADHD medications. Here are a few options to reduce the cost of Adderall.
1. Go generic
Uninsured pharmacy customers could save hundreds of dollars by opting for generic Adderall. First, ask a pharmacist if amphetamine-dextroamphetamine is available.
2. Use a SingleCare savings card
Pharmacy customers can save up to 80% on prescription drugs using a SingleCare savings card. SingleCare users can search for Adderall or its generic on singlecare.com and show the coupon to a pharmacist when filling their prescription at a participating pharmacy like CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, or Walgreens.
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3. Apply to a patient assistance program
Patient assistance programs help eligible patients pay for their prescriptions at a discounted rate or for free. One resource for finding the best patient assistance program is this Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT). Created by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), this tool finds patient assistance programs based on the medication a patient needs and their personal information (like insurance status and income). Unlike prescription discount cards like SingleCare, patient assistance programs have eligibility requirements, so patients have to enter some personal information to find out if they qualify for financial assistance.
4. Change medications
Finally, patients can always speak with their healthcare provider about other options to treat their ADHD or narcolepsy. Other ADHD medications may be available and a better fit for their health and their wallet.