Prescription drugs can be very expensive, especially if you don't have insurance.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can reduce the price you pay for the medications your family needs.
Generic vs. Brand
Brand-name drugs are expensive. Generics are generally much cheaper. If you have been prescribed a brand-name drug, ask your doctor if there is a generic available. Generics approved by the FDA have the same dosage, safety, strength, method of use, quality, performance and intended use as the brand-name drug. On GoodRx, we'll show you if there is a generic equivalent for any brand-name drug you look up.
For many drugs, an increase in dosage does not mean a corresponding increase in price. Many Americans ask their doctors for a higher dosage and then simply split their pills in half. For example, if you're supposed to take a 20mg tablet, have your doctor prescribe a 40mg tablet.
Always check with your doctor and pharmacist before splitting your pills though; it's only safe with certain types of tablets.
Mail Order vs. Retail
Mail-order pharmacies are often cheaper than retail pharmacies. This is particularly true if you have insurance — your co-pays may be lower if you order a 90-day supply through your insurance company.
However, you can also save by paying out of pocket and ordering online from sites like HealthWarehouse.com, Express Scripts Pharmacy, or your local pharmacy’s home delivery service
Many pharmacies will negotiate on prices... if you ask. Some pharmacies have price-matching programs, but not all of them advertise it.
These coupons can reduce your cost up to 75% from the walk-in cash price. Most U.S. pharmacies accept these coupons.
Many brand-name drug manufacturers offer coupons (sometimes called co-pay cards) to offset the high cost of their drugs. GoodRx lists virtually all of these. Learn how to search for brand-name drugs on our site.
Pharmacy Discount Programs
Many major pharmacies offer a limited list of discounted generic drugs. In addition, some pharmacies offer additional discounts when you join a free or paid membership program.