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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Cut Medicine Costs with Simple Measures

Cut medicine costs

It seems the harder the name of your medicine is to pronounce, the more it costs. Medicines are an important part of treating illnesses. Although we need them to remain active and independent, medicine can be expensive.

Here are some ideas to lower costs:

  • Tell the doctor if you’re worried about the cost of your medicine. Doctors might not know how much prescriptions costs, but may be able to tell you about another less expensive drug (a generic or over the counter product).
  • Ask for a senior citizen discount.
  • Shop around. Check prices at different stores or pharmacies. Lower medicine prices may not be a bargain if you need other services, such as home delivery.
  • Ask for medicine samples. If your doctor gives you a prescription for a new medicine, ask for samples to try before filling the prescription.
  • Buy in bulk. If you need to take a drug indefinitely and it doesn’t expire quickly, you may be able to buy a larger amount of the medicine for less money.
  • Try mail order. Mail-order pharmacies can fill prescriptions at lower prices. However, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor before using such a service. Make sure to find a backup pharmacy in case there is a problem with the mail service.
  • Buy OTC medicines when they are on sale. Check the expiration dates and use them before they expire. If you need help choosing an OTC medicine, ask the pharmacist for help.

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