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How Much Does Tamiflu Cost? With or without insurance

Mira Research Team19 Nov 2020

How much does Tamiflu cost? With or without insurance

 

Quick Digest:

  • Tamiflu is a prescription drug for individuals who have the flu.
  • Tamiflu is covered by 68% of insurance plans and has a co-pay of $60- $75 with insurance.
  • Without insurance, Tamiflu could cost up to $250 or $135 for the generic version.
  • Tamiflu is available at various pharmacies at different price ranges.
  • With MiraRx, you can get Tamiflu for up to 80% off. Mira also provides individuals healthcare for just $45/mo with low-copays, no deductible, and access to all partnered urgent care clinics. Sign up here.
How much Tamiflu costs when you use Mira

 

What is Tamiflu?

According to the Federal Drug Association, Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral drug prescribed for individuals who have the influenza virus. Tamiflu is used to treat people 2 weeks of age and older who have the flu (influenza A and B viruses). Tamiflu is also sometimes used for prevention (prophylaxis) of the flu in people 1 year of age and older, but it is not a substitute for getting the flu vaccine.

Tamiflu works by attacking the flu virus to prevent it from multiplying in your body and by reducing the symptoms of the flu. It can treat flu symptoms caused by the flu virus in patients who have had symptoms for less than 2 days.

Still, need your flu shot? See our article on where to get a flu shot for free in NYC!

 

How much does Tamiflu cost?

The cost of Tamiflu will depend on the dosage your healthcare provider prescribes and whether or not you have insurance. Without insurance, Tamiflu could cost up to $250 and $135 for the generic version. 

Tamiflu is covered by 68% of insurance plans. With insurance, Tamiflu has a co-pay of about $60- $75.

 

How much is Tamiflu without insurance?

Below is a breakdown of how much Tamiflu costs without insurance at major pharmacies (and Mira) across the United States.

Mira

With Mira prescription, Tamiflu may cost you as little as $30 without insurance. Learn more here

The data below reflects NYC.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$35
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$37
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$30 
60ml of 6mg/m1 bottle$40

CVS Pharmacy

At CVS, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $115.50.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$109
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$109
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$122
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$122

Kmart

At Kmart, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $119.40.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$114.59
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$115.09
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$123
60ml of 6mg/m1 bottle$124.92

Kroger

At Kroger, the average price for Tamiflu without insurance is $127.27.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$115.36
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$115.34
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$125.19
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$125.19

Publix

At Publix, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $119.48.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$114.64
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$114.64
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$124.26
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$124.36

Rite Aid

At Rite Aid, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $121.11.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$116.38
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$116.38
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$125.32
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$126.32

Target

At Target, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $120.23.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$114.59
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$114.59
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$125.36
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$126.36

Walgreens

At Walgreens, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $121.37.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$116.38
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$116.38
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$126.38
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$126.32

Walmart

At Walmart, the average cost of Tamiflu without insurance is $115.82.

DosageQuantityPrice without insurance
10 capsules of 30mg1 dose pack$112.20
10 capsules of 45mg1 dose pack$112.20
10 capsules of 75mg1 dose pack$117
60ml of 6mg/ml1 bottle$121.86

 

How can I get Tamiflu for a lower price?

Mira offers people healthcare for just $45/mo, low-copays, and no deductible. With MiraRx, you can get Tamiflu and other prescription drugs for up to 80% off the retail price. Click here to learn more.

 

Who should not take Tamiflu?

If you are allergic to the main ingredient, oseltamivir phosphate, or the inactive ingredients, you should not take Tamiflu. It’s important to know each type of Tamiflu capsule (as well as the Tamiflu version for oral suspension) has different inactive ingredients. 

In addition, you should inform your doctor if you have the following conditions before you take Tamiflu so that the true Tamiflu cost does not include complications:

  • If you have trouble swallowing capsules.
  • If you have a kidney condition.
  • If you are fructose intolerant. This medication contains sorbitol, which may cause diarrhea and stomach upset in fructose-intolerant patients.
  • If you are pregnant (or plan on becoming pregnant). It is not yet definitely known whether taking Tamiflu can harm unborn babies. Taking the medicine while you are pregnant may be an unacceptable price.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

 

Does Tamiflu Have Side Effects?

Common side effects of Tamiflu include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye redness or discomfort,
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Cough or other respiratory problems
  • The flu itself or Tamiflu may rarely cause serious mental/mood changes. This may be more likely in children. Tell your doctor of any signs of unusual behavior, including confusion, agitation, or self-injury.

 

How can I get Tamiflu?

Tamiflu is a prescription drug and is not available over the counter; however, there’s a possibility it will be available over the counter in the future. 

As of now, you must be prescribed Tamiflu by your doctor if you are showing flu symptoms for less than 2 days.

 

Sources:

https://www.goodrx.com/tamiflu/medicare-coverage

https://www.truemedcost.com/tamiflu-price/

https://www.rxlist.com/tamiflu-side-effects-drug-center.htm

https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/tamiflu

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