Typical prescription drugs are usually very expensive, especially the new ones, and if insurance does not meet the cost of the medicine, you will end up spending lots of money on prescription drugs.
If you have a ‘silent’ condition which has no apparent symptoms or has minor symptoms, and the doctor prescribes some drugs which you cannot afford, you may end up not taking the required dosage or not taking the medicines for the duration you are supposed to. If you are spending lots of money on prescription drugs, there are ways you can save some money.
Talk To Your Doctor
If your doctor has given you a prescription and when filling it, you realize how expensive it is, go back to him and discuss with him. Ask for cheaper replacements. Nevertheless, some of the time, doctors are quite inflexible about the medicines prescribed, and may refuse to recommend a cheaper substitute. They often say that a particular company has a better formulation.
Ask The Pharmacist
Inquire from the pharmacist if there are inexpensive medicines made by other companies. Different pharmaceutical firms have a different price for similar drugs. If you can get the affordable version of the drug, it will result in significant savings. Sometimes different pharmacies also sell drugs at varying prices.
Do On-line Research
Do your research on the Internet, otherwise, buy a set or pack of drugs and look for the chemical composition of the drug, if not printed on the package, you can check out the formulation on-line. Then check the other companies who manufacture it and what is the price.
Go With The Generics
Generics are usually cheaper. If the medicine can be split, buy the higher dosage one, which will cost less, then split i.e. If 500 mg. is prescribed, but the 1000 mg., one costs less; you can cut in half. Buy a pill splitter for a more precise dosage. However, this is not possible for, extended release tablets, sustained release tablets, capsules and even various sugar-coated, or film coated pills.
Use On-line Order
Bulk drug order can be done by mail resulting in substantial savings. It is only possible if medicines are for chronic conditions, and not for acute illnesses needing immediate relief.
However, be careful when buying from the Internet, as you can never be sure if the drugs meet rigorous quality controls. When you need to import drugs from abroad, because they are affordable, ask for quality analysis report before you buy.
For minor problems, try alternative treatments. Homeopathic remedies are very inexpensive. Likewise, you can try natural treatments like essential oils. Also, try diet and exercise for some conditions. Indeed, this will not work on all issues, but may assist in cases of uncertain blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and the like.