If Your Prescription Contains Generics

Are you worried whenever you think about having a prescription filled? There are methods for lowering the price of your monthly prescriptions and for actually eliminating some drugs. Occasionally it is a simple matter, while in other instances, it might require more dedication from you.

The Why: It is typical for pharmacists to hear complaints from customers about the expense of medicines. There are a number of methods of lowering the expense of prescription drugs, however initially examine the WHY.

* As you visit the physician’s office, you need to be ready. Consider what questions you want answered and jot them down. Take the questions along with you and be certain that you don’t become side-tracked.

* The fancy package and glossy bag containing samples ought to inspire inquiries:

- What is this medication being prescribed for?
- Could an alteration of my lifestyle conquer the issue? If you are carrying excess weight, could you avoid the need for the medication if you slimmed down? Would regular physical activity help?
- Is generic form of the medication on the market that would have the same effect?

* Ask the doctor whether the new drug will interact with what you’re currently using (carry the names with you, of course).

* If you are sure the new medication is needed and you can’t get samples of it, ask for a month’s prescription. This ought to be enough time to ascertain whether there are any ADRs (Adverse Drug Reactions), as well as whether the medication is having any effect.

The Buy: For many people, convenience is the criteria they use for choosing a pharmacy. Don’t allow that to be the only factor. Locate a pharmacy that you trust and feel at ease with; don’t be hesitant to make inquires – it’s your wellness that is at stake.

* Ask the pharmacist or technician if they have a regular staff or do they use substitute pharmacists.

* Ask how they determine any interactions with drugs, foods, and over the counter medicines

* Ask if they are usually busy, or do they usually work at a comfortable pace

* Ask how they can help you lower your medication costs:

- When you bring them a brand new prescription, are they going to automatically give you the generic drug?
- If there is no available generic medication, will they contact your doctor to recommend a cheaper medication?
- Will they notify you when a generic drug comes on the market?
- Will they price out what a three month supply will cost compared to a one month supply so you can decide how to order your medication cost-effectively?
- Will they call your doctor if you have an expired refill prescription?
- Will they try to rectify any problems you may have with your insurance carrier, and if they cannot rectify it, will they let your doctor know?
- If they change to a new manufacturer, will they inform you?

Ideally you should phone in or drop off your prescription a minimum of one day ahead of time.

This achieves a number of things:

- If the pharmacy doesn’t have it or is short of it, it gives them a chance to order the drug.
- If your insurer has a problem, they have a chance to settle it.
- If they need to contact your physician, it gives them a chance to do so.

Let’s think about your own personal responsibility. You have just one body and it is your job to take care of it so that it works properly. If you are carrying a lot of extra weight, you should ask for assistance. If you are experiencing depression, don’t mask it – discuss it with your physician. Don’t let a minor issue turn into a major one; a physician, pharmacist, or other medical expert would prefer that you contact them over a seemingly minor issue rather than waiting until it requires major, expensive treatment.

Your pharmacist is a great source of information; use that to your benefit. Choose one pharmacy and become a regular there, so you and the staff get to know each other. They will be more concerned with your wellness if they feel that you are serious about it yourself.

Don’t be afraid to seek advice and information by asking questions and reading the written materials. Be aware of the reason you are taking the medication, and what period of time you are supposed to continue taking it.

Ask:

- At what times should I take this?
- Is it okay to take it along with food?
- Is it okay to use it in conjunction with my different medicines?
- Is it possible to split or crush this medicine?
- If you experience no side effects, are you permitted to discontinue the medication without telling the doctor?
- What are the possible side effects that can be anticipated?

Like with the majority of products, the least expensive isn’t necessarily the ideal, nor is the costliest necessarily ideal either. Be aware of both WHYS and BUYS, and you can lower the price of your prescription.

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