How Much Do UTI Antibiotics Cost Without Insurance?

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How Much Do UTI Antibiotics Cost Without Insurance?

Urinary Tract Infection
Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Apr 14, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
a woman hunched over on her bed due to a urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are incredibly common in women, men, and children. According to the Urology Care Foundation UTIs are the second most common type of infection, accounting for more than 8 million visits to health care providers each year. Fortunately, most simple bacterial UTIs are easily treatable with antibiotics. Here’s a look at how much UTI antibiotics cost without insurance when you use an RxSaver coupon.

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How much do UTI antibiotics cost without insurance?

The cost of antibiotics to treat a UTI will depend upon the type of antibiotic you are prescribed. Generic antibiotics are typically much cheaper than brand-name antibiotics. The FDA reports that generic medications on average cost 85% less than their brand-name counterparts.

The cost of UTI antibiotics will also depend on which pharmacy you choose to fill your prescription. Pharmacy pricing can vary significantly, so it’s smart to shop around for the best price in your area. When you type your prescription into the search bar on the RxSaver website or mobile app, your results will include pricing from multiple pharmacies in your area.

Finally, the cost of UTI antibiotics will depend on if you use a prescription drug coupon. Prescription drug coupons from RxSaver can help you save up to 85% on more than 6,000 medications. RxSaver coupons can be used if you do not have insurance. If you do have insurance, RxSaver coupons can be used in place of it. RxSaver coupon prices may beat your insurance copay.

How to Save on UTI Antibiotics Without Insurance

To save money on antibiotics prescribed to treat simple UTIs, follow these steps:

  1. Request a generic antibiotic from your health care provider
  2. Shop pricing at various pharmacies
  3. Use an RxSaver coupon

By using RxSaver to compare prices at various pharmacies, you may find that you want to switch pharmacies to save money. Switching pharmacies is very easy.

After you’ve found the pharmacy with the best pricing for your UTI antibiotic, call that pharmacy. Give them the name and address of your current pharmacy, and the medication you’d like to transfer. The new pharmacy you’ve chosen will contact your current pharmacy to handle the transfer. The transfer may take a couple of days.

When your medication is ready at your new pharmacy, provide the RxSaver coupon code over the phone before you pick up your medicine, or in person when you pick it up.

Most Common UTI Antibiotics and Prices

Five of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics used to treat simple UTIs are:

  • Cephalexin (Generic Keflex)
  • Ceftriaxone (Generic Rocephin)
  • Fosfomycin (Generic Monurol)
  • Nitrofurantoin (Generic Macrobid, Macrodantin)
  • Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole (Generic Bactrim)
Medication Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Cephalexin $10.66
Ceftriaxone $4.89
Fosfomycin $38.62
Nitrofurantoin $19.81
Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole $10.73

Cephalexin

Cephalexin which is generic for the brand drug Keflex is commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections including a UTI. It belongs to a class of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics. Cephalexin works by killing bacteria.

Ceftriaxone

Ceftriaxone is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It is the generic form of the brand drug Rocephin. Ceftriaxone is commonly prescribed to treat simple UTIs and other bacterial infections. It kills and stops the growth of bacteria.

Fosfomycin

Fosfomycin is commonly prescribed to treat UTIs. It is the generic form of the brand name drug Monurol. It is commonly prescribed to treat lower urinary tract infections and acute cystitis. It works by killing bacteria. .

Nitrofurantoin

Nitrofurantoin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic used to treat simple UTIs. Nitrofurantoin is the generic form of the brand drugs Macrodantin and Macrobid. Nitrofurantoin disrupts the production of bacterial proteins to kill and prevent the growth of bacteria.

Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole

Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is a very commonly prescribed antibiotic used to treat UTIs. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is the generic form of the brand drug Bactrim. It is a combination of two antibiotics.

Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole kills bacteria by blocking its ability to create the proteins it needs to survive.

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Ask Your Health Care Provider About Generic Options

If you’re diagnosed with a UTI, or any other type of bacterial infection, request a generic antibiotic, if available. Generic medications are equally as effective as brand drugs and can save you a lot at the pharmacy.

For example, if you’re prescribed Keflex for a UTI, ask your health care provider if they can prescribe the generic, cephalexin instead, for significant savings.

The RxSaver price for cephalexin starts at $10.66 for 500 mg and 30 capsules

The RxSaver coupon price for Keflex starts at $275.35 for 500 mg and 30 capsules

Always CheckRxSaver Before Filling Your Prescription

Before filling your prescription, it is smart to shop around for the best price. RxSaver allows you to shop for the best pricing for your medication by simply typing your prescription into the website search bar or in the mobile app. After you enter your medication name, you’ll instantly receive RxSaver coupon pricing at various pharmacies in your region.

Cephalexin: 500 mg / 30 capsules

Ceftriaxone: 250 mg / 1 vial

Fosfomycin: 3 g / 1 packet

Nitrofurantoin: 100 mg / 30 capsules

Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole: 800-160 mg / 30 tablets

Keflex: 750 mg / 30 capsules

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/12/2021. 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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