Coumadin Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Coumadin, an anticoagulant, is used to treat or help prevent clots in the arteries, lungs, heart or veins.

Warfarin and Jantoven, being the generic version commonly prescribed today, is only available via prescription.

How much does Coumadin cost?

The cost of Coumadin will depend on a few factors, including the dosage, quantity, which version (generic vs. brand), your insurance and where you have the prescription filled.  For Coumadin, the average price per capsule averages about $2.80, whereas the generic averages about $0.15 per capsule.

As there are two options, being the branded version, Coumadin, and the most popular generic, Jantoven, the costs will greatly vary depending on the brand you choose and the strength you need.  To make things easy, we created the table below to show the averages you should be prepared to spend without any insurance coverage.

BrandDosageAverage Price
Coumadin1 MG- 30 tablets: $75
- 50 tablets: $120
- 100 tablets: $230
Jantoven1 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin2 MG- 30 tablets: $80
- 50 tablets: $125
- 100 tablets: $250
Jantoven2 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin2.5 MG- 30 tablets: $77
- 50 tablets: $125
- 100 tablets: $241
Jantoven2.5 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin3 MG- 30 tablets: $81
- 50 tablets: $130
- 100 tablets: $255
Jantoven3 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin4 MG- 30 tablets: $81
- 50 tablets: $130
- 100 tablets: $255
Jantoven4 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin5 MG- 30 tablets: $85
- 50 tablets: $135
- 100 tablets: $260
Jantoven5 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin6 MG- 30 tablets: $105
- 50 tablets: $170
- 100 tablets: $325
Jantoven6 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin7.5 MG- 30 tablets: $107
- 50 tablets: $175
- 100 tablets: $335
Jantoven7.5 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15
Coumadin10 MG- 30 tablets: $110
- 50 tablets: $180
- 100 tablets: $350
Jantoven10 MG- 30 tablets: $11
- 50 tablets: $12
- 100 tablets: $15

NOTE:  These prices were combined to create an average with the quotes we received from five pharmacies:  Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Costco and Sam’s Club.

As for insurance, Medicare and private insurance, from what we researched online, does cover all three options, with the co-pays reported anywhere from $0 to $15 for the generic version to $15 to $85 for the branded version, Coumadin.  To be certain what you’re going to pay if you plan on using insurance, be sure to talk with either your insurance company or call your local pharmacy with your insurance information to know what you will be responsible for.

How to save on Coumadin

Generics:  As noted in our table above, a generic will be more than 1,000% percent cheaper, and while your doctor should prescribe the generic 99 percent of the time, it doesn’t hurt to confirm before heading to the pharmacy.  In fact, even if your doctor prescribed Coumadin, the pharmacy will still prescribe the generic unless otherwise noted by your doctor.

Longer supply:  The more capsules you have prescribed at once, the less you’re going to pay per capsule.  While the savings will not be extreme, the little savings do save up over time, especially if you need the prescription for more than 90 days.

Split:  Ask your doctor if you’re able to split your dosage in order to save even more money, up to 50 percent.  For example, if you had a 20 mg capsule and split it into two, you would now have two 10 mg capsules, but for half the cost.   Most dosages are similar in price, and a pill splitter will only cost you a few dollars, but, again, before doing so, talk with your doctor to see if this route can work for your situation.

Canada:  Buying online via Canadian pharmacies can often drive the costs down to as little as $0.50 per capsule for the branded capsule.  If going this route, however, be sure that the pharmacy you’re working with is licensed and reputable online.

Online coupons:  Online prescription-based coupon websites, such as GoodRX.com, can help you save money on your prescription, even if you do have insurance.  Be sure to check out these websites ahead of time because you may find you can actually save more money than using your insurance at a local pharmacy in some cases.

Drug overview

Coumadin can be used to treat blood clots, including pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis, and depending on the prescription, it can also be used to prevent blood clots that were caused by certain heart conditions such as a heart attack or open-heart surgery.  As a blood thinner or referred to as an anticoagulant in the medical world, the drug will decrease the clotting ability in your bloodstream.

Always take this prescription, as with any prescription, as directed by your doctor.  This means do not take more, take less and/or take it off schedule.  Aside from taking your medicine on schedule, this drug does work best with a special diet in some cases, and if your doctor does recommend a special diet, this needs to be followed closely as well.

According to the medication guide, it can be taken either on a full or empty stomach, but grapefruit juice should be avoided as this can change the amount of medicine being absorbed by your body.

The dosage greatly varies depending on why your doctor prescribed the drug in the first place.  In most cases, an adult will take anywhere from two to five milligrams per day, but your doctor will adjust your dosage if necessary.

Store the medicine in a closed container away from any direct sunlight, moisture and/or heat.

Coumadin vs Warfarin

The FDA must approve all generic versions, and in this case, Warfarin, being the generic version, needs to be approved by the FDA to ensure that the generic is “bioequivalent” to the brand-name drug.  According to the FDA, to considered bioequivalent, the generic drug must be identical in dosage form, strength, safety, route of administration, purity, stability, quality and performance use.

And while the FDA does claim the generic is the same, in reality, it is not 100 percent true.  Why?  The FDA, according to KFreeDaily.com, states the bioequivalent to its brand name counterpart can have a maximum concentration within the body at an 80 to 125 percent of the brand name drug, meaning the patient may only get the 80 percent intended effect or up to 125 percent of the intended effect.  This, in conclusion, can matter a lot since a small change in the concentration of the drug inside your bloodstream could have a great effect only body and is the reason why that doses of Coumadin or Warfarin are often adjusted by your doctor.

While no two are considered better than another, your doctor will always want you to stay with the same brand to avoid the change, even if it is not much.


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