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What are the typical costs for having IBS symptoms treated?

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Without health insurance, the typical costs for treating IBS symptoms, as of 2015, are $50 to $200 for the doctor visit, $4 to $25 for over-the-counter medications, and $10 to $200 for prescription medications, states CostHelper. Insurance copays may be $10 to $50; coinsurance may be 10 to 50 percent.

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What are the typical costs for having IBS symptoms treated?
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The cost of non-prescription medications to control IBS symptoms, including constipation and diarrhea, depends on the quantity purchased and whether the medications are name-brand or generic. As of 2015, 120 capsules of the fiber supplement Metamucil costs $14; six caplets of Imodium, an antidiarrheal, costs $5, according to CostHelper.

For moderate or severe IBS cases requiring prescription medication, the costs typically range from $10 to $200, according to CostHelper. Bentyl, an anticholinergic medication prescribed to stop bowel spasms, usually costs $49 or less without health insurance. Generic antidepressant Imipramine hcl typically costs $16. The out-of-pocket cost for prescriptions covered by health insurance ranges from $5 to $30 or more.

IBS patients can reduce their treatment costs, states CostHelper. Stores such as Costco and Walmart often sell over-the-counter and prescription medications at reduced prices. Walmart offers discounts on certain generic drugs at commonly prescribed dosages. Hospitals such as Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, also offer discounts of 30 percent or more to uninsured or cash-paying patients.

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