How Much Does Prednisone Cost Without Insurance?

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How Much Does Prednisone Cost Without Insurance?

COVID-19.Health Insurance
Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Aug 12, 2020 - Updated Jan 28, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
A pharmacist writes something on a clipboard, perhaps as he fills a prednisone prescription for an uninsured patient.

If you are one of the more than 6.6 million Americans who are suddenly unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. More people than ever before are losing their employer-provided health insurance and are looking for ways to manage their health without.

It’s important to remember that during this time you have options when it comes to affording the medication you and your loved ones need.

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What is prednisone?

Prednisone, which is the generic equivalent for the brand medication Deltasone, is a part of a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are drugs that lower inflammation in the body.  Prednisone is most commonly prescribed for arthritis, blood disorders, skin diseases, and other immune system disorders.

What is the cost of prednisone without insurance?

The cost of prednisone without insurance starts at $3.34* for 30 tablets, 40mg using an RxSaver coupon.

The retail price of prednisone and its brand medication Deltasone varies by pharmacy and location. However, a generic medication is typically much cheaper than the brand medication.

You should always know that you don’t have to pay the full retail price for prednisone and prescription coupons exist to help you find the best price at nearby pharmacies.

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

Medication Pharmacy Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
prednisone Walgreens $6.22
prednisone Rite Aid $6.22
prednisone Walmart $6.22
prednisone CVS $3.34
prednisone Costco $6.22
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How to get prednisone 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.

Check Pharmacy Prices

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

Use RxSaver

RxSaver is a prescription savings program that offers cheap prednisone prices at all major pharmacies. You can search coupons through RxSaver’s website or free app and find free coupons on prescription medications.

Can you buy prednisone over the counter?

In order to receive prednisone medication, you must have a prescription from your health care provider. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and most doctor offices closing to ensure safety for their patients, you can reach out to a provider via various telemedicine options. A health care provider will determine whether your symptoms and diagnosis require a prescription for prednisone.

If you are needing to refill a previous prednisone prescription and do not have authorization from your health care provider, please check with your pharmacist since many states are now allowing emergency refills of essential medications.

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What conditions does prednisone treat?

Prednisone is commonly used to treat the following conditions. The below list is not exhaustive of all conditions prednisone may treat.

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Allergic Disorders
  • Skin Conditions

Prednisone is used to treat conditions that affect the immune system and works to provide relief for inflamed parts of the body.

How does prednisone work?

Since prednisone is a part of the corticosteroids drug class, it is considered a steroid that works to lower the activity of the immune system.

Prednisone is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet
  • Solution
  • Powder

You may wonder whether the generic version of prednisone is as effective as its brand version Deltasone.  Remember, 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 and give your RxSaver coupon code to the pharmacist over the phone.

prednisone: 20 mg / 30 tablets

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 2/1/2021. 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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