Prescription drug costs are out of control. But you, as a consumer, don't have to just sit back and pay them or, worse, forgo proper medical treatment because you can't afford your skyrocketing monthly drug bill. You can cut your medication costs -- but you have to understand how, when, and where it's safe to "trim." You have to become an informed, empowered patient who knows how to get the most out of every prescription dollar you spend.
In this article, you'll learn what questions to ask your doctor and pharmacist and what steps you should take to make sure you're getting the most benefit from your drug treatment. You'll discover ways to work with the system to maximize any health benefits you have or receive assistance from private or government sources to help you pay for your medicines. Here are the topics we'll cover:
- Working With Your Doctor to Lower Your Prescription Drug PricesThe first person you will want to consult when attempting to lower your prescription drug costs is the person who writes the prescription in the first place -- your doctor. There are many factors for you and your doctor to consider together when reviewing the prescription drugs you take, and we will review them all in this section. From considering alternate treatment options to exploring generic drugs, you and doctor can find an effective but affordable alternative option. We will also show you how a healthy lifestyle can cut down on your prescription drug spending and the six questions you need to ask your doctor about your medication.
- Working With A Pharmacist to Lower Your Prescription Drug PricesEven if you have thoroughly discussed your prescription with your doctor, you should take similar care when talking to your pharmacist. If you've used the same pharmacist, he or she should also have a detailed history of all the prescription drugs you have taken. Not only will this help you avoid harmful interactions, it can also prevent you from paying for redundant prescriptions. Also, more than your doctor, your pharmacist is the one who actually chooses a generic replacement for a name-brand drug. Finally, we will tell you the question you should ask your pharmacist and what to do if your prescription becomes an over-the-counter drug.
- How to Choose a Pharmacy to Get the Cheapest Prescription DrugsWhen you consider where to get your prescriptions filled, remember price isn't all that matters. Sometimes, getting the cheapest price means having less contact with the pharmacist, a health care partner who can play a vital role in ensuring safe, effective, and economical treatment. In this section, we will review all of your pharmacy options and help you select the one that's right for you. Whether you choose a traditional walk-up pharmacy, a mail order or Internet pharmacy, or even a foreign supplier, we will show you the pros and cons of each option.
- A Resource Guide for Paying Less for Prescription DrugsNavigating the waters of prescription drugs and prescription drug pricing can be an intimidating task. Fortunately, there are some agencies that are set up to help the consumer. We will list and explain these agencies in this section. First, we explore how the government can help you pay for your prescriptions and the new Medicaid prescription plan. Next, we will look at the assistance that the AARP and even the manufacturers themselves provide.
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