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5 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs

by Notorious Spinks on 05.13.2016

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with UnitedHealthcare. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to prescription drugs, I try to avoid them at all costs. However, there are times when you just don’t have any other option. Trust me, medicine is always my last choice. Not to mention, the price. Unfortunately, last week I had to take antibiotics for an ear infection and bronchitis. Yikes! As usual, I shopped around pharmacies for the best deal because as of Wednesday, my ear, nose, and throat doctor decided that it’s time for a daily prescription allergy medicine and nasal spray.

While in line at the pharmacy, I was in disbelief what people were paying for their prescription drugs. It was disheartening and I know these people needed their drugs. In efforts to help those of us who need our meds, I’ve compiled a list of five ways to save money on prescription drugs. Check them out and share them with a friend a two.

Use preventive care. Yes, preventive care is your first and best defense to fighting prescription drug costs. It is less expensive to eat healthy, exercise and listen to your body because many illnesses and diseases can be stopped in their tracks.

Shop Around. If taking prescription medicine is unavoidable, do your homework. Call around to various pharmacies and check the prices. This helps even if you have insurance because some drugs aren’t covered with your prescription drug plan.

Tip: If you have to pay cash for a prescription, check Costco if there is one in your area. I find they always have cheap prices and you don’t have to be a member to use their pharmacy. Just tell the door attendant that you’re going to the pharmacy.

Ask for Samples. Many doctors have samples on hand. so ask. Many of them encourage you to take them. They will gladly give you those samples.

Tip: Be nice to the nurses and staff. They may give your nice patient hookup and supply you with endless samples.

Check Over-the-Counter Options. Some prescription drugs are offered over the counter, too. Ask the pharmacist about this option. Be sure to make sure that there isn’t a distinct in the ingredients difference that will affect your ability to manage your condition. If in doubt, ask your doctor.

Go to the Source. If you’re low income or your premium doesn’t cover a drug, contact the manufacturer. Many of them have programs for uninsured, low-income and in-need families and will extend you a discounted or complimentary supply.

Tip: To search by drug name or drug company, check out Rx Assist, a patient-assistance program established with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999.

Bonus Tip: Talk to your Doctor. Listen. A closed mouth does not get fed. If you are prescribed a medicine and you can’t afford it and/or it’s not covered by your insurance, then speak with your doctor about an alternative.

Sometimes we’re forced to rely on prescription medicines. In instances like these, the tips above should help tremendously with saving money. For more healthy living tips and more prescription benefits head over and check out UnitedHealthcare’s “We Dare You” campaign. Check out the info, take the quiz and you could win BIG!

Take one or all of the dares listed below:

1. Take our quiz to learn about prescription benefits

2. Watch our video on how to use your plan’s benefits.

3. Take our new dare and build a puzzle that teaches you about UnitedHealthcare tools

Grand prize for each dare is a $400 gift card with weekly $25 gift cards being given out as well.

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  • rika agustini

    Love these tips.. I agree preventive care is better, easier, cheaper and more fun 🙂

  • I always get a 90 day supply from our mail order pharmacy. It is significantly cheaper than a local pharmacy.

  • I always believe that Prevention is better than cure too and you are right wit revention we could all avoid the high cost of medicines.

  • Look for coupons too. One of my medications was super expensive, I used a coupon copay card and it helped lower my out of pocket cost. Also, some pharmacies will price match if you find a cheaper price too.

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worhey

    These are great tips for saving on prescription drugs because they can really be expensive. I tried saving from coupons, it was a big help.

  • It amazes me how much prescriptions are cost wise! This is great information on saving money

  • cvantassel

    Prescriptions can be so expensive! These are great tips to cut costs and get what you need!

  • Kathy

    Great tips! Prescriptions can become really expensive, so trying to save in any way is always great. I’d hate to have to pay a fortune just to get the meds you need.

  • blm03

    What a great list! Prescriptions can be mighty expensive!!!

  • These are all great ways to save on prescriptions!! I don’t actually have any that I have to pay for yet but when I do I will definitely remember these!!

  • OurFamilyWorld

    These are very helpful tips. I always try to get samples from our doctors. I also look for coupons.

  • WhispersInspire

    I am very lucky to live in Canada and have decent insurance. But, these are great ways to save!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Our family doctor always provides samples. He understands that the cost of medicine is not cheap that is why he has been taking care of our family’s health for years. Prevention is also better than cure.

  • Chrystal M.

    My Dr is pretty good about using samples or just writing a script for a small amount to make sure my body can handle it. That way nothing is wasted. Great tips!

  • MamaMommyMom

    I always try to get samples from my dr when I can, especially if it’s a medication I’ve never taken. It really stinks to pay $$ to fill and RX and have your body not tolerate it.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Great tips!! I can’t believe how expensive it is to take pills that you NEED to stay functioning!! Crazy world!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Thanks for the tips. I’ll definitely be checking out the dares, too.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    These are definitely some great tips! It’s insane how expensive filling a prescription can be!

  • michele d

    These are great suggestions on saving money for prescription medication. I don’t take any at the moment but I know others who do.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great ways to save money on prescription drugs. I always ask the doctor for samples to save money. Thanks for sharing the ways to save.

  • rika agustini

    Great tips.Prescription drugs are expensive. I have insurance but still have to pay a $10 copay

  • MJ

    Prescription drugs are so expensive and it is sad. Love your tips. As a family we fill prescriptions often. A local grocery chain here gives free antibiotics which helps ton.

  • BohemianBabushka

    Had never thought about contacting the manufacturer directly, great tip. Gonna go check out the dares… Babushka not being one to shy away from new adventures. Gracias for the giveaway too.

  • Prevention is better than cure always. It’s also good to check on similar options but are cheaper.

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Sounds great. We don’t generally get many prescriptions I am the only one in the family that has an ongoing on for migraines and its funny the same pharmacy, at a different location is about $10 cheaper than I was paying before moving across town.

  • This all sounds like good information. Where I live the basics are covered, so you don’t need to worry about this too much.

  • Kristen Dann

    My son has quite a few diagnoses and most of them require medications. Some of them are an upwards of $300 per month so these tips will definitely come in handy. Thanks!

  • Taty Pradilla

    prescriptions are such a huge cost of helathcare these days. I didn’t know you could ask for sample!

  • These are great tips, it is crazy how much I hear of people paying for prescriptions.

  • It is crazy how much prescriptions are! One of ours is $60 dollars for 30 days worth for my son.

  • I love these ideas. Prescriptions can be so expensive now, these tips could really help a lot of people! I really like the “samples” idea!

  • Pam W

    One of my prescriptions is so expensive I didn’t think I would be able to get it. Luckily, the manufacturer offers a rebate program for it.

    • Yes, you’re winning honey. There are so many options out there. Glad you’re getting your meds.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    Thanks so much! I am always on the lookout for ways to save money. And I have so many prescriptions!

  • I am so grateful that I have excellent health insurance. As a cancer survivor, I cannot imagine what it would be like if I didn’t. I used to oversee CME (continuing medication education) for ten years and what you wrote is very true – samples! Doctors are given free samples like they’re candy and they are truly within their right and capable of providing these to patients. Good for you for making people aware!

    • Congrats on kicking cancer in the @zz. Yes, samples are my favorite.

  • Alli Smith

    Thankfully, I don’t have to take any prescription drugs on a regular basis. These tips are all great ways to save money, especially for people that need several prescriptions each month.

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