How Much Does Montelukast Cost Without Insurance?
As of September 2020, the unemployment rate in the U.S. stood at almost 8%, leaving millions to face the uncertainty of health care protection, in the middle of a global pandemic.
However, it’s crucial that those with underlying respiratory conditions, such as asthma continue to take their medications as prescribed, as COVID-19 is a viral infection that targets the respiratory system.
If you suffer from asthma or other breathing conditions and are prescribed montelukast, be sure you're staying in contact with your HCP during this pandemic.
What is montelukast?
Montelukast is the generic form of Singulair, a prescription medication taken regularly, to prevent the wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma. It may also help decrease the occurrence of asthma attacks. Additionally, montelukast is often prescribed to treat year-round or seasonal allergies.
What is the cost of montelukast without insurance?
The cost of montelukast without insurance starts at $13.36* for 10mg and 30 tablets using an RxSaver coupon.
The retail price of montelukast and its brand version, Singulair, varies by pharmacy and location. If you are looking to save money on your Singulair prescription, talk with your health care provider about filling the generic medication, montelukast, instead of the brand counterpart.
Generic medications are typically much more affordable than the brand version of the same medication. Generics are FDA approved and contain the same active ingredients as brand medications.
Pricing for montelukast varies based on pharmacy and location. To ensure you are finding the best price for your montelukast prescription at pharmacies closest to you, search for prescription costs for your area by visiting [RxSaver.com] or downloading the RxSaver app.
Can you buy montelukast over the counter?
To obtain montelukast, you must have a valid prescription from your health care provider. Because those who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes from a COVID-19 infection, it may be in your best interest to see your healthcare provider via telemedicine, rather than an in-person appointment.
If you are looking to refill a previous montelukast 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 montelukast treat?
Montelukast and its brand name version, Singulair are prescribed to treat breathing problems brought about by conditions such as:
- Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever)
- Exercise-induced bronchospasm prevention
How does montelukast work?
Montelukast belongs to a group of medications called leukotriene receptor antagonists. This means that montelukast and its brand name drug Singulair work by blocking the effects of leukotrienes, which may cause and worsen asthma and allergies.
Leukotrienes are produced by the body as a response to external triggers, such as an allergen, that cause narrowing and swelling of airways in the lungs. Montelukast, therefore, makes breathing easier, by reducing this swelling, and leaving the airways less obstructed.
However, montelukast is not a fast-acting medication. It must be taken regularly to be effective.
Montelukast is available in the following dosage forms:
- Chewable tablet
Your health care provider will recommend the appropriate dosage and maintenance schedule based on your health care needs. Be sure to check with your doctor with any questions related to your health and medication.
Always Check RxSaver Before Filling a Prescription
You should always check RxSaver to ensure you’re paying the lowest price for your prescription, especially if you’ve recently become uninsured or are covered by a high deductible health insurance plan. 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.
Montelukast: 10 mg / 30 tablets
*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/21/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.
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., 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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