How much do Rosacea Prescriptions Really Cost?

Written by on September 3, 2013 in prescriptions, Rosacea Coupons, Rosacea Fact Sheets with 53 Comments

 

You don’t have to read the online rosacea forums for very long to see the outrage at how much rosacea sufferers, especially in the US, pay for Rosacea Prescriptions.

If you want to try Metrogel 1%, Oracea or Finacea what might you expect to pay?

The answer is actually not straight forward. A lot will depend on which country you live in and and what sort of medical insurance you have access to.

A lot will also depend on whether generic copies of the treatment are available.

Some prescriptions also have rebate programs where for a period of time the out of pocket cost for a prescription fill is reduced.

Rosacea Sufferers Missing Out?

Does the expense of a prescription stop you from using a treatment that you really need ?

Prescription Insurance Working?

Can you use your insurance to get hold of the prescriptions you need?

Example Prescription Costings

LoisAnne wrote:

I recently asked for a new prescription for generic metronidazole and for Finacea from my dermatologist and when I went to pick them up I was totally blown away by the cost! Fortunately I have a medicare prescription insurance plan so my out of pocket cost for each of these was $40. However, the paper I was given said that the metronidazole would have been over $300 and the Finacea would have been over $200. Is that accurate??

Thomas Barrows, MD wrote:

I was spending a little over $200 a month on Oracea and I found that it worked very well. However, I switched to once a day dosing of generic Doxycycline 100 mg and find the results are the same and it now only costs me about $5 a month for therapy.

Sarah G wrote:

I’d be willing to pay up to $100/month (still way overpriced) for Oracea. However, they insist on charging well over $300. Right now I have a card from the manufacturer to get the meds for $25 month for the next year or so…so they get me liking it so I stay on it. I still won’t be able to afford $300.

Adana wrote:

I have now used up the Oracea card that allowed me to get the Oracea 3 times and today the pharmacy wanted $86 for a 30/day supply. Not sure what I’m going to do at this point.

Rory wrote:

… for a one month supply of Oracea and I can get it in Germany for 48 euro. And thats for a box of 56 capsules, almost 2 months worth.

Sue says via email:

Today at Walmart in LA they wanted $485 for a 30 day supply of Oracea. Guess I will take 50 mg of doxycycline. What Galderma charges for oracea is criminal in my opinion.

How Much Did You Pay ?

Please would you let us all know how much you paid for your latest prescription.

This will be a great help to other sufferers who are thinking about embarking on a new regime. Thanks so much.

I’m sure a lot of people are especially waiting to find out just how much a Mirvaso Prescription costs.

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53 Reader Comments

  1. “In Canada I pay $180 for a tube of Ivermectin cream (Rosiver): luckily it lasts a long time as my Rosacea is fairly mild.”

  2. “I have only tried Fenasia and I only use it When I am desperate and I am having a really badd break out. It is way too expensive for me to afford now that I can no longer work.
    How do these other medications compare to fenacia?
    Also, I have severe sinus congestion and reading this I’m wondering if it could be related to my rosacia? My ophthalmologist told me That my eye condition Blephariglottis is related to my rosacia so it really makes me wonder about the sinus thing?”

  3. “The worst example is Rhofade since it is really only concentrated sinus nasal spray mixed into a cream base”

    • “What I was trying to say is Rhofade is nothing more than the same vasoconstricting chemical found in Afrin nasal spray……only more oncentrated and formulated into a cream for topical skin absorption use.

      One would NOT want to apply Rhofade nasally…..far too concentrated for internal use.
      But there is no good reason for Rhofade to be that expensive knowing what it is …a simple OTC sinus decongestant in a more concentrated topical form.

      So all it really does is constrict blood vessels temporarily to lessen a red appearance…but does little for the hot face symptoms and discomfort.
      Just helps cosmetically.”

  4. “I have only tried Fenasia and I only use it When I am desperate and I am having a really badd break out. It is way too expensive for me to afford now that I can no longer work.
    How do these other medications compare to fenacia?
    Also, I have severe sinus congestion and reading this I’m wondering if it could be related to my rosacia? My ophthalmologist told me That my eye condition Blephariglottis is related to my rosacia so it really makes me wonder about the sinus thing?”

    “The worst example is Rhofade since it is really only concentrated sinus nasal spray mixed into a cream base”

    ” In Canada I pay $180 for a tube of Ivermectin cream (Rosiver): luckily it lasts a long time as my Rosacea is fairly mild.”

    “Metrogel has stopped working for me. A prescription is £10 in the uk now”

  5. Betty says:

    Even though I am on Medicare & pay a monthly premium for Part D (Rx) coverage, I would still pay $180 – 250 for a 50 gram tube of Finacea (Bayer) 15% out of pocket.
    Thanks to David’s newsletter, I now get a 30 gram tube (also, Bayer brand) from http://www.chemistdirect.com.au (Australia) for $25.95…….OTC; no prescription required. I ordered 10; shipping was $25.98; takes 2 weeks.

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