Hello all. Just got home from the doctor and super excited about starting contrave but I'm finding it's not $50-60 as the doctor had told me it's almost three times that amount. Anyone finding it close to that price anywhere?
No, the price will vary from state to state. Pharmaceutical companies have done studies to get the very most of out insurance companies and insurers for their profit margins.
This drug was denied approval in 2011 by our FDA to due heart attack concerns and is still a BIG warning on it's consumer information packet.
I suggest you join weight watchers for $39.95/month, learn how to eat properly, and exercise properly instead of looking for a magic bullet that puts your body at risk of death.
Your dr must think he's in the 70s yet. No way would any amount of them be that little. Now here's the thing that kind of ticks me off. All contrave is is wellbutrin and naltrexone. two drugs that come in generic form if you don't want it all in one pill. Wellbutrin is about 25 and the naltrexone is around 40.
There is a disturbing trend among drug companies to either stick 2 old meds together, label it with a new name, and charging a lot, or either renaming an old drug with a generic and repurposing it, at a much higher price. Either way we're getting ripped off.
Just go to the contrave.com website. They have a prescription card that will discount the med for you. I got a 30 day supply for 70.00 at CVS. I think that offer extends for multiple months if you decide to keep taking it. It's working for me, so in my case the cost is worth it. I'm a Weight Watchers online member, and I'm finding that with taking Contrave, for the first time ever, I'm actually able to follow and stay on the Weight Watchers plan!
I just left my cvs pharmacy. I had my prescription my insurance card and my contrave discount card. I left with nothing. The total was $215. I asked to use the discount card. I was told it won't work with your insurance. Hmm why? Its federal... yes I'm a postal worker. Its still private bc/bs. Nope won't work. I said ok skip the insurance and just use the discount card. The pharmacist says nope can't do that either. My system won't let me. I was amazed!! So what if I hadn't had insurance at all? I'm hoping to find a pharmacy tomorrow that will help me. I'm feeling very discouraged.
I'm in Illinois, I currently have health insurance that will cover contrave. The discount card I got off the website only takes off $5. So it ends up being $55 each month. I am seeing some improvement, but I can't poop ever! So my weight fluctuates A LOT. Unfortunately after the first of the year my insurance changes and does not cover medication for weight loss.
So, for the person that was getting their discount card rejected at the pharmacy- they were doing it wrong, the card works with insurance.
For the person that had the high cost, check what your insurance covers and how it's worded. Maybe you can work with your doc on that.
Yes and I'm pissed! I'm in Cali and paid $148.00 at Von's pharmacy. Von's would not honor discount card and gave me double talk as to why they wouldn't accept it. Basically blamed the drug company and told me I needed to read the fine print. Got home and took out magnifying glass to read fine print. No I don't have gov. insurance, I have private ins. and as far as I could tell, they should have accepted my card and gave me the discount. Called pharmacy back and they said I had to get approval from my private insurance. What? Doc told me my insurance won't cover and that's why I'm using discount card. Last straw, "we will contact your ins. and let you know within a few weeks and then you can bring receipt in and we will refund you. Refund good only for 7 days". Whatever.
Hi Mrori, I'm n Indiana, I went to Kroger pharmacy and I had no issue getting my prescription for 70 bucks without adding my insurance. I would suggest that you try the advice of one of the other respondents who had the idea of having your doctor prescribe each medication individually and see if there is a savings there. I go see my physician on the 26th and I plan to ask if that is a possibility. I'm all about saving money. Good luck on your journey and let us know what happened.
Comment to Mthomas614, Tiff80, suebeth and everyone else. This is not short, not long - but bear with me. No, I'll shorten it! For everyone: When your physician prescribes ANY medication for you ask if he/she has manufacturers discount cards available. This "trick" changed my cost from $217 to $67 on the next attempt to get my meds (Not at CVS or Walgreen's! - they are both rip-off specialists!).
Second suggestion for veterans - get your meds thru the VA. You will not believe the savings! Thanks for allowing my comments - I omitted the RANT.
- Contrave Information for Consumers
- Contrave Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Contrave (detailed)
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