My husband has been taking Suboxone for several week, 8mg 3x daily. Our insurance has just been cancelled so the med. will cost $487 for a 30 day supply. Does anyone know of a GENERIC BRAND that my husband can ask his dr. about? Sometimes drs. are not as forthcoming, so I want to bring it up.
They are working on one but I don't think it is licensed yet. There is one for the sister medication subutex. CVS pharmacy has been really nice to me about filling a partial rx of suboxone for me for as few as 2 pills at a time. Ask to see if they might do this for your husband. He may be able to take less of this medication, it is often prescribed at a higher dose than is needed. You should get him to get that cleared with the doctor who prescribed it. It lasts for a while on the receptor sites, usually over 24 hours. Since he has only been taking it for a few weeks, it probably won't be that hard to taper it. I am not a doctor, but have been on suboxone for 2 years and have gotten down from 12 mgs to .5 mgs. I found that it was not hard for me to drop the dose. Please get him to call his doctor and explain about the money situation and see what their advice is.
Unfortunately Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) does not currently come in a generic form, even though the british company's patent has expired. Subutex (just the buprenorphine) does have a generic now that would be much much cheaper. If you are taking the suboxone for opioid dependence, which more than likely you are, your doc will probably not switch you to subutex. It's not that he doesn't trust you that you won't try and shoot up the subutex, it's more for insurance purposes and FDA monitoring that he's worried about. I am fortunate enough to have very good health insurance so I pay about 45 dollars for 60 8mg tabs a month, but have asked about cash prices just to see what they run for and was quoted around 450 at walmart and 420 at CVS. I know strange right? CVS cheaper than walmart RX??? I guess it makes sense because CVS has always been in that business and probably gets some better deals with the RX companies.
My advice would be to either search around for the cheapest pharmacy OR you could always check the drug company's suboxone program to see if you qualify. I think the company is Reckitt and the program is run through need meds. Good luck, hope all turns out well!
No there is no generic suboxone. I had the same issue about paying for it. It's terrible but what i did was I was elligable for medicaid try that or if that dont work try the gennesse health plan that doesnt cover alot but i know that they refill your perscriptions for free if you do it there and if you have medicaide its kinda tricky to get yoru subs filled free you have to do some paperwork.
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