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Rybelsus oral tablet is a brand-name medication that’s prescribed to manage blood sugar. It contains the active drug semaglutide, but it’s not available in a generic version. The cost of Rybelsus can vary and might be lowered with a coupon.
Medically reviewed by Dena Westphalen, PharmD
Updated on April 20, 2023

Read on to learn about Rybelsus and its cost. You’ll also find available coupons and suggestions for ways to save on your prescription. If you’d like more information about Rybelsus, including its uses, refer to this overview article.

Cost of Rybelsus

Like other medications, the cost of Rybelsus can vary. Certain things may affect its price, such as:

  • your insurance plan, if you have coverage
  • the pharmacy you use

To find out how much Rybelsus costs, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They may suggest ways to save money on your prescription, including those described in this article. To find out what you’d pay using savings coupons, read the following section.

Coupons for Rybelsus

Prescription drug coupons can help you save money by lowering the cost of Rybelsus.

Visit this page to access Optum Perks coupons and get price estimates for Rybelsus when you use the coupons. These coupons can provide significant savings on your prescription costs.

Note: Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance copays or benefits.

Available app for coupons

To make finding and using these coupons easier, you can download the Optum Perks app. To learn more about this prescription discount app, see this article.

Cost considerations for Rybelsus

Here’s a list of things to consider about the cost of prescription medications:

  • Prior authorization. If you have prescription drug insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers the cost of Rybelsus. In this case, your doctor will communicate with your insurance company regarding your prescription for Rybelsus. The insurance company will decide whether to cover the medication. If a drug requires prior authorization and you begin taking it without this, you may have to pay the full price for the drug.
  • Three-month supply. If you’re taking Rybelsus long term, your doctor may suggest a 90-day supply of the medication. This will have to be approved by your insurance company. Getting a 90-day supply could help lower the drug’s cost. It could also save you time having to make trips to your pharmacy.

If you have questions about any of these considerations, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or contact your insurance company and talk with a representative.

If you don’t have a health insurance plan, let your doctor or pharmacist know. They may suggest online pharmacy options you could use. You can also ask them about ways to obtain health insurance coverage.

Common questions about Rybelsus and cost

Here are some common questions about Rybelsus and their answers. 

Is Rybelsus 3 mg less expensive than the drug’s other strengths?

Possibly. Rybelsus is available in three strengths: 3 milligrams (mg), 7 mg, and 14 mg. The drug’s strength may affect how much your prescription will cost.

But there are several other factors that can influence the price, too. This includes varying insurance coverage. Insurance plans may differ in how they cover drugs and the copay they charge.

To find out how much you can expect to pay for your Rybelsus prescription, contact your insurance provider. Or you can ask someone at your pharmacy.

How much does Rybelsus cost without insurance?

Usually, paying for prescription drugs out of pocket is more expensive than using insurance coverage. If you have insurance, a drug’s cost will depend on your specific plan. Plans can vary in how they cover Rybelsus and the copay they charge.

If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to find online coupons to help with the cost of Rybelsus. See the “Coupons for Rybelsus” section above.

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Does the cost of Rybelsus for weight loss differ from the cost of its approved uses?

Rybelsus isn’t approved for weight loss, but doctors may prescribe it for this purpose. If doctors prescribe a drug for conditions other than its approved uses, it’s called an off-label use.

Many insurance companies won’t cover a drug for off-label use. They consider it to be an experimental treatment in this case. This means you may have to pay for Rybelsus out of pocket if your doctor prescribes it for weight loss.

To help with the cost of Rybelsus, you may be able to find online coupons. See the “Coupons for Rybelsus” section above.

Note: Another medication, called Wegovy, contains semaglutide and is approved for weight loss. Semaglutide is the active drug in Rybelsus. An active drug is the ingredient that makes medication work. For weight loss, doctors may be more likely to prescribe Wegovy than Rybelsus.

Why are costs different for brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?

Brand-name drugs can be expensive because of the studies needed to test how safe and effective they are.

Makers of a brand-name drug can sell their drug for up to 20 years. When the patent for a brand-name drug expires, other drugmakers can make and sell generic versions. A generic medication is an identical copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. (An active drug is the ingredient that makes a medication work.)

This competition may help keep the costs of generic medications lower. Also, generic medications contain the same active drugs as brand-name medications. So, they don’t require the same testing, which can be costly.

Ask your doctor if you’d like to know more about the cost difference between brand-name and generic drugs.

Brand-names vs. generics

Rybelsus is a brand-name medication. It’s not available in a generic version.

A generic medication is an identical copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. (An active drug is the ingredient that makes a medication work.) Rybelsus’ active drug is called semaglutide, but it’s not available as a generic medication.

Generics usually cost less than brand-name drugs. And they’re thought to be as safe and effective as the brand-name versions.

What to ask about Rybelsus

This article provides cost information related to Rybelsus. It also offers suggestions for ways to save money on your prescription. You’ll find a link to coupons for Rybelsus near the beginning of this article.

If you have more questions about paying for this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You can also contact your insurance company.

Here’s a list of questions you may want to ask regarding the cost of your medication:

  • Are there other options for treating my condition that cost less than Rybelsus?
  • What are my options if I can’t afford Rybelsus?
  • When will a generic version of Rybelsus be available?

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