Saving Tips

USE THESE TIPS TO HELP SLASH YOUR PRESCRIPTION COST!

With the cost of prescriptions rising faster than ever there are a few things you can do to cut your costs without any trouble. Here are some tips and tricks you can use today to save on your prescription costs:

Savings Tip #1 – Use a Discount Drug Card.

Obviously we know you found your way to this page to save your hard-earned money on your prescription medications. One of the easiest ways to save is to download our FREE prescription drug card. Our card offers discounts up to 75% off at over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. Click here to download your free card now.

Savings Tip #2 – Buy Generics when available.

Many brand-name prescription medications have generic equivalents. Generic drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness and are manufactured under the same strict rules as the brand named drugs.

Savings Tip #3 – Do some Comparison-Shopping.

Consumers can slash their prescription drug costs by doing some comparison shopping. Compare prices at local pharmacies, supermarkets and even department stores. Wal-Mart offers a $4 program for some prescription drugs but call before you shop – certainly not all drugs are available for $4.

Compare different online sources as well. A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that price comparison shopping can reduce prescription costs for some common drugs up to 90%. Feel free to use our drug pricing tool to check how much you will pay at the pharmacy near you. We can show you where you can save the most when using our card.

Savings Tip #4 – Split Your Pills to Split Your Costs.

Because prescriptions usually cost the same regardless of the dosage, you could buy a larger strength and split it into two doses.

For example, instead of buying 30 10mg-pills, you could buy 30 20mg-pills, split them in half, and get sixty doses for virtually the same price.

Keep in mind this doesn’t work with all pills, as some of them shouldn’t (or physically can’t) be split. This is the case with timed-release medicines, drugs that require a precise dose (such as seizure or heart medication), and anything that comes in a capsule. Consult with your doctor about the possibility, as it could save you 50 percent off your monthly costs. If your doctor approves, invest in an inexpensive pill splitter at your local pharmacy for less than $5 to make the task as simple and easy as possible.

Savings Tip #5 – Ask Your Doctor for FREE Samples.

Your doctor knows which prescriptions are more likely to cost you more or less depending on your condition. Let your doctor know that you are looking for low-cost prescription alternatives to treat your condition. Pharmaceutical reps typically leave free samples of medications for the doctors to dispense right in their offices. Ask, ask, ask, your doctor to give you free samples for the drug therapy he prescribes.

Savings Tip #6 – Ask whether a prescription is really necessary. Perhaps a slight change in diet or lifestyle will be enough to treat whatever symptoms your dealing with.

There are a number of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that often work as well as their prescription counterparts. Some of these OTC remedies, such as Claritin for allergies or Prilosec for heartburn, were once only available by prescription. Other OTC medicines have a long history of effectiveness. Consumer Reports noted that nonprescription drugs containing antihistamines such as Benadryl, Nytol, Tylenol PM and Unisom can be just as useful for occasional sleeplessness as the more heavily promoted (and expensive) prescription medications such as Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem and Sonata. Save even more by selecting the generic or store-brands.

Savings Tip #7 – Take advantage of the $4 generic price war going on between the large chain stores.

Wal-Mart and Target offer hundreds of generic prescriptions for $4 a month while Kmart offers more than 200 generic prescriptions for $15 for a 90-day supply. Make sure you understand – these programs are for a select number of generic drugs only.