Sometimes, these medications can determine whether minor illnesses, which are easily resolved with medication, become life threatening illnesses without access to proper treatment. The following is a list of 10 ways to save money at the pharmacy:
Always ask your pharmacist if the medication you have been prescribed has a generic version. Buying generic can save you tremendously.
BUY OLDER MEDICATION
While new medication may be prescribed more often than older versions of drugs that serve the same purpose, ask your doctor if you can try the older medication first. Older versions of medication are often far cheaper than newer ones, and almost always will have a generic version readily available, which can save you even more money.
GET A RX DISCOUNT CARD
There are many prescription drug discount cards available that can help save you money. An example of one is GoodRX, which is 100% free and will save you a lot of money on your prescriptions. You just type in your medication and zip code and it will show you the standard price for the medication in your area. You can then enter your own dosage information and it will show you how much you can get discounted. Just print out the card and take it to your pharmacy and save! You can also request a permanent card to be mailed to you. Check them out at http://www.goodrx.com
Many people do not realize that you can use coupons on prescription medication too! You can oftentimes get them from your doctor, or just visit the drug manufacturer’s website and print them out. You can get huge savings, with some coupons ranging from $25 to even $100 off. Some even offer coupons for your first month supply for FREE and then a dollar off discount for one to three months on future refills!
TRANSFER PRESCRIPTIONS AND SAVE
Many pharmacies will offer you typically $25 to transfer a prescription to their pharmacy. When taking these offers, be sure to check for any restrictions or limitations, as some may limit the amount you can transfer at one time.
GET MEDICATIONS FOR FREE
There are many drug stores that now offer a wide range of medications 100% FREE! Some offer free antibiotics, diabetes medication, pre-natal vitamins, and blood pressure medication. Publix pharmacy is a great place to get free medications. If you have one near you, be sure to check them out. They currently offer amlodipine, lisinopril, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP), Ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR), Penicillin VK, and metformin all completely FREE! Always check your local pharmacies to see what medication they offer for free, as this can vary by location.
SPLITTING THE DOSAGE
Many prescription drugs cost the same amount for a month’s supply, no matter the dosage. If you are taking a medication that is NOT time release or a capsule, you can get a higher dosage and then split the tablet in half. You need to discuss this with your doctor first to make sure your medication can be split, then have them prescribe you a tablet that is double the dosage you take. Just split the tablet in half and you now have a two month’s supply of your medication for what you normally would have paid for a one month supply.
ASK FOR SAMPLES
Drug representatives visit doctor offices regularly and provide them with samples of medications. Sometimes doctors are so busy they often forget to offer the samples to patients, so be sure to ask! If your doctor wants you to try a medication, ask if they have samples and if you can get a few months’ supply for free to try them before you start purchasing them.
CHECK FOR LOYALTY CARD PERKS
If your drug store offers a loyalty card that will give you incentives for getting your prescriptions filled, then sign up and take advantage of it. Some will actually give you up to a $1 back on every prescription you buy, and even discounts/points toward over the counter medications or other items sold at their location.
CHECK OUT OVER THE COUNTER ALTERNATIVES
There are many pricey prescription medications on the market that actually have an over the counter alternative for a fraction of the cost. These over the counter medications also often go on sale at stores. Some have coupons attached to the box/bottle, or coupons can easily be found online for more savings. Check with your doctor and pharmacist to see if an over the counter version would work for you.
There are so many medically needy people in our nation, and 1-800-Charity Cars hopes that this list will help you save some money on your medications, but more importantly help those who are unable to take their medication due to financial hardships, find ways to be able to afford them and maintain their health. For more money saving tips, read 10 Ways to Save on Monthly Expenses.