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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
How can I save money on Symbicort? I don’t have great insurance.
The average retail price of a 90-day supply of Symbicort 160 mcg/ 4.5 mcg is $415 in the United States. When it comes to a necessary medication, that’s not exactly a deal. Even with discounts and coupons available for asthma medication online, the price may still be out of reach for many, especially those without insurance. We’ve detailed some ways that can help you cut costs on Symbicort and other asthma drugs below.
Is there a generic available for Symbicort (budesonide)?
Symbicort (budesonide) is prescribed for the treatment of asthma. There are no generic alternatives for Symbicort available in the U.S. However, a generic version is currently available to order from verified international online pharmacies. Patients can find budesonide, the name of generic Symbicort 200 mcg/6 mcg, as low as $35 per inhaler (120 doses) at a verified international pharmacy by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com. That's a 92% discount vs. Symbicort sold in the U.S.
How to Cut Costs on Symbicort
Talk to Your Doctor about Drug Prices
Ask your health care provider for an alternative prescription used for the same indication as Symbicort that your insurance plan may cover or is less expensive. Alternative treatments for Symbicort include Advair, Breo Ellipta, and Dulera.
PharmacyChecker Discount Card at U.S. Pharmacies
PharmacyChecker offers a discount card that you can use at independent pharmacies in your area or even CVS and Walmart. To compare prices available on Symbicort and print the PharmacyChecker Discount Card to use at your local U.S. pharmacy, enter your ZIP Code and prescribed strength here:
When you choose a pharmacy, click "GET DISCOUNT". Then, click "Print this Card" and you are all set to obtain your discount at the pharmacy of your choice.
You can do the same for Advair, Breo Ellipta, and Dulera by searching our website:
Symbicort Patient Assistance
PharmacyChecker.com also offers a search tool for patient assistance programs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer aid with the cost of medications through patient assistance programs.
Asthma Medication Savings through Online Pharmacies Located in Other Countries
Symbicort, Breo Ellipta, Advair and Dulera are legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries and can all be purchased from verified online pharmacies. There is a slight dosage difference between the Symbicort 200 mcg/6 mcg available through international pharmacies compared to the 160 mcg/4.5 mcg dose available in the U.S. however your doctor should agree the dose may be appropriate considering the savings. Please consult your health care provider before deciding to take a different dose than your current regimen.
Patients can find brand Symbicort 200 mcg/6 mcg as low as $155 per inhaler (120 doses) at a verified international pharmacy by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com. That's a 65% discount vs. Symbicort sold in the U.S.
The generic is also available to order from international pharmacies:
Advair Diskus Savings
Advair Diskus 250 mcg/50 mcg is priced as low as $42 per inhaler at a verified international pharmacy—a 91% discount vs. Advair sold in the U.S.
Breo Ellipta Savings
Compare prices for Breo Ellipta 100mcg /25 mcg among international pharmacies to find it as low as $92 per inhaler. That's a 78% discount vs. Breo Ellipta sold in the U.S.
Dulera 200 mcg/5 mcg is sold for $140 per inhaler at some online pharmacies verified and monitored through the PharmacyChecker Verification Program. Compared to the average retail price in the U.S., that’s a 75% discount.
Where are my asthma medications manufactured?
Seventy-one percent of brand-name medication sold in the U.S. is manufactured outside of the U.S. according to PharmacyChecker research: 71% of Popular Brand Name Drugs Sold in U.S. Pharmacies Are Imported
Packaging of Symbicort 160 mcg/4.5 mcg sold in the United States shows that it is made in France.
Packaging of Dulera 200 mcg/5 mcg sold in the United States shows that it is made in the United Kingdom.
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