Flu season got you down? Save on Tamiflu costs with SingleCare

Cropped SingleCare logo By | December 10, 2019
Medically reviewed by Karen Berger, Pharm.D.

Fever, runny nose, body aches, and exhaustion are just a few of the symptoms that can hit you when you get the flu virus. And while those symptoms might not sound that bad, if you have ever had the flu, you know just how awful it can be. Plus, for high-risk populations such as elderly and children, the flu can come with life-threatening complications.

People over the age 65, when it is more common to have a compromised immune system, are more at risk for contracting the influenza virus. A 2013 study found that between 70 and 85% of flu-related deaths were among the elderly population. 

As for children, they likely spend their days among other young children at school, where germs are easily spread, especially during flu season. This spread of germs is especially prevalent in children under the age of 5, when their immune systems are not fully developed

From Oct. 2018 to May 2019, the U.S. was hit with an estimated 42.9 million cases of the flu, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, you should do that immediately. 

But if you already find yourself experiencing flu-like symptoms, your doctor may recommend Tamiflu. Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral medication that can help reduce flu symptoms if taken within the first 24 to 48 hours of getting infected. It can be effective in helping you feel better—but it’s not easy on the wallet. The average Tamiflu cost for a 10-day supply of 75 mg capsules in November 2019 was $180.96 and $105.62 for generic. (A typical prescribed course of treatment is 75 mg twice a day for five days or once a day for 10 days.)

The choice between money and medicine is a dilemma for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans. But with SingleCare’s free prescription card, members don’t have to choose worry about paying for Tamiflu—instead they can get a Tamiflu coupon to feel better faster.

Prices vary by dosage and location, so be sure to check the cost with our price lookup tool. Whether you have health insurance or not, SingleCare allows you to use our discount. You can’t use it with insurance, though, so be sure to compare Tamiflu prices and use the option that saves you the most. Sometimes your copay might be cheaper; sometimes SingleCare has the lowest price.

The SingleCare pharmacy discount card is available even if you have Medicare Part D. You can use it while you’re in the Medicare donut hole to save on out-of-pocket costs. Often, our prices are better than what you’d pay on your Part D plan.

To get the most savings on Tamiflu, search online before you visit the pharmacy or ask your pharmacist to process  the SingleCare card and compare the price to your Part D or insurance plan to see which saves you most.

Tamiflu is one of thousands of medications on which you can save when using the SingleCare pharmacy savings card. Search for your prescription drugs today, and start saving. 

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Frequently asked questions about Tamiflu costs

How much does Tamiflu cost with insurance?

The average Tamiflu cost for a 10-day supply of 75 mg capsules in November 2019 was $180.96. With insurance, you will pay a copay or a percentage of the price, depending on your coverage.

Is Tamiflu covered by insurance?

Tamiflu is typically covered by insurance, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid plans. A typical course of brand name Tamiflu capsules can cost between $155 to $170 without insurance. 

Is there a generic form of Tamiflu?

There is a generic of Tamiflu. It is called oseltamivir. A course of generic oseltamivir capsules averaged $105.62 in November 2019. 

Do I need a prescription for Tamiflu?

Yes, Tamiflu can only be purchased with a prescription.