10 brand name drugs that prove you may be overpaying for medications

What if I said you could be overpaying for your medications, by hundreds of dollars, and you don’t even know it? Well, the easiest way to stop overpaying for your medication is to stop buying brand name drugs and switch to the generic. It’s that simple.

We’ve put together a list of 10 drugs to illustrate the shocking price difference for generic vs brand name drug prices. You might want to sit down for this.

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Here are 10 brand name drugs that illustrate the shocking price difference between generic vs brands.

1. Augmentin

Average Augmentin Price: $990

Generic Name: Amoxicillin / Potassium Clavulanate

Average Generic Price: $33

LowestMed’s Lowest Amoxicillin Price: $15.15

Average Savings: $957 per fill

Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Potassium Clavulanate) is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections as well as urinary tract infections and skin infections. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 20, 500-150mg tablets.

2. Ambien

Average Ambien Price: $494

Generic Name: Zolpidem Tartrate

Average Generic Price: $15  

LowestMed’s Lowest Zolpidem Tartrate Price: $6.97

Average Savings: $479 per fill

Ambien (Zolpidem Tartrate) is a sedative used to treat insomnia as well as jet lag. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 10mg tablets.

3. Lipitor

Average Lipitor Price: $263

Generic Name: Atorvastatin

Average Generic Price: $16

LowestMed’s Lowest Lipitor Price: $9.51

Average Savings: $247 per fill

Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is used to treat high cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in order to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as heart and blood vessel problems. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 10mg tablets.

4. Flomax

Average Flomax Price: $228

Generic Name: Tamsulosin

Average Generic Price: $23

LowestMed’s Lowest Tamsulosin Price: $12.65

Average Savings: $205 per fill

Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-blocker that is used by men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, .04mg capsules.  

5. Celexa

Average Celexa Price: $258

Generic Name: Citalopram

Average Generic Price: $10

LowestMed’s Lowest Celexa Price: $4.00

Average Savings: $248 per fill

Celexa (Citalopram) is an antidepressant that is used to treat depression, social anxiety and in some cases obsessive compulsive disorder. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 20mg tablets.

6. Cymbalta

Average Cymbalta Price: $228

Generic Name: Duloxetine

Average Generic Price: $33

LowestMed’s Lowest Duloxetine Price: $18.74

Average Savings: $195 per fill

Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is an antidepressant that helps control neurotransmitters and hormones in order to improve moods and alleviate pain. It is primarily used for treating depression and anxiety, as well as chronic muscle and bone pain. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 60mg capsules.

7. Singulair

Average Singulair Price: $226

Generic Name: Montelukast Sodium  

Average Generic Price: $19

LowestMed’s Lowest Montelukast Sodium Price: $11.21

Average Savings: $207 per fill

Singulair (Montelukast) is an anti-inflammatory that is used to treat allergies and prevent asthma attacks. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 20, 10mg tablets.

8. Zithromax

Average Zithromax Price: $181

Generic Name: Azithromycin

Average Generic Price: $20

LowestMed’s Lowest Azithromycin Price: $8.12

Average Savings: $161 per fill

Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic used to fight infections caused by bacteria such as respiratory, skin and ear infections, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 6, 250mg tablets.

9. Zoloft

Average Zoloft Price: $277

Generic Name: Sertraline

Average Generic Price: $17

LowestMed’s Lowest Sertraline Price: $8.50

Average Savings: $260 per fill

Zoloft (Sertraline) is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 100mg tablets.   

10. Effexor  

Average Effexor Price: $395

Generic Name: Venlafaxine HCL  

Average Generic Price: $28

LowestMed’s Lowest Effexor Price: $13.33

Average Savings: $367 per fill

Effexor (Venlafaxine HCL) is a is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, as well as widespread muscle pain and tenderness (Fibromyalgia). These average prices were based off the common prescription of 30, 150mg capsules.

LowestMed allows you to compare generic vs brand name drug prices across pharmacies in your area, to insure you never overpay for your medication. Check out LowestMed right now, or use the search tool below, to compare and save.

*We used Lowestmed’s medication pricing comparison tool for this study. Prices may vary.

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