The Cost of Arthritis Medication Without Insurance

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The Cost of Arthritis Medication Without Insurance

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Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
By Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
May 18, 2020 - Updated Jan 13, 2021
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As the coronavirus pandemic persists, millions of Americans find themselves out of work, and many are uninsured. The cost of medications has become a prevalent concern. If you are uninsured and concerned about how you will pay for your medicines, know that RxSaver has options for paying for your prescriptions without insurance.

Over 54% of Americans suffer from arthritis, a condition that ranges in symptoms but includes swelling and stiffness in joints.

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How much do arthritis medications cost without insurance?

The cost of arthritis medications without insurance starts at $8.71* for 200 mg and 30 capsules for a prescription of Celecoxib using an RxSaver coupon.

The following are four commonly prescribed arthritis medications and their prices with RxSaver™. Pharmacy coupon prices vary by location and pharmacy, be sure to use RxSaver to determine pricing at your local pharmacies.

Medication Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Celecoxib (generic for Celebrex) $8.71
Diclofenac sodium (generic for Voltaren) $19.36
Meloxicam (generic for Mobic) $8.08
Naproxen (generic for Anaprox DS) $6.13

Can You Buy Arthritis Medication Over the Counter?

Many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that treat arthritis are available over the counter. You can get ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and diclofenac gel (Voltaren Arthritis Pain) over the counter. Other arthritis medications, such as Celebrex (celecoxib) and Mobic (meloxicam), require a prescription from a health care provider.

Many doctors’ offices are abiding by social distancing guidelines and closing temporarily or opening only for patients with urgent or emergency needs. If you cannot see your doctor in the office during the pandemic, you can choose from several telehealth services that can provide new prescriptions or refill an old prescription.

Search RxSaver to determine if your medication is available for home delivery.

When Do You Need Arthritis Medication?

The first step in managing your arthritis pain is to keep your joints moving. Engaging in low-impact exercise, maintaining good posture, and managing your weight will help keep your joints healthy. If your pain persists, you can add over-the-counter medicine to relieve pain and inflammation. If over-the-counter products are not strong enough to address your arthritis pain, you may need to talk to a health care provider about prescription medication. You can use a telehealth service from the comfort and safety of your home if your doctor’s office is closed during the pandemic.

How Do Arthritis Medications Work?

NSAIDs are commonly used to treat arthritis. They relieve pain and inflammation by inhibiting the production of substances in your body called prostaglandins. Your body releases prostaglandins as a response to tissue damage, and they are responsible for generating the following signs of inflammation:

  • redness
  • heat
  • swelling
  • pain

What Conditions Do Arthritis Medications Treat?

Arthritis medications, such as NSAIDs, can treat many conditions, including the following:

  • arthritis pain
  • inflammatory conditions
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • back pain
  • gout pain
  • headache
  • menstrual pain
  • dental pain
  • mild to moderate postoperative (after surgery) pain
  • fever

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Losing your job or your health insurance can be stressful and devastating, and worrying about how you will pay for your medications compounds the stress. It’s important to know that there are affordable options for obtaining your medications without insurance. If you need a new prescription, you can access telehealth services from the comfort of your own home. A telehealth provider can also approve refills, and some states are allowing emergency refills of up to 30-day supplies of medication without a prescription. Remember that you do not have to go without your medicine. Regardless of your financial position, RxSaver can help you find affordable prices for your medication.

celecoxib: 200 mg / 30 capsules

diclofenac sodium: 1% / 1 tube

meloxicam: 15 mg / 30 tablets

naproxen: 500 mg / 30 tablets

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 1/13/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD

Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD

Dr. Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD, is a freelance medical writer who has been a practicing pharmacist in her community for close to 20 years and is a regular contributor to the RxSaver blog. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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