How Much Does Antivenom Cost?

Antivenom is a type of medicine that can counteract the effects of the venom released into your body when bit by something poisonous such as a rattlesnake.  Every year, more than 100,000 people die from being bit by a venomous snake, and depending on the toxicity, a snakebite can cause a myriad of side effects, including muscle numbness, tingling sensations, nausea, excess saliva and/or trouble breathing.

Aside from the fact that this poses a threat of dying within the day of being bitten, the treatment against venom is sometimes hard to find.  In fact, not all hospitals in the country are even equipped with antivenom for all venomous snakes, scorpions, spiders and other poisonous animals.

To avoid being killed, a victim must go to a hospital immediately, and as long as the hospital has the venom in stock, there’s almost a good chance you will survive.

Rattlesnake by Bildflut85, on Flickr
Rattlesnake” (Public Domain) by Bildflut85

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Average Reported Cost: $3500

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  1. Austin Ainsworth (Hendersonville ,  North Carolina) paid $7000 and said:

    Seven-thousand per vile, and I was given 5 viles so that is quite a bit of money plus ambulance,plus oxygen, plus hospitalization was quite a lot

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Vivian Lee (Houston,  Texas) paid $ and said:

    This article is not honest. Yes antivenom is costly but only around 12 people or less die in the US per year due to snake bite. Where on Earth did you get 100,000?

    Was it worth it? Yes

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