As historic numbers of Americans are facing unemployment throughout the country, more and more people are looking for ways to manage their health without insurance benefits.
It’s important to remember that during this time you have options when it comes to getting the medication you need.
What is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin, also known as its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication, It can be used to treat epilepsy, and also may be prescribed to treat other nerve diseases including sciatica and shingles.
In some states, gabapentin is labeled a controlled substance under federal regulations. Visit here for more information on controlled substances and scheduling. It's important to consult with your health care provider when starting or changing your prescription medication, and discussing your health history with prescriptions.
The Cost of Gabapentin Without Insurance
The retail price of gabapentin and its brand version, Neurontin, varies by pharmacy and location. However, the generic is typically much cheaper than the brand medication. You may also be surprised to learn that you don’t have to pay the full retail price for gabapentin. Prescription savings programs like RxSaver offer discounted gabapentin prices at every major pharmacy.
The RxSaver coupon price for gabapentin at major retail pharmacies starts at $6.03*
Pricing for gabapentin varies based on pharmacy and location.
Can you buy gabapentin over the counter?
You must have a prescription from your health care provider in order to obtain gabapentin medication. However, in light of COVID-19 restrictions and with many doctor offices closing to practice physical distancing, you can reach out to a provider through various telemedicine platforms to discuss whether your symptoms require a prescription for gabapentin. If you are looking to refill a previous gabapentin prescription and do not have authorization from your health care provider, check with your pharmacist as many states are allowing emergency refills of essential medications during this time.
What conditions does gabapentin treat?
Gabapentin is used for patients to treat:
- Nerve Pain
Gabapentin is used to prevent and control seizures and also works to manage pain. Gabapentin is also used to treat shingles (a painful rash caused by an infection) and other conditions that cause nerve pain. Since Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant it is prescribed for patients with Shingles to limit PHN (postherpetic neuralgia) from becoming a complication post shingles. PHN is a chronic condition that may follow after a shingles infection.
If you develop shingles, RxSaver offers coupons on the shingles vaccine, Shingrix. Please call your pharmacy in advance to ensure the vaccine is in stock and a pharmacist is able to administer it. A pharmacist must administer the vaccine at a pharmacy.
How does gabapentin work?
Gabapentin works by altering how nerves send messages to your brain, helping to alleviate nerve pain by blocking the messages that trigger pain. Most commonly, gabapentin is prescribed to help control seizures for those with epilepsy and Shingles.
Gabapentin is available in the following dosage forms:
- Suspension (liquid)
You may wonder whether the generic version of gabapentin is as effective as Neurontin, the brand medication. Of course, your health care provider is the best resource in discussing your specific prescription needs. However, generic medications are FDA-approved, which means they contain the same active ingredients as the brand version of the medication, with identical strength and dosage form.
Always Check RxSaver Before Filling a Prescription
If you’ve recently become unemployed or are currently managing health costs without insurance you should always check RxSaver to ensure you’re paying the lowest cost for your prescription. 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.
Gabapentin: 300 mg / 30 capsules
*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 04/12/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.
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RxSaver Editors are wellness enthusiasts who help you learn how you can save the most on prescription medication costs and other health-related topics.
Jennifer Liang, PharmD
Chia Feng (Jenn) Liang, PharmD, is a pharmacist who earned her Pharm D. from St. John's University in Queens, NY. She remains in active practice serving as a local pharmacist for Walgreens. She has acted as the first point of care to the community and helped patients understand and manage chronic and acute conditions. She has educated patients on the role and importance of medication and adherence to improve health outcomes.
The information on this site is generalized and is not medical advice. It is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard seeking advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have read on our site. RxSaver makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of this information.
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