How Much Does Linzess Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 23, 2018

Linzess, used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation as the main problem, can also be used for chronic constipation relief, and is available with a prescription only.   It works by increasing the secretion of chloride and water within the intestines, which allows your stool to soften to help promote bowel movements.

At the time of this publishing, no generic equivalent is available.

How much does Linzess cost?

The costs of Linzess, based on the pharmacies we talked to, would depend on the dosage, quantity prescribed, your health insurance and the pharmacy you fill your prescription, but from our own personal research, the dosage didn’t matter as each dosage with the same quantity count was in the same price range.  With a few factors to consider, just like any prescription, the costs can vary, especially if you have insurance.  However, for those with insurance, here are the cost averages we received from local pharmacies if we had no insurance coverage:

DosagePrice
72 MCG- 30 capsules: $450
- 60 capsules: $900
- 90 capsules: $1,350
145 MCG- 30 capsules: $450
- 60 capsules: $900
- 90 capsules: $1,350
290 MCG- 30 capsules: $450
- 60 capsules: $900
- 90 capsules: $1,350

How did we get these prices?  We searched the Costco drug directory and called Walmart, Sam’s Club, Walgreens and CVS to come up with average.  Remember, these are the prices if you do not have health insurance and/or take advantage of some of the savings opportunities as we mention below.

For insurance purposes, GoodRX stated 97% of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans do cover this drug and the same can be said about private insurance carriers as well.  However, to make certain your insurance company will cover this medication, be sure to talk with your insurance carrier directly to see what your costs would be with your plan.

How to save on Linzess

Manufacturer Coupon

The official manufacturer of the drug, Actavis, offers the Linzess Instant Savings Program, which is a savings program designed to help you pay as little as $30 per 30, 60 or 90-day supply as long as you qualify.  According to the fine print, it’s available to commercially insured patients only, and to see if you do qualify, you are asked to register for a savings card via the official website.  If you do, you are then able to present this coupon at your local pharmacy to maximize your savings.

Assistance Program

Allergan offers the Allergan U.S. Patient Assistance Program for patients who meet certain qualifications such as a valid prescription, proof of income, and a copy of your LIS denial letter.  For this assistance program, if you were to qualify, you could have your medication shipped to either your doctor or pharmacy every 90 days for $0 as long as you’re approved.  For more information on this program, you can visit the official assistance program website or call 1-800-851-0758.

Third-party Coupons

Popular third-party coupon websites, such as Drugs.com and GoodRX.com, can help you save simply by printing a coupon on their website.  Available to anyone with a valid prescription, the process is relatively simple:  search for your drug, pick out your quantity and dosage, followed by the pharmacy of choice, and next to the pharmacy name, you will select the coupon link if you’re happy with the price listed on the website.  Granted, if you do use a third-party option, you will not be able to combine it with your own private insurance coverage, but even if you have a private health insurance carrier, it doesn’t hurt to check out these websites to see if you can save more than what your private insurance carrier can.

Longer Supply

If you know you will need this medication for more than 30 days, be sure to ask your doctor if he or she will prescribe you for a 90-day supply as this can drop the capsule price.

Linzess side effects

As per MedicineNet.com, common side effects noted include diarrhea, stomach pain, gas and/or stomach distention, while other important side effects can include headaches, fatigue, respiratory infections, sinusitis and/or stomach/viral infections.  Always report any unwanted side effects to your doctor and/or pharmacist.


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