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Prescription medication can burn a serious hole in your wallet.

Rising healthcare costs mean that many of us are scrambling to get the money for prescriptions we need to be healthy.

It’s a depressing reality. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to shave a few dollars off the price tag.

Wellness reporter Ruben Castaneda of  the U.S. News & World Report returns to Just Ask David to offer insider advice on little-known ways to save money on your prescription medications.

  • “Ask your doctor about possible alternatives”

Sometimes, there is more than one medication that may work for us.

Generic medications, natural remedies, even trying a different brand name are all fantastic ways you can spare your bank account from pricey prescriptions.

Ruben suggests asking your pharmacist or healthcare provider follow-up questions before picking a new medication.

“Ask for other, less expensive options,” he advises. “What will this medication do for me? What are potential side effects?”

  • “Make an appointment with your pharmacist”
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Many of us don’t realize it, but pharmacists are more than just the people who fulfill our prescription orders.

They’re often knowledgeable about the different kinds of medicines available on the market and what they’re used for.

“Have him or her review your complete medication list,” Ruben adds. “They can often find ways that you can save money.”

  • “Shop around for the best price”

 

Don’t feel like you’re obligated to fill your prescription at one of the big pharmacy chains, like those in Walmart or CVS.

There are other places you can go to shop for your medical essentials. And plenty of them offer competitive prices.

Besides your obvious pharmacies, Ruben also recommends checking prices at local independent drug stores and big box store pharmacies.

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Want to hear even more of what Ruben Castaneda has to say? Check out his article, 7 Ways Pain is Sometimes Misdiagnosed on U.S. News & World Report and follow him on Twitter @rcastanedaUSN!

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