Tips To Save Money On Prescription Medication

Tips To Save Money On Prescription Medication

With my children’s ongoing health problems, some days my kitchen counter looks like a pharmacy. And I know first hand, that prescription medication is not cheap! In fact, medicine is downright expensive. Here’s a few tips that I’ve used over the years, and continue to use, to save money on prescription medicine.

Free Samples

Many doctors’ offices receive samples of prescription medication from drug reps, so I always ask the nurse if they have samples available. This is great way to try a new medication to see if it works without investing money into something that may not work.


Generic versions of prescription medications are much less expensive than name brand versions, and in most cases generic medicines work just as well as their name-brand counterpart. The only medication that I’ve insisted on being name-brand was for Mallory’s epilepsy, as the generic version did not work for her.

Ask your pharmacy if they have a list of “$4 prescriptions” (most do, including Walmart and Target). If you are taking one of the drugs listed as $4, and they are charging you more because they ran it through your insurance, ask them not to run that script through your insurance and give you the “cash price”.

Manufacturer Offers

Google the brand name of the medication you were prescribed or simply type in the name of your medicine with “.com” at the end in your browser.   Some pharmaceutical companies offer savings cards and/or patient assistance programs.

Savings cards usually allow you to get your medication for a reduced cost (or even free) and can be used with some insurances. For instance, Macy was prescribed Xifaxan for irritable bowel syndrome that cost over $1200. Even after insurance, we were still to pay $200. So I went to and found an “Instant Savings Card” to download that allowed us to get the medication for $0 – yes, it was free!

Patient Assistance Programs are for those that cannot afford their medications but do not qualify for government assistance. You usually need to download some forms, fill them out and give to the prescribing doctor to fill out a portion along with your proof of income. The medicine will then likely be delivered directly to your doctor’s office to dispense to you.


I have recently discovered that allows you to search prescription drug prices at more than 62,000 participating pharmacies. That way you can compare which pharmacy in your area has the best price on the medications that you need to save yourself up to 75%. SearchRx is free to use and no signup is required to use it. Download SearchRx via iTunes and/or Google Play.

How do you save money on prescription medications?

Tips To Save Money On Prescription Medication

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