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!
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