Healthy Times

Save on Your Medications


It's more important than ever to find ways to save money. One way is to find lower cost medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC). And it's easier than you think.

First, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to write you a prescription for a generic medication, if one is available. Generics can save you up to 80 percent compared to brand names.

Another way to save is to shop around for better options. Try looking into the pharmacies in your area. Believe it or not, pharmacies vary in what they charge. They may even match the lowest price from another pharmacy.

Shopping for generics at the larger retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Target, or Costco may also save you money. You may be surprised that even your local grocery store's pharmacy offers generics at a low cost.

Consider using the Express Scripts® mail service pharmacy for medications you take on a regular basis. You will pay less for most prescriptions if you purchase them through the mail service pharmacy. Also, some generic medications are available at a price of just $9 for a 90-day supply.

And when buying OTC medications, consider the store brand. They're less expensive than their name brand counterparts and are equally safe and effective.

You can also save on OTC medications when you buy online. Not only do the prices make this option attractive, but it's also easy, convenient, and confidential.