The Cost of Thyroid Medication Without Insurance

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The Cost of Thyroid Medication Without Insurance

Hyperthyroidism.Hypothyroidism.Thyroid Cancer
Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
By Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
Jun 03, 2020 - Updated Apr 22, 2021
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Thyroid diseases and prescriptions for thyroid medications are common among Americans.  About 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid condition in the U.S.  and these conditions largely impact women.  The three most common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s disease.

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How much does thyroid medication cost without insurance?

The cost of thyroid medications without insurance starts at $4.00* for 75 mcg and 30 tablets for a prescription of levothyroxine using an RxSaver coupon.

The following are five commonly prescribed thyroid medications and prices with RxSaver™.  Pharmacy coupon prices vary by location and pharmacy, so be sure to use RxSaver to check pricing at your local pharmacy.

Medication Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Levothyroxine (generic for Synthroid, Levoxyl, and others) $4.00
Synthroid (brand name for levothyroxine) $45.68
Levoxyl (brand name for levothyroxine) $6.84
Liothyronine (generic for Cytomel) $13.13
Methimazole (generic for Tapazole) $4.90

Can You Buy Thyroid Medication Over the Counter?

You need a prescription from a health care provider to purchase thyroid medication. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors’ offices are taking measures to protect both patients and staff. This means that many offices are temporarily closed or opening only for patients with emergency or urgent needs. If you cannot see your doctor in person during the coronavirus crisis, several telehealth services are available that can provide a new prescription or refill an old prescription.

When Do You Need Thyroid Medication?

Your thyroid releases hormones that control your metabolism. Thyroid disease is when your thyroid makes too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little hormone (hypothyroidism).

Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include the following:

  • weight loss
  • rapid heartbeat
  • nervousness
  • increased appetite
  • fine, brittle hair
  • fatigue

Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include the following:

  • weight gain
  • slowed heartbeat
  • depression
  • muscle aches
  • thinning hair
  • dry skin
  • puffy face
  • fatigue

Talk to a health care provider if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above. He or she will help you determine if you have thyroid problems and if you need thyroid medicine. If you cannot access your doctor’s office due to social distancing precautions, a telehealth service can help you from the safety of your home.

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What Conditions Do Thyroid Medications Treat?

Anti-thyroid medication, such as methimazole, is used to treat hyperthyroidism and other conditions that cause overactive thyroid, such as Graves’ disease.

Thyroid replacement medications, such as levothyroxine and liothyronine, are used to treat the following conditions:

  • hypothyroidism
  • thyroid cancer
  • myxedema crisis (severe life-threatening hypothyroidism)

How Do Thyroid Medications Work?

If you have an overactive thyroid, your doctor may prescribe medications such as methimazole (Tapazole), which work by reducing the amount of hormones that your thyroid produces. Other treatments include radioactive iodine to shrink the thyroid or surgery to remove the thyroid.

After removing your thyroid, and often after you have been taking iodine for a while, you will likely need thyroid replacement medication.

Thyroid replacement medications, such as levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, and others) and liothyronine (Cytomel) work by replacing the thyroid hormones that your thyroid does not make.

Compare Prices with RxSaver Before Filling Your Thyroid Prescription

Losing your job or your health insurance during these uncertain times can be stressful and traumatic. Your thyroid medication is a life-saving drug, and worrying about how you will pay for it should not have to be another thing adding to your stress load.

You should 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 or employment situation, RxSaver can help you find affordable prices for your medication.

levothyroxine: 75 mcg / 30 tablets

Synthroid: 25 mcg / 30 tablets

Levoxyl: 25 mcg / 30 tablets

liothyronine: 5 mcg / 30 tablets

methimazole:  5 mg / 30 tablets

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/22/2021. 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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