For many consumers, prescription drug prices have simply climbed too high.
Every year millions of Americans choose not to take important medications because they just can not afford the pharmacy bill.
If you’re struggling to pay for your medication, you’re not alone. Read on for a quick look at four ways you can save on pharmacy visits and still get the medicine you need.
To Save on Pharmacy Visits, Go Generic
Let’s face it … most name brand prescription drugs are not cheap. Some drugs cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars for relatively small doses.
On the other hand, the generic versions of many name brand drugs are often significantly cheaper than their counterparts. If you want to save on prescription drugs, the easiest way to do so is usually to simply choose the generic version over the name brand.
Be sure to ask your doctor if there’s a generic version of your prescription or if a similar drug with a generic version would fit your needs.
Sometimes all you need to do is ask.
Try a Big-Box Store
Another sure-fire way to save on your next prescription is to shop your local big-box store.
As much as you may love your local pharmacy, some big box stores are selling prescriptions for as little as $4. Prices like these are simply too good to pass up if you’re on a tight budget.
Check with the big stores in your area and learn more about pricing. They might just have your prescription available for less.
Look for Discounts
It may feel like you’re locked into one price with prescription medications. You need the medicine and whatever the pharmacist says, you pay.
In reality, there are actually a number of discounts available for many prescription medications.
One of the most overlooked ways to save is directly through the drug companies. With the high cost of many medications, some drug makers offer discount programs for certain medications. All you need to do is ask your doctor or check with the manufacturer.
Many pharmacies and insurance providers also offer discount programs for those with frequent medication needs.
Consider Your Dosage
Many medications are available in various dosages, like 5 and 10 mg sizes. Often, the larger doses are cheaper than the smaller sizes. If you can, ask for a larger dose. Then, split the larger pills into smaller sizes.
Larger quantities of pills are usually cheaper too. If your doctor will allow it, ask for 90 pills instead of 60. You’ll save a few bucks and won’t have to make as many trips to the pharmacy.
You should, of course, never take more than prescribed. So be careful with larger pills or greater numbers.
With soaring healthcare and medication costs, it feels good to save on pharmacy visits. Try these tips next time you need to pick up a prescription.
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