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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Healthy Savings: 6 Tips to Save Big on Prescriptions