The Cost of Escitalopram Without Insurance

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The Cost of Escitalopram Without Insurance

Major Depressive Disorder.Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.Panic Disorder
Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Apr 28, 2020 - Updated Feb 03, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
A pharmacist smiles as she takes a phone call from a patient, perhaps asking about the cost of escitalopram without insurance. The pharmacist is holding a phone to her ear as she stands near her computer in the pharmacy.

Escitalopram, the generic form of Lexapro is a commonly prescribed antidepressant and antianxiety medication. It is prescribed to treat depression, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The cost of escitalopram without insurance is very affordable when you use a coupon from RxSaver.

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How much does escitalopram cost without insurance?

The cost of escitalopram without insurance starts at $7.19 for 30, 10 mg tablets using an RxSaver coupon.

Medication prices may vary. The type of medication, the quantity of medication, and the dosage of medication will determine the cost of escitalopram. Pricing may also vary by pharmacy.

RxSaver coupons for escitalopram can be used without insurance or in place of your insurance if the coupon price is less than your insurance copay.

The cost of escitalopram can vary in price depending on the pharmacy your escitalopram prescription is filled at. Below is a list of pharmacies and the starting cost of an escitalopram prescription using an RxSaver coupon.

Medication Pharmacy Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Escitalopram Walgreens $9.00
Escitalopram Rite Aid $21.16
Escitalopram Walmart $15.00
Escitalopram CVS $36.29
Escitalopram Costco $7.19

How to get escitalopram without insurance?

Ask About Generic Options

Generic medications are just as effective as their brand counterparts and are often much less expensive. Chat with your health care provider to see if you can switch to a generic option if you are prescribed a brand version of your medication.

If you are currently prescribed Lexapro, ask your health care provider about switching to the generic Lexapro option, escitalopram. The cost of escitalopram and its brand versions, Lexapro, varies in price by pharmacy and location.

Check Pharmacy Prices

It’s not common knowledge that the cost of escitalopram can vary by pharmacy. Always make sure to check pharmacy prices in your area, using RxSaver to help determine where the best coupons for escitalopram are located. A quick switch of your pharmacy could save you up to 85% off your medication!

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What is escitalopram?

Escitalopram, the generic for Lexapro, is an anti-depressant and an anti-anxiety medication. Escitalopram is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Escitalopram is prescribed to treat mental health conditions including major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.

What conditions does escitalopram treat?

Escitalopram and Lexapro are used to treat mental health conditions, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorders.

Common Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder which is frequently referred to as “depression,” or “clinical depression,” is a mood disorder. Major depressive disorder is a common mental health condition affecting millions of Americans. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilty
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Los of interests in hobbies, pastimes, leisure
  • Lack of energy
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unexplained physical pain (headaches, back pain, etc.)
  • Sleeping too much
  • Thoughts of death, suicide

Symptoms of major depressive disorder require medical treatment. Contact your health care provider if you’re experiencing these or other symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Common Symptoms of OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health condition, marked by patterns of unwanted thoughts and fears, that lead to repetitive behavior. The obsession(s) is the constant, unwanted thoughts. The compulsion is the behavior that results from constant thoughts.

OCD frequently focuses on a theme. For example, OCD may lead to excessive hand-washing and cleaning for those who have a fear of getting sick.

A few common symptoms of obsessive fears include unwanted and repetitive thoughts such as:

  • Fear of getting sick (being contaminated by germs)
  • Fear that you’ve forgotten to lock doors, turn off the stove, etc.
  • Fear and stress if objects are not neatly organized, symmetrical, or clean

A few common symptoms of compulsive behavior, driven by persistent, unwanted thoughts include:

  • Excessive cleaning
  • Excessive checking and re-checking
  • Repeating actions or words
  • Ordering and arranging items

OCD can reduce or disrupt the quality of your life. OCD may also lead to complications that require immediate health care, including suicidal thoughts or behavior.

Common Symptoms of Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety that causes panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden, intense episodes of fear and anxiety. Panic attacks may mimic other health conditions due to the similarity in physical symptoms such as nausea, chest pain, difficulty breathing, sweating, dizziness, or shaking.

Nearly 3% of the population, accounting for roughly 6 million Americans suffer from panic disorder. Common symptoms of panic disorder include:

  • Fear of panic attack
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Feeling that you are dying
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Numbness, tingling
  • Fainting, lightheadedness
  • Chills, cold sweat
  • General, creeping sense of unease

Panic attacks affect different people in different ways. They often come on without any warning. If you’ve experienced panic attacks, be sure to notify your health care provider. Panic disorder can lead to complications including harmful coping mechanisms, interference with daily life, or the development of specific phobias (fears).

How does escitalopram work?

Escitalopram works by increasing serotonin levels in the brain and helping to restore the balance of serotonin, which is a natural substance. It’s commonly prescribed for mental health conditions including OCD, panic disorder, and depression. Escitalopram can help to improve energy and decrease overall nervousness associated with those types of mental health conditions.

Common Side Effects of Escitalopram

All prescription medication has the potential to cause side effects. Some individuals may experience common side effects of escitalopram including:

  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sexual problems
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating/shaking

Notify your health care provider of any side effects you experience when taking escitalopram. Do not abruptly stop taking the medication without speaking to your prescribing physician.

Escitalopram and Black Box Warning

Escitalopram also has a black box warning from the FDA. This black box warning indicates that escitalopram may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. If you, or your child experiences any increased thoughts of death or suicide seek mental health treatment immediately.

Can you buy escitalopram over the counter?

You cannot buy escitalopram over the counter. You will need a prescription from a health care provider, and you will need to purchase escitalopram from a pharmacy.

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Always Check RxSaver Before Filling a Prescription

To best manage health costs without insurance you should always check RxSaver. RxSaver works in place of insurance benefits to lower your prescription cost.

When picking up your prescription, show your RxSaver coupon to the pharmacist. You can also call ahead of your prescription fill to give your RxSaver coupon code to the pharmacist over the phone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 2/3/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Jen Hadley is a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, who writes extensively about the medical, legal, health care, and consumer products industries. Jen is a regular contributor to RxSaver.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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