MACON, Ga. — Some medications can be pricey, which could make you not want to take them or keep buying them.
However, it would be best if you continued you medication and found ways to help lower the cost.
So, here are seven tips if you are looking to save money on your prescription medication.
1. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Dr. Bryan Scott with Scott's Pharmacy in Macon says when you are struggling financially you should communicate that information with them. They won't know how to help you if you do not tell them. They can be a good resource in helping you find cheaper medication or co-pays if need help.
2. Go generic
If your medication is name-brand you could be paying a higher price versus the generic brand. You should ask your doctor if there is a generic brand of your prescription so you can some money.
3. Look at federal providers' websites
If you have Medicare or social security, you may qualify for ExtraHelp. It's a type of service where some of our prescription medications are capped. If you qualify, you will pay no more than $4.15 for generic brand prescriptions and $10.35 for the name-brand prescription.
4. Shop around online.
Places like GoodRX and RxSave have prescription saving cards to help put a dent in the price of your medications. The prescriptions card helps you find your medications for the cheapest price at a pharmacy near you.
5. Buy your medications locally.
Dr. Scott says he is able to customize patients' medications because he is a compounding pharmacy. Unlike corporate pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS, the prices are pretty set for you. Plus, at a local pharmacy, your pharmacist is able to get to know you better.
6. Search on your local non-profit website.
United Way offers a prescription assistance program through SingleCare if you qualify. They can give you a prescription saving card and may have other resources to help you as well.
7. Buy from the manufacturer
Depending on your medication, the direct manufacturer will offer a deal for a monthly supply of your medications. They can also have saving programs depending on the provider.