LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On this Consumer Tuesday, we all know that our medications can be a pricey necessity.
But here are seven ways to save money at the pharmacy from LifeScript.
1. Buy generic prescriptions. This could save up to $400 a month. Generics are supposed to be made the same as big-name drugs but they cost less and are ore likely to be covered by insurance.
2. Ask your doctor for samples. It's a free way to see if medication works before you spend money.
3. Take an older medication. These meds are more likely to have generic equivalents and they've had time to establish a safety track record. Newer drugs aren't necessarily better.
4. Buy a pill splitter and cut pills in half. Drugs often cost the same at different strengths, so you can get the dose you need while saving money.
5. Shop for price. Some chains offer a 30-day supply of certain generic medications for $4, and a 90-day supply for $10. But your regular pharmacy has your drug history and potential interactions available on hand.
6. Use a loyalty card. Store reward cards are free may offer something like a dollar back for every prescription you buy. Plus you can get discounts on other groceries.
7. Buy OTC products when possible. Ask your pharmacist to see if your drug has an equally effective counterpart. They can be a fraction of the cost.