When faced with bacterial infections, amoxicillin usually saves the day. Diseases like tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the nose, ear, throat, skin, or even urinary tract all cower in fear upon contact with amoxicillin.
It is a type of a penicillin antibiotic that comes in forms of oral capsules, oral tablets, chewable tablets, and oral suspension. But if you are thinking of choosing the chewable tablets over other kinds, no, you cannot choose the type of amoxicillin to have. Your doctor will decide that for you. The duration of how long you can take amoxicillin is also in your doc’s hands (and expertise) to decide.
So what is the cost of amoxicillin? If it’s something that is so powerful of a medicine as they say it is, will it put a hole in your wallet? Or is it something you can purchase from the pharmacy with a content look on your face knowing it is not as expensive as any other medications? What would be the amoxicillin price without insurance?
These are questions that will be answered as you read through.
Average Cost of Amoxicillin
Amoxicillin is an inexpensive drug that would cost around $4 to $17 in your local pharmacies. These prices are still not covered by your insurance. If covered, it would be lesser. Kroger, Kmart, CVS, and Costco offer coupons that provide discounts on a variety of medicines, including amoxicillin. An example is CVS Pharmacy where for an estimated price of about $16.08, you only get to pay$10.00 if you print out their coupon that can be found in GoodRx. That gives you about $6.08 or 38% in savings.
Amoxicillin price without insurance as listed by Trust Pharmacy for Amoxil is at $33.8 for a pack of 60 capsules. This brings it down to less than a dollar ($0.56) per piece.
- There are times, although rare, that one may get side effects like skin rashes, nausea, and vomiting after taking amoxicillin. If this happens, contact your doc right away. And while waiting for the doc, some useful remedies for skin rashes would be a tube of cortisone cream that would cost you about $7 to $15.
Calamine is also good at providing relief to skin rashes. Walmart has it at around $2 to $8. And if you are a fan of home remedies, you can go for a soda bath (baking soda dissolved in cool water for about 30 minutes), or you can choose to apply apple cider vinegar to the affected areas.
- Other side effects of taking amoxicillin would be nausea, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting. When experiencing these side effects, make sure to get in touch with your doc. He would know what to do. Although another doctor appointment is an additional cost, you would be better off getting professional help than taking medications by yourself. And always remember to never take medications when with these side effects.
Shopping for Amoxicillin
- GoodRx has price listings comparing amoxicillin from different pharmacies. What is good with it is that aside from the price comparisons that you get, you also have access to coupons that can potentially save you dollars.
- Trust Pharmacy also sells amoxicillin in packs. Tablets would be in 250mg, 500mg, 650mg, and 1000mg dosages. Tablets would come in 30, 60, 90, and 180 tablets per pack.
Factors Affecting Cost of Amoxicillin
It varies depending on where you bought it. Walmart has a very low price which is at $4 for amoxicillin while Safeway’s price is pegged at $17. Some pharmacies also accept coupons. If you have some (which you can get online at GoodRx and other websites), you can use them to save a few dollars.
Generic amoxicillin is usually covered by insurance – by Medicare and other insurance providers. You may call your insurance providers and see whether your plan covers amoxicillin.
Amoxicillin also comes in many types – tablets, capsules, and oral suspension (in liquid form). Each kind of amoxicillin has their respective costs. While an amoxicillin price without insurance in capsule form costs $4 to $17, chewable tablets could go up to an estimated price of $23. A bottle of oral suspension is estimated to cost about $10 to $33.
Amoxicillin costs also vary depending on the number of capsules/tablets you purchase. Amoxil 1000mg capsules for example, cost $4.02 in a 10-pill pack; $3.23 for a 20-pill pack; $2.97 for a 30-pill pack; and so on.
Safe to say that the more pills in a pack, the cheaper it becomes. You, of course, will not take more than what is needed. Remember that the doctor will only provide you with a prescription indicating the number of capsules to be orally taken – and you will take nothing more, nothing less.
Another factor affecting prices of amoxicillin is the dosage of the tablet that has been prescribed by your doc. Going back to the previous example of an Amoxil, a 250mg dosage of the same medicine only costs $0.56 per capsule in a 60-pill pack. In another pack with the same number of capsules but with a 500mg dosage, it would cost $0.71. A dosage of 1000mg of the same brand costs $2.71, again, in a 60-pill pack.
- Amoxicillin does not pose any harm to an unborn baby. You need to tell your doctor anyway.
- If you are breastfeeding and your doctor prescribed you to take amoxicillin, you need to tell him about the breastfeeding part right away. Components in an amoxicillin can mix into the breastmilk and could potentially harm your baby.
- Amoxicillin in oral suspension form should be kept in the fridge but be careful not to freeze it. It should also be disposed of after 14 days as it has already lost its potency by that time.
- When into birth control, take note that amoxicillin can affect the potency of the birth control pills. They would be less effective.
- It is also important to let your doctor know if you have any of the following: asthma, liver or kidney disease, mononucleosis, history of getting diarrhea when taking antibiotics, or any food or drug allergies, prior to taking amoxicillin.
- Some forms of amoxicillin can also be taken without food. It is recommended that you read the labels first prior to taking your medication.
- Getting yourself vaccinated can help you avoid certain diseases like pneumonia. There is also a vaccine available for bronchitis and as of the middle of 2017; scientists are working on a vaccine for gonorrhea.