Sep 17, 2021


Interviewer: Tips for Reducing Your Prescription Drug Costs. Dr. Erin Fox, what are your suggestions to help lower that prescription drug bill?

Dr. Fox: The best thing to do is talk to your pharmacist. See if there's an equivalent medicine that's going to work the same for you but cost a lot less. Often they know exactly when new generics are coming to the market or if another drug has suddenly risen in price and another drug is more cost effective. Your pharmacist can talk with your doctor and make that suggestion and get you on the right track there.

Call around and check prices. Ask your pharmacy if they will match prices or even if they have a $4 drug list. Try Costco. Even if you're not a member, you can use their pharmacy. And if it's a chronic medicine, make sure you're getting that 90-day supply, so that means you're not paying that co-pay every single month.

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And you can help your child by massaging their legs, stretching, using a heating pad, or giving Tylenol or ibuprofen. Don't give aspirin because it can be a link to Reye's syndrome, which can be very serious. Call your doctor if your child's pain is long lasting, there is swelling in one particular joint, or if your child is limping and it's not due to an injury. If it's just growing pains, it'll pass.

updated: September 17, 2021
originally published: April 14, 2017

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