How_To_Save_Money_On_Prescription_Medications

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How To Save Money On Prescription Medications

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If you are a regular user of prescription medications, you know that
these drugs can be costly to purchase. Cutting back on drugs can be
dangerous to your health, but if you are on a fixed income your choices
can seem limited. Let’s look at some cost effective ways for you to slash
your prescription costs.


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prescriptions, drugs, pharmaceuticals, drug stores, Canadian pharmacies,
Medicare, Medicaid


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If you are a regular user of prescription medications, you know that
these drugs can be costly to purchase. Cutting back on drugs can be
dangerous to your health, but if you are on a fixed income your choices
can seem limited. Let’s look at some cost effective ways for you to slash
your prescription costs.

1. Go generic. Many medications prescribed are for name brand drugs. Ask
your doctor if he or she can substitute a generic drug which can lower
your costs significantly.

2. Split the pill. If you have been prescribed 40 mg of a drug and only
need 20 mg consider investing in a pill splitter. You can reduce your
costs significantly especially if the price difference between the two
strengths is minimal; check with your pharmacist to make sure that the
drug will not lose effectiveness if it is split.

3. Shop in Canada. Regulated pharmacies based in Canada tout their lower
prescription costs to American consumers via the internet. Not all drugs
are lower, especially when including shipping and handling cost, however.

4. Assistance programs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer drug
assistance programs for users of their products. Contact the maker of
your medication directly for assistance.

5. Go big. Purchasing a two month supply can be much more cost effective
than purchasing a one month supply. Check to see if your insurance
company permits this practice.

6. Shop around. Compare prices between pharmacies including online
providers.

7. Government assistance. You may be eligible for special assistance
through government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
8. Coupons. Occasionally, companies give away free samples of their
products or will give you money saving coupons. Check with your doctor
about getting free samples too.

You can save money on prescription drugs with a little bit of pluck and
with plenty of determination. Shop wisely and you will be certain to save
money in this day of ever spiraling health costs.

				
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