Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common
neurobehavioral disorder. Though it’s most often discovered and diagnosed in
children, ADHD can last into adulthood. Treatment sometimes lasts years, and the
cost of paying for medication can rise quickly.
Medications, along with doctors’ appointments and
check-ups, come with a price tag. Before you fill a prescription for an ADHD
medication, do some research. Below, we’ve listed the retail prices for the
brand name and generic versions of Adderall and other popular ADHD medications.
Remember, prices can change from one pharmacy to another, so be sure to compare
costs with your local pharmacies.
If your medication costs are too high, help is available.
In addition to cost-saving techniques, such as mail-order prescriptions and
coupons, you may find prescription financial assistance through patient
assistance programs. Many organizations and pharmaceutical companies offer ways
to lower your drug costs to people who qualify.
Read on to learn about common ADHD medications, how much
they can cost, and where you can find help with prescription expenses.
Price Comparison for the Most Popular ADHD Medications
Although nonstimulant medications are available for
treating ADHD, stimulants are generally considered more effective. Each
medication on this list, including Adderall, is a central nervous system
stimulant. Your doctor will be able to tell you if a stimulant is right for you
or your child.
The prices listed for these ADHD drugs are a national
average of retail prices from 2012. The retail cost is how much you can expect
to pay out of pocket without prescription insurance. These brand name and
generic prices were taken from Healthline’s ADHD Consumer Reports page.
Compare more than 100 ADHD medications from Consumer Reports »
$285 – $298/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet brand name
$84 – $94/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet generic
mixture (Adderall XR)
$265 – $291/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule
$177 – $184/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule
$256/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$24/month for 5 mg tablet generic
$229/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule brand name
$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic
$70/month for 2.5 mg tablet brand name
$52/month for 2.5 mg tablet generic
$317/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$240/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution generic
$34/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$32/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet generic
$66/month for 5 mg tablet brand name
$18/month for 5 mg tablet generic
$238/month for 20 mg/9 hr patch/disc brand name
$33/month for 20 mg extended-release tablet generic
$188/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule brand name
$144/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule generic
$207/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$172/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet generic
$215/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$176/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet generic
Help for Prescription Costs
Adderall is one of the most commonly prescribed ADHD
medications. It comes in a variety of doses and is generally safe for most
patients. For that reason, people with ADHD may be able to use it for a longer
period of time, changing doses as they grow older. The cash price for Adderall
ranges from $100 for the generic version to almost $300 for the brand name
medicine. But if you don’t have health insurance, even the generic version may
be too expensive. That’s where prescription assistance can help.
Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) are plans that help
patients cover all or some of their prescription costs. A PAP may be available
for both brand name and generic medications. The following PAP resources can
help reduce the cost of Adderall for those who qualify.
NeedyMeds is a
national nonprofit patient assistance program resource. NeedyMeds maintains a
database of pharmaceutical company and private PAPs. Instead of searching
multiple websites, NeedyMeds provides information in one place.
NeedyMeds does not show any PAP results for Adderall. However,
it does list information on a patient assistance program for Concerta.
NeedyMeds also has a prescription discount card that may help reduce your ADHD
medication costs. Download and print the card from the NeedyMeds website. Present
the card each time you fill a prescription. The pharmacist will be able to
determine if the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card can lower your total cost for
your ADHD medications.
For more information, call 800-503-6897.
RxAssist is a PAP
website run by pharmaceutical companies. Instead of searching for individual
PAPs that might cover your ADHD prescription, RxAssist can find several at
once. For Adderall, RxAssist did not find any relevant PAPs.
However, RxAssist provides a prescription discount card.
You may be able to use this card even if you have health insurance coverage.
Print a copy of the card from RxAssist’s website. Each time you fill a
prescription, hand the pharmacist your discount card. They can enter the
information to see if RxAssist can help lower your final prescription cost.
For more information, email email@example.com.
is a non-profit website. It compiles money-saving offers for many prescription
medications. For Adderall, PatientAssistance provides two printable coupons
that can help you save money. If you have a prescription for Adderall, download
and print either the Adderall or the Adderall XR coupon. Take your prescription
to a participating pharmacy, and the coupon could save you as much as 55
percent off the cash price.
Find the Help You Need
If you can’t afford your current ADHD medicines, work
with your doctor to find a drug that both treats your symptoms and doesn’t
break the bank. Don’t give up on your medicine or refuse to take it because the
cost is too great. Resources are available for people, regardless of your
income, age, or health insurance status.