Best Places to Find Prescription Drug Coupons
Save on your medications with these tips
There are a lot of products that many people buy every day that they don’t actually need – drive-through coffee orders, books that are freely available from the library or an upgraded phone when a current one works perfectly. But everyone has items they can't live without – those typically include food, housing, utilities and health care.
When it comes to health care costs, it can be daunting to fork over hundreds of dollars every time you have to fill a prescription. Luckily, you can find cheap medications by using prescription coupons, money-saving websites and other strategies – you just need to know where to look.
1. Your Doctor
You know how the commercials for prescriptions always say, “Ask your doctor about XYZ medication…?” What you should think about instead is how you should ask your doctor about coupons for XYZ medication. When physicians prescribe new medicines for you, it’s possible that they also happen to have samples or coupons for those drugs, or even access to frequent-buyer programs (such as punch card type systems). Most doctors don’t withhold these items on purpose, they just sometimes forget that they have them in a cabinet somewhere.
Therefore, always ask your doctor if they have – or know of – any samples, discount programs or coupons that could help you save on the drugs. In addition, you can ask the physician whether a generic alternative exists to the brand-name, and ask whether that lower-priced medication would suit your condition.
If not, your next step is to visit the website of the medication manufacturer. These companies very often offer discount programs that you can join or coupons that you can print out before visiting the pharmacy to pick up your prescription.
To find cheap prescriptions using GoodRx, you should either download the app for Android or iOS or you can visit the company’s website. You’ll enter the name of the medication you’ve been prescribed, and the app/website will allow you to see a list of pharmacies that offer the best prices on the drugs. In addition, you’ll find out whether there are any coupons available for that medication, and if so, how to use them.
For instance, using Crestor (rosuvastatin), a commonly-prescribed cholesterol medication, as an example allows you to see a listing of stores and prices for the medication, starting at $10.80. The site also shows you how much you’ll save at that pharmacy as compared to the average retail price, which is $170.75.
The site has a wide variety of medications listed on it, including even over-the-counter options like Nyquil and Zyrtec. It’s extremely user-friendly and offers a very quick look at the prices you’ll find from various stores so you’ll get a good idea of how much you should be prepared to spend.
3. RetailMeNot Rx Saver
You’re likely aware of RetailMeNot as a source forf saving money on clothes, shoes and sporting goods, but you may not be aware that the company also offers an Rx Saver. You’ll visit the site, enter the drug name and your zip code, and the site will help you find the closest pharmacies where you can save cash on your medications.
When I entered Crestor, for instance, the site let me see the lowest prices near me for the generic version of the medication (and told me I could find it at a nearby Kroger), as well as for the brand-name edition, which was available at my local Walmart pharmacy.
In addition to listing where you can find the best prices, Rx Saver also allows you to hunt for relevant coupons that you can apply to your prescription purchases. The one thing you can’t find on the site, however, is a listing of prices for over-the-counter medications. The site is exclusively for prescription drugs.
It’s very easy to use, and you’ll find the prices quickly so you can pick up your prescriptions and know exactly how much you'll be spending.
4. Help Rx
When you visit Help Rx, you’ll find the process a little bit different than the ones above. Once you type in your medication name (again, we used Crestor as the example), you will click “Get free coupon” and then a pop-up will ask you to click on your preferred pharmacy.
Upon clicking the store (for instance, Walmart), the site will ask if you want to print the coupon, text it to your phone or email it to you. You’ll then receive a savings card that allows you to get a discount on the medication exclusively at that pharmacy.
The reason I would rank this site below the previous two is because:
A) It requested my email address before letting me see the coupon – the other sites didn’t make me enter any personal details before showing me how to save, and
B) It never told me what I would pay for Crestor at any of the participating pharmacies – it simply showed me a savings card to help save money. I had no way of knowing what my final price would be, which makes it hard to compare prices.