Vimpat Cost


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

Lacosamide (Vimpat) is a prescription-based drug designed to help control seizures that were caused by certain types of epilepsy by acting on the central nervous system.  It can either be used on its own or combined with other medicines to become effective, but it will not be a cure for seizures.

As of 2018, there is no generic oft his drug available but one may become available in 2022.

How much does Vimpat cost?

The cost of Vimpat greatly depends on your insurance carrier, the quantity/dosage strength and the pharmacy you choose.  With a variety of strengths and quantities, we included the costs we found online in our table below, but to budget, be prepared to spend about $12 per capsule without insurance.

StengthPrice (without insurance)
50mg30 tablets: $275
60 tablets: $550
120 tablets: $1,100
100mg30 tablets: $425
60 tablets: $835
120 tablets: $1,650
150mg60 tablets: $885
120 tablets: $1,800
200mg60 tablets: $885
180 tablets: $2,500

According to GoodRX.com, Medicare and private insurance carriers will cover this drug, but as there are thousands of policies, the costs of this prescription, even with insurance coverage, can still range anywhere from as little as $30 to more than $900 for your co-pay.  It’s best to talk with your insurance carrier to know exactly what you will be responsible for before going to the pharmacy.

On this Coping-With-Epilepsy.com forum thread, members discussed the costs they had paid for the drug, with one member saying he paid $96 for his first month of 100mg pills, while another said their monthly co-pay was $300 a month.

Vimpat overview

Always take this medicine as directed by your doctor and following the instructions which come with the medication.  The medicine can be taken either with or without food, and the dosage will depend on the strength of the medicine and each patient.

If you do miss a dosage, take it as soon as possible, but never take a double dose.  If it’s almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule.

Store the medicine away from children and pets, away from any heat, moisture or direct sunlight.  Always avoid freezing.

Vimpat side effects

Vimpat side effects, as per WebMD, may include nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, tiredness, a loss of balance, difficulty walking and/or memory problems.  These side effects tend to be most common when you first start the medication, according to the website, and may lessen as your body starts to adjust to the drug; however, all bodies will react differently, and your results will vary.  Always talk with your doctor if these effects persist or worsen.

Rarer side effects, according to WebMD, can include feeling depression, becoming suicidal and/or other related mental/mood problems.  Allergic reactions, also rare, can occur, causing fevers, swollen lymph nodes, itching, swelling, rashes and/or troubled breathing in extreme cases.  This is not a full list of side effects.  Always talk to your doctor about full disclosure.

How to save on Vimpat

As mentioned in our “costs” subsection, talk with your health insurance carrier to know what you’re responsible for.

Consider using a pharmacy discount card website, such as GoodRx.com.  Here, you can find a local pharmacy for the drug, print out a coupon and take it to the said pharmacy for the rate displayed on the website.  These cards are free and anyone can use them.

The official manufacturer of the drug offers the Vimpat Support Program, an assistance program which can lower the costs to as little as $20 per month.  This program allows you to use the card up to 12 times, allowing you to save as much as 1,300 for the year.  For more information on ways to reduce your costs on this prescription drug, you can visit the official manufacturer website here for more information.

There are many alternatives which may work for your situation and cost you a lot less than this drug.  Neurontin, for example, can cost as little as $11 for a 30-day supply.  Talk with your doctor to see if any alternatives could work for your circumstances to help you save.

The patent, at this time, does not expire until March of 2022, and until then, a generic cannot be available until the patent expires.  Even though this is when the patent expires, it does not mean a generic will readily be available as this will all depend on FDA approval and if any manufacturers decide to make a generic version.


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