May 12, 2010

Tip of the day

Do you take a prescription on a regular basis?

  • Ask your doctor if the medication is one where the pill can be cut (some meds are time released and some cannot be split).  If so, ask if a higher dosage is available.   If you take 40 mg of a med and an 80 mg dosage is available, you could split the pill in half and get more bang for your buck.
  • Contact Pharmacy Home Delivery to consult with them about options for lowering your prescription costs.
  • Ask your doctor if a less expensive medication or generic is available that works in a similar way as the more expensive medication.  If so, a change could save you hundreds of dollars.
  • Ask for free samples of medications.  It never hurts to ask!
  • Work the system.  Right now Kroger and Target both have coupons that offer customers $20 or $10, respectively, to transfer medications to their pharmacies.  Many specify one per household.
  • If you do not have insurance and meet income eligibility requirements (Pharmacy Home Delivery will be able to advise you on this), you can sign up for CoverRx in TN or a patient assistance program with drug companies. 
  • Ask  your doctor if you need the medication.  Sometimes medications are prescribed indefinitely.  Ask if you can taper down on the medication or discontinue use.  Sometimes follow up tests are advised.  For example, if you get off of a cholesterol medication or diabetes medication, the doctor will want to see what your numbers look like without the prescription’s aid. 

As always, I’m not offering medical, legal, or other advice.  I am a couponer, not a doctor.  Always consult with your health care provider before making any changes or adjustments in your medications.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to add there is a Natural Pharmacy in Lenoir City on HWY 321. It is called The Fresh Pharmacy which provides herbal and nutritional supplements. They also provide a wide range of compounded drugs. They will counsel with all their patients to get them the best medications, herbals, and vitamins for their needs (including financial).
    Here is a link to their website.