Ask for the Generic Version
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is a generic available and if its advisable to switch.
A generic medicine is the same as a brand-name medicine in dosage, safety, effectiveness, strength, stability, and quality, as well as in the way it is taken and the way it should be used. Generic medicines use the same active ingredients as brand-name medicines and work the same way, so they have the same risks and benefits as the brand-name medicines.
Generic medications are regulated by the FDA and a proven alternative to the name-brand.
Check the Manufacturer's Website
Many drug manufacturer's offer coupons and rebates only available on their websites.
Shop Around for Better Prices
See the chart below to see how you can save big
A few of our favorites:
GoodRx - Search local pharmacies to compare prices and print coupons.
Costco - Often the cheapest in the area (You don't need to be a member to use their pharmacy)
Ask for the 90 Day Supply
You may find that filling a 90-day supply will reduce your total cost for this prescription. As an added bonus, you'll make fewer trips to the pharmacy, saving you time and money.
Note: You may need a new prescription from your doctor; not all 30-day quantity prescriptions will allow for 90-day fills.
Here is an example on how much you can save by switching from a 30-day supply to 90-day.
Split a Higher Dosage Pill
You may be able to save money by splitting a higher dosage of the drug.
Imagine you take the 20mg dosage of a certain drug. While it may seem odd, the 40mg version of the same drug typically only costs a little more than the 20mg version. In fact, it's not unusual to cost the same exact amount!
Important things to consider before pill splitting:
-You'll need to ask your doctor and pharmacist if pill splitting is a good idea for your prescription.
- Not all pills can be split. Don't split drugs with an enteric coating (designed to protect the stomach), drugs that are time-release or long-acting, drugs taken more often than once a day, drugs in capsules, and prepackaged drugs in specific doses, like birth control pills.
- Pill splitting is also not recommended for situations where the patient might not understand the concept or be capable of splitting a pill.