The Cost of Rosacea Medications Without Insurance

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The Cost of Rosacea Medications Without Insurance

RxSaver Editors
By RxSaver Editors
Jul 08, 2020 - Updated Apr 21, 2021
Jennifer Liang, PharmD
Medically Reviewed ByJennifer Liang, PharmD
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Rosacea affects approximately 16 million people according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). Rosacea causes the skin’s barrier to be compromised, causing symptoms such as dryness, redness, itchiness, increased sensitivity, and even painful cystic acne lesions.

Fortunately, many prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available to treat the symptoms of rosacea.

Here is what to know about the cost of rosacea medications without insurance.

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How much do rosacea medications cost without insurance?

The cost of rosacea medications without insurance varies, depending upon the type of medication. [RxSaver coupons][1] can help save money on prescription rosacea medications. The [RxSaver card][2] may help save money on over-the-counter rosacea medications.

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The cost of azelaic acid, without insurance, starts at $99.92 for 15 % and 1 tube, using an RxSaver coupon.

Medication Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Azelaic Acid (generic for Finacea) $99.92
Clindamycin (generic for Cleocin) $12.26
Erythromycin $12.29
Metronidazole (generic for MetroCream) $4.97
Ivermectin $15.20

Can you buy rosacea medications over the counter?

You cannot buy prescription-strength rosacea medication over the counter. However, several products that contain lower amounts of azelaic acid, may be purchased over-the-counter.

These products typically contain no more than 10% azelaic acid. Prescription-strength azelaic acid topicals will contain 15-20% azelaic acid.

When do you need rosacea medication?

When rosacea bothers you, it’s time to visit a dermatologist, who can recommend the best medication to treat it. Rosacea may cause redness that bothers you. It may also cause swelling or breakouts. It may cause pain. So the best time to start rosacea medicine is when a dermatologist recommends it because it is bothering you.

In addition to recommending a specific medication for rosacea, your dermatologist can also help:

  • Identify triggers that cause rosacea flare ups
  • Design a plan for sun protection
  • Prevent rosacea from getting worse
  • Recommend skin care products that are best for rosacea

How do rosacea medications work?

Rosacea medications work in a variety of ways depending upon the type of medication you are prescribed. Some medications target a skin mite, some reduce inflammation, some stop the growth of bacteria, and some achieve several of these goals.

Dicarboxylic Acids for Rosacea Treatment

Azelaic acid 15% and Finacea 15% are dicarboxylic acids. They are antibacterial agents that can also target inflammation responsible for pimples and redness. These are great for maintenance. They come in cream and foam formulations and work to keep the skin calm if used daily.

Topical Antibiotics for Rosacea Treatment

Topical antibiotics such as clindamycin (Cleocin) and erythromycin are both antibacterial agents that kill bacteria responsible for skin infections. They also calm inflammatory responses in the skin. Topical antibiotics are available as solutions, creams, lotions, gels, and even pads.

Metronidazole is used to help calm the redness, swelling, and pimples caused by rosacea. It is great for maintenance therapy and available in a cream, lotion, or gel version.

Ivermectin for Rosacea Treatment

Ivermectin 1% cream focuses explicitly on the Demodex mite. Rosacea patients typically have a higher number of these mites within the skin, which are known to trigger rosacea flares. Ivermectin also works on inflammatory lesions.

Prescription Cleansers for Rosacea Treatment

Sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur cleanser is an antiseptic that helps stop the growth of certain bacteria on the skin.

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Clindamycin: 300 mg / 30 capsules

Erythromycin: 5 mg/gram / 1 tube

Metronidazole: 500 mg / 30 tablets

Ivermectin: 3 mg / 8 tablets

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RxSaver Editors

RxSaver Editors

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

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.

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