Taking Vyvanse? Here’s How You Can Save

Tori Marsh, MPH
Written by Tori Marsh, MPH
Updated on August 12, 2019

Vyvanse is a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder. It’s one of the most popular medications in its class, but it’s expensive. The average cash price for a 30-day supply of 70 mg capsules is currently around $380. Many similar drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but a generic version of Vyvanse isn’t expected any time soon.

If your healthcare provider thinks Vyvanse is right for you, there are savings options to help you avoid paying the retail price.

How popular is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse is the third most popular central nervous system stimulant, a class of medications that also includes Adderall and Ritalin. Drugs in this class are designed to help you stay focused and alert, and can also be prescribed to treat narcolepsy and aid in weight loss.

When will generic Vyvanse be available?

As of August 2019, there is no generic available for Vyvanse. It may become available as generic lisdexamfetamine when the manufacturer’s patent expires in 2023. While the possibility of a generic alternative is still years away, there are other ways to save on Vyvanse.

Are there cheaper medications I can try?

While Vyvanse doesn’t have a generic, there are other medications to speak with your healthcare provider about.

Other similar stimulants, like Concerta and Adderall, have cheap generic alternatives. Keep in mind that switching stimulants may not be simple. Talk to your healthcare provider before stopping or switching any medications. More information on the specific differences between Vyvanse and Adderall can be found here. If you’re curious about how other stimulants compare to Vyvanse, read more here.

If you have insurance, check your coverage. Vyvanse is not usually covered, but plans tend to offer coverage for other similar medication options.

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