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Why are my antidepressants so expensive?

 

Question:
I have been taking Surmontil (Trimipramine) 50 mg for a number of years to help with insomnia. Recently I was told by my doctor that I could no longer have them due to the cost (about $200 for 28 tablets). Having always believed they were one of the cheaper antidepressants, I would like to know why they are now so expensive, compared to other antidepressants. I have tried some other medications but find them ineffective. Thanking you for your reply.

Answer:

Numerous factors determine why antidepressants—and many medications in the U.S.—are increasing in price, one being that there are no regulations to stop drug price increases. 

 

In fact, medication affordability is often the driving factor in determining medication therapy. While your healthcare provider is the best person to determine which medication is best for you, there are options to make Surmontil or other antidepressants more affordable.

 

As the drug expert in the community, the pharmacist is the best person to answer questions related to the cost, availability of a less expensive generic version or determine if a therapeutic alternative is available. The pharmacist may also be able to work with your doctor to find a more affordable option.Below are a few savings possibilities to discuss with your doctor and pharmacist.

 

Options at Your Local U.S. Pharmacy

 

Discuss the possibility of switching to a generic alternative. Many medications, including Surmontil, have approved and less expensive generic alternatives. If your doctor determines a generic version is not right for you, you may be able to find discount coupons on the brand version by using PharmacyChecker.com.

 

Online rebates or coupons that can be used at your local pharmacy may be available for brand Surmontil and/or the its generic alternative through individual PharmacyChecker price pages. Search for your medication using the "Compare Drug Prices" search tool. Select your prescribed drug and its strength. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the comparison page. Click the button that reads "Search U.S. Local Pharmacy Pricing" and enter your zip code to find printable discount coupons you can use at the specified local pharmacy.

 

Another option for savings on brand-name Surmontil may be available through a patient assistance program. Many pharmaceutical companies offer those who qualify assistance with the cost of medications through these programs.

 

Surmontil Patient Assistance Program  

 

Options at Verified Online Pharmacies

 

The least expensive option for brand-name Surmontil is to purchase the medication from a licensed pharmacy in a country where drug prices are much lower than in the U.S. You can save over 90% on Surmontil by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com.

 

Use PharmacyChecker.com to search for verified international online pharmacies and compare prices for Surmontil 50 mg. Enter the name in the "Compare Drug Prices" box, click on the search icon, then follow the prompts to a list of pharmacies that offer it. Even with a discount coupon at your local pharmacy, Surmontil 50 mg can be around $8 per pill. Compare prices on PharmacyChecker.com to find verified international online pharmacies that sell it for just $0.81 per pill. 

 

Compare Surmontil Prices

 

The generic version of Surmontil, trimipramine maleate, is even more affordable.  

 

Compare Trimipramine Maleate Prices

 

 

 

Published 2/6/2018




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