How much is adhd medication with insurance?

Ah, medication. The answer to all of life’s problems. At least that’s what we tell ourselves as we pop one too many pills in hopes of getting through the day. But what happens when those pills come at a price? Specifically, what happens when you have ADHD and need medication? How much does it cost with insurance coverage? Let’s take a look.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for our fancy folk out there, is a neurological condition that affects both children and adults. Essentially, it makes it difficult to focus on tasks for an extended period of time while also causing hyperactive behavior.

Common Medications

There are several medications available to treat ADHD symptoms:

  • Adderall: A combination drug consisting of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
  • Ritalin: Contains methylphenidate as its active ingredient.
  • Concerta: Also contains methylphenidate but has an extended-release formula.
  • Vyvanse: Made up of lisdexamfetamine.

These four drugs represent some of the most commonly prescribed medications for treating ADHD symptoms.

Prescription Prices

Prescription prices vary based on several factors such as location and insurance coverage. However, let’s assume you have adequate health care benefits which should cover a portion if not all your prescription costs (lucky duck).

Here are just some ways these common prescriptions stack-up against another:

Name Dosage Quantity Price
Adderall 20mg 30 $135
Ritalin 10mg 60 $75
Concerta 27mg – – –
Extended Release
30 $125
Vyvanse 70mg 30 $365

As you can see, prices vary quite a bit even with insurance coverage. ADHD medication pricing can be staggering and often forces consumers to utilize money-saving measures that aren’t listed in the medication’s safety instructions.


Pharmacies play an important role in prescription drug costs as well. It is common for consumers to shop around at different pharmacies looking for the best price on their regularly prescribed medications.

While most major pharmacy chains carry these drugs, it is worth doing some research into smaller or independent locations. They may offer discounts or have different deals available based on individual circumstances (coughs; some negotiation skills required).


In conclusion, ADHD medication doesn’t come cheap-without-insurance but there are several things you can do to save yourself a few bucks:

  • Consider pharmacies outside of the usual chain stores (like CVS), they may provide discounts
  • If possible switch up your dosage: Taking half as much or using generic prescriptions tend to be cheaper.
  • Talk to your doctor about potential substitute options

Regardless, make sure not miss any dosage due dates and review long-term effects before opting-in adding one more little pill into your routine!


If this article was helpful (or entertaining) please let me know! Accepting champagne donation (but seriously though).

Author’s note: Not everything works for everyone—always consult with your physician sobre opciones para mejorar symptoms y side-effects if medicamento es too caro,.

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