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maria411

Member Since 04 Jul 2011
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#3179880 The Cost Of Accutane

Posted by maria411 on 13 November 2011 - 01:31 PM

People have been wondering what the cost of taking Accutane is - it varies depending on the country you live in and if have private insurance etc.

I live in Canada and I have private insurance (Drugs are covered up to 80%) and I have broken down the costs of the drug for a five month stint of the drug.

The Cost of Accutane in Canada with Private Health Insurance

Doctors Visits

I go to a doctor who specialises in Acne therefore I have to pay an additional fee of $30 per visit.

June 17th: Pre Accutane Visit
  • Determine that I need the drug and lab work
  • $30 fee - $12 covered by private insurance = $18
June 28th: Accutane Start Day
  • Prescription for the medication
  • Extractions Kenalog Injections
  • $30 fee - $12 covered by private insurance = $18
July 7th: Two Week Checkup
  • Extractions Kenalog Injections
  • $30 fee - $12 covered by private insurance = $18
July 21st: Two Week Checkup
  • Extractions Kenalog Injections
  • $30 fee - $12 covered by private insurance = $18
August 3rd: Two Week Checkup
  • Extractions Kenalog Injections
  • $30 fee - $24 covered by private insurance = $6 (new insurance plan)
August 16th: Two Week Checkup
  • No extractions needed
  • $30 fee - $24 covered by private insurance = $6
October 12th: Checkup
  • $30 fee - $24 covered by private insurance = $6
November 23rd: Final Checkup (Estimated)
  • $30 fee - $24 covered by private insurance = $6
It is important to note that my Doctor was on vacation this summer and I had to visit an alternate doctor to have my initial breakout taken care of. Below are the additional costs:



July 13th: Additional Doctor Visit
  • Extractions Kenalog Injections
  • $30 fee - $12 covered by private insurance = $18
Total Doctors Visits: $270 (without insurance) $114 (with insurance)




Drug Costs

Diane 35 - $40 monthly x 5 months = $200 (without insurance) $40 (with insurance)

Fucidin for the lining of one's nose $23.05 (without insurance) $4.70 (with insurance)

Accutane a full course $625.30 (without insurance) $125.06 (with insurance)

Vitamin A Cream 0.05% - $24.84 (without insurance) $4.96 (with insurance)

Vitamin A Cream 0.025% - $24.84 (without insurance) $4.96 (with insurance)

In Canada a box of 30 - 40mg Accutane pills is $69.17 + Dispensing Fee $11.99 = $81.16

For months Four and Five I was given a prescription of 60 - 40mg Accutane pills $138.34 + Dispensing Fee $11.99 = $150.33 (you save on phamacy fees)

Total Drug Cost: $898.03 (without insurance) $179.61 (with insurance)

Blood Tests are free in Canada

Incidental Costs

When you go on Accutane you more than likely need to change up your products. I had to go out and buy new hair and face products to deal with the effects of the drug.

Hair conditioner: Morrocan Oil: $40

La Roche Possay Cream Hydreane Riche: $25 (a good non-irritating moisturizer but not strong enough if you are on Tane)

La Roche Possay Effaclar H: $20 (a must if you are on Tane during the Fall and Winter)

La Roche Possay Cleanser Tolerane: $25 (not my favourite but it is okay during treatment, Effaclar H also makes a cleanser which is probably better)

La Roche Possay Ceralip Treatment: $15 (its okay but your lips can still feel dry, great if you are off Tane)

Aquaphor: $10 (worth every cent)

Cetaphil Lotion: $15 (it is good non-irritating lotion)

Bio Oil: $12 (hardly used it)

Total Incidental Cost: $162

Total Course of Treatment Without Insurance: $1320.03

Total Course of Treatment With Insurance: $455.61


#3177068 Accutane Tiredness

Posted by maria411 on 06 November 2011 - 08:59 AM

I am on Week 19 of Accutane and I have experienced fatigue throughout my treatment.  Some days were worse than others where I just needed to sleep more and others where I felt normal.  It is side effect of the treatment but it is work it - I am approaching my final week and I am 100% clear.