Free & Low-Cost Drugs for Fibromyalgia & CFS

7 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Eddie Hironaka

Health care costs for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can be really high, especially since we're likely to need multiple therapies to find relief from our symptoms. Low-cost drugs can make a big difference, though, and there are a lot of ways to spent less on your prescriptions.

Free or Low-Cost Drugs for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many of the drugs commonly prescribed for these conditions are new and expensive, and not always covered by insurance.

That can mean shelling out hundreds of dollars a month for medications, but you might be able to cut your expenditure dramatically by exploring these ways to get low-cost drugs:

  1. Ask your doctor about generics. If a generic equivalent is available, it could be far less expensive than the brand name. It'll also be more likely to be covered by insurance.
  2. Ask about free samples. When you're trying a drug for the first time, free samples may be enough for you to determine whether the drug will work for you. However, keep in mind that these are only available for brand-name drugs.
  3. Contact the drug company. Manufacturers frequently have programs to help people who can't afford their prescriptions. Information and applications are generally available online.
  4. Contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. It's a group that brings together drug companies, doctors, advocacy groups and communities to help people get the medications they need. You can click the above link or call toll free: 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
  1. Compare pharmacy prices. Not every pharmacy charges the same amount for the same drugs, so it could save you money to call around and ask. Some pharmacies put their prices online, including Walgreens and CVS. You can also use a website called Pharmacy Checker to help you compare prices. Also check with mail-order pharmacies. For generics, several major pharmacies offer hundreds of common drugs for just a few dollars a month, including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and Walgreens.
  1. Check into larger-quantity purchases. Ask pharmacies about 30, 60 and 90-day supplies. Sometimes the larger amounts will cost less per pill. (This usually isn't an option with narcotic/opiate pain killers or other potentially addictive drugs.)
  2. Check into drug-discount cards. You can get drug-discount cards from a lot of places, if you're eligible for them. They can save you a lot of money.

Some methods of saving money on prescription drugs may seem like a good idea, but can be dangerous:

  • DO NOT go through foreign pharmacies. They're a major source of counterfeit drugs, which can have all kinds of adverse effects and have even killed some people.
  • DO NOT buy higher doses with the intent of splitting pills unless the packaging information says it's safe to do so.
  • DO NOT skip doses or take smaller doses of daily medications unless your doctor says it's OK. Also be sure to ask your pharmacist and check packaging information.

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