Medication should help you breathe easier, not take your breath away when you pay for it. Insured or not, prescription costs can add up fast. And that’s enough to give a gal a headache.

Saving on prescription medication just got easier.

1. Look for discount plans offered by certain name brand prescriptions. For example, the migraine medicine Relpax offers a prescription discount card that drops the cost to just $10 for a prescription that can normally cost $50 for the co-pay after insurance.

Other name-brand medicines that offer discount coupons:

2. Do some detective work before paying full price. Search the web for your medication to hunt for deals. This site offers coupons and vouchers for GlaxoSmithKline medications.

3. Watch for scams. If you sign up for deals or discount programs, be sure to stick with the manufacturer’s site.

4. Take a survey. Some companies offer discounts for participation in a brief survey, including this site for Pfizer medication.

5. Get creative. Ask if there are generic versions of the medicine available and if the prescription will cover generics. Try new medications before buying: Ask your doctor if a sample is available.

6. Pursue programs for the uninsured. Some drug companies offer free or discounted prescription programs for people without insurance. For example, this site has a savings program for AstraZeneca medicines (such as Nexium, Pulmicort, and Zomig).

A little detective work can pay off big, and in the long run, that adds up to better health both financially and physically.

This is a guest post by Alice from Washington, DC
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6 thoughts on “Healthy Savings: 6 Tips to Save Big on Prescriptions”

  1. Leah Adams says:

    Publix offers some prescriptions FREE! I know Lisinopril is one of them…I cant remember the others. What a good deal :)

  2. Taylor says:

    A little FYI, sure transferring Rx for a gift card can be great, but in Utah a controlled substance can only be transferred ONCE. So make sure that’s where you want it to STAY. Also if you don’t stick to one pharmacy, the pharmacist can’t check for drug interactions.You are potentially putting your health as risk. Often people forget where they last transferred the prescription and end up calling every pharmacy to see where it is.

  3. zara says:

    So how does the transferring of Rx work? You keep on transferring from one pharmacy to another for the gift cards? Isn’t that inconvenient and a hassle? And how long can you keep on doing that?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Alice. Also, ask your doctor for a 90 day prescription and use mail order. I take a daily thyroid pill and for three months it only costs $2.91 total.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Alice – great info! Also, if you have an ongoing prescription that you get refilled each month or so, consider transferring it to a different pharmacy when offers come out for gift cards and it is time for the prescription to be refilled. Safeway, KMart, Walgreens all offer $25 gift cards on a regular basis for a transferred prescription.

    • Lisa12 says:

      Kroger offers you $25 also. Each different prescription is $25 credit to your Kroger card, and they take competitor pharmacy coupons too!