Generic For Metanx?

Barbara Says:

I refilled my Rx for Metanx and it was a different color. I asked and the druggist said this was a generic for Metanx. I refused the Rx and went to another drugstore with my Rx. Am I wrong? Is there a generic for Metanx?

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Kellie Says:

Hello. My name is Kellie and I work on the Metanx Brand Team. Please note that there are no authorized generics for Metanx. To learn more, go to and on the home page, click on "Important information about your Metanx prescription." You can also go to for additional information.

If you are interested on how to save on your Metanx prescription, contact Brand Direct Health at 1-866-331-6440.

Thank you,

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Verwon Says:

Metanx is a vitamin combination, which contains L-methylfolate, methylcobalamin and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate and yes, there is a generic available that is called Folast.

The generic, however, is just hard to find and many pharmacies don't carry it, which is probably why you've never seen it before.


Are there any other questions or comments?

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Dick Says:

What is the cost of Metanx

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Roggman Says:

There is no generic for metanx. A generic is classified with an AB rating by the FDA. If there is not AB rating than the prescription medication and generic version are not equivalent. I always ask the pharmacist is the generic version is AB rated, if they say no than I do not get the generic. I you get a non AB rated generic than you run the risk of increased side effects and potentially less efficacy. Hope this helps and you did the right thing.

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DJ Says:

My father has been taking Metanx for well over a year and a half now. My parents are on Soc. Security and Medicare.
They were paying $53.00 (taken twice a day, 60 tabs) until recently it went up to over a $100 , and no their insurance does not cover it and has never, due to Metanx is considered a nutritional supplement.
My father's neurologist (my father has diabetes and Alzheimer's) claimed that a few weeks ago Metanx patent was up and there is a generic supposedly but no pharmacy in my county has it .

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roggman Says:

Kellie is right. Go to the web sites listed and get the correct information and decide for yourself.

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Charlie Says:

I have been diabetic for 25+ years. I was having severe neuropathy in feet and ankles. I was taking Lyrica and a prescription for restless leg syndrom and had a difficult time with the side effects. I've been taking Metanx for over a year, am experiencing no side effects and rarely experience the massive pain I was having before. I started talking 2 tablets and day and have dropped to 1 per day, mainly because of the expense. Insurance will not cover Metanx.

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roggman Says:

Wonderful to here about your success with contoling pain and side effects with Metanx. If you are interested on how to save on your Metanx prescription, contact Brand Direct Health at 1-866-331-6440. Good luck and post me on how Brand Direct Health worked for you.

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Helena Says:

Metanx will not have a generic available in 2012 . Several companies offer free drug cards which gives you around 15% discount at pharmacies. Some known ones are ScriptSave, Community Assistance Program However the price may not be great in major areas. These work best in small communities to prevent price gouging.

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DJ Says:

went through Brand Direct for my parents and it has saved them $50 a month..They were paying $92 month, now for a 3 month supply, $144..
Worth checking out, they are very nice and your prescription comes through the mail to you...

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Sherry Says:

I have been using Metanax for 2 years now well the first year it was Metanax then went to Folast I have pheriphal Neuropathy my feet and legs hurt so bad I could barely walk I got immediately relief when I started using it. Staring having problems with the pharmacies getting it in so I quit taking it about 2 months ago and I am in so much pain I literally cry from constant burning, freezing legs, back and hips if being off of is why I am 100% worse in the last 3 weeks getting worse everyday I will never stop it again. Finally got filled today again but of course could not get the Metanax or Folast so this time they gave me generic Vitacirc-B I will have to check to see if it's comparable since they didn't tell me that is what I was getting I also have too much Homocystine in my blood which affects the nerves. I pray it helps me as much as the Metanax and Folast did. I guess from reading everyone's else post I'm one of the lucky ones as my insurance does pay for mine of course I have my co-pay which it was $20.56/30 pills, today but I never know what the price is going to be but to get out of this pain and be able to walk again I would gladly pay whatever I do hope the others on here are able to find something for their pain it's a miserable condition to have.

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Tara Says:

Hi, I recently was given vitacirc-b instead of metanax as well. I have never taken metanax before, and I just began the vitacirc-b this week. I wasnt told i was getting the generic and I am hoping it works all the same with no side effects- have you noticed any major differences in the 2 medications? or is one just as good as the other?

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woozman Says:

Anyone have any more info on the Vitacirc-B? I have been taking Metanex for several years because I don't absorb B-12 like I am supposed to. Anyway, I have been feeling worn out and have not had much energy for about a month. I got my "Metanex" refilled today and it was Vitacirc-B. Well I looked at the bottle that was refilled last month and it was also Vitacirc-B. I refilled this one on May 14, and have been feeling like I have less energy pretty much since then (I am color blind, btw, so I guess I didn't notice the different pill). I called my pharm. and he said that last month was the first time they had switched me to the generic.

I am taking these back tomorrow and getting actual Metanex. I will post again in a month if my energy picks up.

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wes Says:

At cvs pharm its 89 bucks for 60 pills

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Cc Says:

just an fyi - haven't tried it yet-will be filling RX soon. Rxrelief has a coupon for 75% and one for 86% off with their free drug card. For the 86% do the Rx search for Metanx

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Hank Says:

Walgreen pharmacist advised me that VITACIRC-B and METANX are identical, a prescription vitamin I'm starting to take for peripheral neuropathy. I paid $93 for 60 tablets, having no insurance for drugs. Will post results down the road - and now keeping my fingers crossed!

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annette Says:

hows it going on the generic Metanx from Walgreens? My 82 yr old mother has been on Metanx for a long time but its becoming cost prohibitive and Walgreens recommended trying the generic...what's your experience been so far?

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Rob Says:

I'm dealing with Peripheral Neuropathy. My GP was not very helpful (can't do anything, see you in 6 months) so I went to a podiatrist and he has been great. He explained that there were some recent studies that indicate that if you aren't diabetic and no physical trauma then it is likely that Peripheral Neuropathy comes from an inability to absorb Vitamin B.

He said there are three treatments, a cheap one (never named it but said it didn't work very well), a medium one (Vitacirc-B) and an expensive one (Metanx). He didn't position Vitacirc-B as a generic to Metanx but as a lower cost alternative. We are starting on Vitacirc-B for 6 weeks. He says it will take that long to see a difference and he said for the first while it will be very up and down. If it works, lots of nerves that haven't been working will start to again and that causes an increase in feeling, but to hang in there.

I see him in 6 weeks to decide whether to continue with Vitacirc-B or to switch and try Metanx.

I'm only 4 days in so I can't really report any results yet.

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rosa Says:

my walgreens here in Miami told me Metanx is $209.OO which I can hardly believe. They gave me VitaCirc b for 83 with a Metanx coupon. Is't that unbelievable????Rosa

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Bluebird Says:

Does anybody know what the inert ingredients (dye, fillers, etc.) are in Vitacirc-B, they are dark pink and I am allergic to Red dye #40. I googled the manu and got nothing good. They were given to me instead of Metanx. I got 3 mos for $180!! Sounds like my insurance did not pay for the dif brand/generic. Metanx is B6,B9,B12. Vita is B6, B12 I think.

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