Why are my antidepressants so expensive?

Written by Gabriel Levitt, MA | Posted February 05, 2018 | Updated November 26, 2019

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.

Antidepressant Savings 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  

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Antidepressant Savings 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. 

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

Compare Trimipramine Maleate Prices

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Compare drug prices among reputable online pharmacies

I found this reply very helpful though it took a long time to arrive. I think it is shocking how drug companies can charge so much for an inexpensive medication that people rely on.
I am concerned about the safety of buying medication online. As I live in the UK I wonder if I can order them here and if I need a doctor's prescription. Thanks Julie
PharmacyChecker.com publishes a pharmacy profile for each pharmacy in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program to provide consumers with specific details, such as particular shipping locations, costs, and payment methods accepted by the pharmacy. We do not single out specific pharmacies and recommend that consumers look through the shipping information offered.

To find the pharmacy profile for an online pharmacy, go to the Online Pharmacy Reviews and Pharmacy Ratings page. Click on "View Pharmacy Profile" under the pharmacy logo of interest. You can also access this information on the pricing pages by clicking on the "Details" link under each pharmacy logo.
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