With the costs of medications ever increasing, every bit of savings counts. According to the Arthritis Foundation there are a few creative things you can do to save some money on your meds:
* Buying the generic label of a drug instead of the brand-name med your doctor prescribes can help you save. Be aware however, not all medications have a generic counterpart.
* Try asking your doctor for free sample bottles of a newly prescribed medication. This will help you determine if a new drug works for you before committing a lot of money on something that might not work.
* Some drugs are available in higher, double dose pills that are safe to split. You may get more for your money if you can purchase medications in this way. Always ask your pharmacist to split the pills for you, making sure you get the appropriate dosage.
* Consider consulting a financial planner or nonprofit credit counselor like the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) at 800/388-2227 or www.debtadvice.org to get help with your budget.
(Source: Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org)