Check the brand: If you're taking a generic drug and the price is still too high, search for information about the brand-name version. Many assistance programs are for brand-name medications only, even if there is a generic alternative available.
Talk to your doctor: Almost all assistance programs require information from your doctor. In fact, some programs are only offered through the doctor's office. They may have other advice on how to cut your prescription costs, or they may be able to recommend other, less expensive medications that would be equally effective.
Check the fine print: Most programs have income or eligibility requirements and aren't available to insured patients or those who have Medicare. However, there are some assistance programs specifically designed to help with Medicare costs or patients who don't have adequate prescription coverage for a particular drug.
Plan ahead: Benefits can range from a single discount to a free month or more. With most discount programs, you'll need to submit a new application periodically, as well.