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Talk to Your Doctor To Save Money On Medications
First, Discuss Costs
The right medication won't help you if you can't afford it. Make sure your doctor knows you want the most cost-effective solution. Even if you have insurance coverage for your medications, you should avoid wasting your insurance benefits unnecessarily so the coverage is there when you need it. Your insurance plan may place limits on total costs. Saving money right from the start can help lower what you pay out-of-pocket long term. Obviously the less insurance you have, or if you have no insurance at all, the more your drug therapy costs affect you. Your doctor is your health care partner, ask them for ideas they have for saving you money on your therapy. Your doctor may be able to provide you free samples or refer you to special programs or drug trials that can lower your overall costs.
Second, Disclose Your Medications
Your doctors need to know about everything you are taking. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to any medicines, foods or beverages. If your list is not current, bring all of your medicines and supplements with you to your doctor in a bag. "Brown bagging" your medicines for your next doctor visit may make it easier to discover opportuities to save or avoid any problems.
Third, Discuss Alternatives to Medications
Ask your doctor if there are reasonable alternatives to the indicated medication. By modifying your diet or activities you may be able to avoid or delay drug therapy. Compare the risks and benefits of taking or not taking a medication and then make an informed decision with the help of your doctor.
Fourth, Select the Best Alternative
Often there may be more than one medication suitable for the condition your doctor is treating. Medications are categorized into therapeutic classes. Most drug reference books provide the name of each drug's therapeutic class and allow you to lookup drugs by their class. Keep in mind however that drugs within the same class can still be markedly different in their appropriateness for your treatment. If the medication prescribed is available in a generic form, the generic will have identical active ingredients and will typically be less expensive. In some instances more than one drug may be appropriate for your treatment and a less expensive drug may be just as effective. Conversely, some drugs may cost more per pill, but may be more effective in treating your condition or avoiding side effects, increasing the value you receive for your increased investment. Once the right medication has been identified, make sure the right dosage is selected. Experts recommend starting with the lowest possible available doses and working up from there as long as you tolerate the medication and the condition has not responded.
Fifth, Obtain A Larger Supply
Each time you have a prescription filled a fee is added to the price you pay for the costs associated with packaging your prescription for you. Some pharmacies may not offer lower prices for larger quantities; however, large orders generally cost less per pill. Federal and/or state regulations may impose varying limits on the amount of medication you may obtain at one time of 90 days or less.
Sixth, Discuss Splitting Pills to Save
Many medications are available in more than one strength per pill, yet each variation may be very similar in price. This means you can obtain a medication that is twice as strong as you need, for less than twice the price, and then cut the pill in half, and save as much as 50% overall on your costs. Not all medications should be split, and splitting pills might not always save you money. Also you should only consider splitting pills if you are comfortable with doing so accurately, and use a pill splitter, which you can obtain at your pharmacy.
Pills Worth Splitting
The following medications are candidates for pill splitting:
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin), panic disorder - 41% savings.
  • Doxazosin (Cardura), hypertension - 46% savings.
  • Citalopram (Celexa), depression - 46%
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor), high cholesterol - 33% savings.
  • Paroxetine (Paxil), depression - 46% savings.
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol), high cholesterol - 23% savings.
  • Nefazodone (Serzone), depression - 49% savings.
  • Sildenafil (Viagra), impotence - 50% savings.
  • Lisinopril (Zestril), congestive heart failure - 38% savings.
  • Sertraline (Zoloft), depression - 46% savings.
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa), schizophrenia; bipolar disorder - 31% savings.
Source: The American Journal of Managed Care
Seventh, Know Your Prescription
Make sure you obtain the exact spelling of the medication being provided. This should include the drug name, strength, and daily dosage rules. To make it easy for you, enter this information into a prescription diary when your doctor prescribes the medication and ask your doctor to verify the entry before you leave their office. When you receive your medication from the pharmacy compare the entry in your journal to the drug information printed on the bottle and have your pharmacist confirm that you received the right medication as well.
Eighth, Discuss Your Instructions
Instructions provided with your medication can be hard to understand. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain exactly how you should take each medicine. If your medication comes with an instruction or precaution you don't think you can follow, then you need to let your doctor know that. Warnings about not driving, taking on an empty stomach, and others are there for a reason. Discuss these warnings and let your doctor help you incorporate your medication into your lifestyle.
Ninth, Know What To Expect
When you are taking a medication you need to know what is normal and what indicates that there is a problem. Ask your doctor what results you should expect, so you can judge if the medication is working for you. You should also understand the possible side effects and what to do if they occur.
Tenth, Follow-up With Your Doctor
The medication you take once you are home is an extension of the care your doctor provides while you are face-to-face. Your doctor needs to know whether your medication is or is not effective. Keep your scheduled appointments and provide your doctor the feedback they need to help you properly manage your care.
Please Read
This information is provided to assist you and your doctor, not to replace your good judgment or their training. We can not guarantee or warranty the safety of any individual medication or combination of medications obtained or not obtained as a result of using this information or your USA Rx Plan Card. The information and resources that are referred to in this site are intended to encourage you to take a greater roll in managing your own health. However, it is still critical that you consult a licensed medical professional for all matters concerning your personal health.