While we all are waiting for Generic Dexilant (Dedexlansoprazole) to hit the pharmacies, the price of brand Dexilant continues to rise. As of now, the cash price for a 30-day supply of the medication can cost well over $300. Good news is that there are other ways to save money on your prescription.
What Is Dexilant Used For?
Dexilant is commonly used to treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is a proton pump inhibitor that reduces the amount of acid in your stomach and relieves the symptoms associated with the irritation of the esophagus. This drug is safe for adult consumption and children 12 years and older.
What Are the Common Side Effects of Dexilant?
The common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas, stuffy nose, sneezing, or other cold symptoms. Let your doctor know if you experience these, but most of the time, these side effects are expected.
However, if you notice any serious medical condition such as an allergy reaction, irregular heartbeat, any abnormal pain or muscular spasm then contact your doctor right away.
What Dosages Are Available for Dexilant?
Dexilant is available as a capsule with two strengths, 30 mg, and 60 mg. The Dexilant generic (Dedexlansoprazole) will be available as a 60 mg capsule. It is advisable to follow your doctor’s instructions for dosage and use of the medication.
How Much Does Dexilant Cost Without Insurance?
Dexilant is expensive. The price has increased by about 45% since 2015. The average cost for a 30 day supply of Dexilant oral capsule 30 mg is around $294. The prices may vary with location and pharmacies.
When Will Generic Dexilant Be Available?
FDA approved the dexlansoprazole (generic Dexilant) on May 16th, 2017 but it’s not available in the pharmacies yet.
Dexilant generic is expected to release in the last week of September 2018. The exact date, however, is not disclosed yet and we are not even sure that it will release this year. Fortunately, there are many other ways you can save money while waiting for the generic Dexilant to hit pharmacies.
How to Save on Dexilant?
1. Use your health insurance
Using your insurance to pay for your prescription drugs is by far the most convenient method. While most health insurance plans cover Dexilant, many require the patients to submit a prior authorization form or complete a step therapy before they cover the drug. Both of these procedures are time-consuming and complicated.
2. Pay as little as $20 for your prescription with a Dexilant Instant Savings Card
The manufacturer of Dexilant, Takeda Pharmaceuticals offers a Dexilant savings coupon for eligible patients. With the Dexilant Instant Savings Card, patients will pay as little as $20 for their prescription.
Some qualified patients may even get a free prescription or savings via the Takeda Patient Assistance Program. However, this program is not valid for prescriptions reimbursed through Medicare or any other Federal or state health program.
3. Use a Prescription Discount Card
A prescription discount card typically offers you more savings than a manufacturer coupon. The best part – You can get it free online and use it for as many prescriptions as you want.
4. Ask your doctor about an alternative prescription
If you are finding your current prescription bearing heavily on your living expenses, try speaking with your doctor about alternative prescriptions. Try to find drugs that your insurance plan covers. Comparable alternatives include Protonix (pantoprazole), prescription-strength Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid, and Aciphex.
Once the generic Dexilant is available in your pharmacy, you may ask your doctor to switch back.
5. Look for over the counter medications
Nowadays many acid reflux medications are conveniently available over the counter. Though they may not have the exact similar properties as Dexilant, they are much more affordable and work really well. Speak to your doctor about these non-prescription drugs that include Prilosec, Zantac, and Nexium.
6. Apply for a patient assistance program
These programs are offered to help uninsured, low-income patients to help them save money on prescription drugs. These programs are often run by pharmaceutical companies to help qualifying patients get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them.