The lowest average retail price paid by my patients in area phramacies:
Suboxone 8mg film = $9 to $10 per film.
Zubsolv 5.7/1.4mg tablet = $9 to $10 per tablet
Bunavail 4.2/0.7mg buccal film = $9 to $10 per film.
Suboxone 8mg tablets (generic) = $7 to $9 per tablet.
Buprenoprphine 8mg tablets (generic) = $3 to $5 per tablet.
(Buprenorphine tablet is popularly known as Subutex. Subutex brand name is no longer manufactured)
Suboxone is a formulation of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. It is manufactured and marketed by Reckitt Benckiser as a film.
This is also available as a generic tablet. They do not seem to offer any significant price advantage.
Zubsolv tablet, which is also a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone is being marketed by Orexo. It has a lower dose 5.7mg/1.4mg, that the manufacturer claims to be equivalent to 8mg/2mg.
Bunavail buccal film has rcently been introduced. It sticks on the inside of your cheek. It claims to have better bioavailability so a 4.2/0.7 mg buccal film provides the same dose as SUBOXONE 8/2 mg sublingual film. It can not be cut into smaller pieces.
Subutex contains Buprenorphine alone. Subutex is no longer manufactured and marketed by Reckitt Benckiser, however, it is available as a generic through other manufacturers.
Discount coupons can be downloaded from manufacturer's web sites. Suboxone and Zubsolv and Bunavail. Some general discount cards offered by pharmacies, downloaded from the web, and found in doctor's offices also may offer discounts.
A generic version of Suboxone has now been approved for marketing. It is only available as a tablet and is not much cheaper than brand name Suboxone. With Suboxone coupon from the manufacturer, the film may come out cheaper.
Ask your pharmacist for the generic Suboxone, and shop area pharmacies to see who has it at what cost.
Suboxone film now comes in 2mg, 4mg, 6mg, 8 mg, and 12 mg. There are varying discount coupons for each. Check the manufacturer's site for coupons. Do the calculation and ask your doctor for the appropriate strength. Mg for mg lower strength films are poor value. You are better off splitting the 8mg film into smaller units. Make sure you keep them in a secure place.
The expiration dates of the coupon are continuously being renewed. Print your own coupon and ask your pharmacist for the rebate. Your pharmacist should enter the information once and not have to ask for your discount card everytime.
Most physicians prescibe Suboxone as that is the recommended formulation for opioid addiction treatment, it contains Naloxone, which deters IV misuse of the medication. Patients who are pregnant are prescribed Methadone, or Subutex. Methadone can only be prescribed by state approved Methadone clinics. Generic Buprenorphine/Naloxone combination is not much cheaper than Suboxone. Generic Suboxone tablet is about $1 cheaper per tablet, however Suboxone film with discount card narrows that gap.
There is generic version of Buprenorphine alone available which is substantially cheaper than Suboxone. This is not the recommended medication and you may not be able to get the prescription.
You will receive a prescription for 15 to 30 days that you can take to a pharmacy of your choice, or obtain it through your prescription plan ... if it is covered. No refills are provided on the prescription. You must attend the clinic once a month. If you miss a month ... then you are not serious about your treatment, and you are automatically discharged. Let someone who is serious about getting treatment get this chance ... as physicians are limited in the number of active patients that they can enroll at any given time.Community based physicians do not stock, or sell Suboxone/Subutex. There are no free samples provided by manufacturers. Addiction treatment centers may stock these, and dispense it on daily to weekly basis.
Suboxone film has a discount of $50, with a Suboxone discount card. You can download their coupon here. Zubsolv and Bunavail have similar discount plans. Most pharmacies offer their own discount cards. Free discount cards can also be downloaded from the internet, or picked up from doctor's offices.
Usually there is no discount offered on generics, ... they cost less anyway. Some pharmacies have limited supply of generics as the profit margin is much lower on generics.
Cost of Suboxone/Subutex ... it varies from $8 to $10 for each 8mg tablet/film so please ask around, some may honor discount cards. Most pharmacies allow you to obtain a partial fill of your prescription. For example you may obtain three to seven days supply at a time, thus reduce your upfront treatment cost. Unfortunately most pharmacies charge higher per tablet/film, or add dispensing costs ... if you fill the prescription over several days.
There may be plans available through the manufacturer or other agencies to subsidize your costs. Suboxone manufacturer has such a program if you meet certain income criteria. (Call Here-To-Help Patient Assistance Program 1-888-898-4818). I do not participate in any such plans.
Other wise your approximate medication costs are as follows:
(Compare this to the money you spend buying illegal drugs/day ... you will always save money by getting treated)
|Suboxone/Zubsolv/Bunavail Medication Costs 8mg Buprenorphine equivalent|
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Buprenorphine generic tablets (commonly known as generic Subutex)
|Buprenorphine Generic Medication Costs|
Terrace Pharmacy on N. Hghland Avenue, near my clinic (615) 893-7971.
Cost of Thirty Suboxone 8mg film, or Zubsolv 5.7mg tablet, or Bunavail 4.2mg film is about $225. Lower doses (2mg Buprenorphine equivalent) cost the same.
Cost of Thirty Buprenorphine 8mg generic tablets is about $90 to $100.
Other pharmacies near my clinic that carry these medications are CVS, Walgreen, and Krogers. There are several Walmarts and a Sams Club in Murfreesboro that also carry this medication.
You do not have to be a member to use SAMS Club Pharmacy.
Sullivans at McMinnville, TN, (931) 474-5050 has the lowest prices in this area. They may not dispense controlled substances to patients who are not residents of the county.
You should take the least dose that prevents withdrawal effects, and make an effort to progressively taper the dose to get off Suboxone/Subutex.
On the average patients take two tablets a day, and come down to one tablet a day fairly quickly.
On the average patients spend $40 to $100/per day on illicit drugs. Under treatment you will spend $10 to $20 per day on Suboxone/Subutex.
Well motivated patients have done this in as little as one month, ... however, most have taken much longer (six to twelve months). Generally the longer you have had the drug problem, ... and higher the dose used ... the longer you would need Suboxone/Subutex.
Get help ... treat your addiction ... Suboxone/Subutex is effective in completely stopping withdrawal symptoms.
Even though treatment is expensive ... it is cheaper than buying illicit drugs.
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