Confide in Your Doctor and Ask For ...
Medicines have also come in the 'branded' list, and people have started trusting the big names. But if you want to save some money, it would be wiser if you could just have a word with your doctor and tell him that you lack funds. You can ask him if the same medicine, or the chemical that makes up the medicine, is available in its generic form. In most cases, generic drugs can help you save a big amount of money, because they come at a price that is four to five times lower than medicines available from well-known pharmas. You can ask the doctor to provide at least three to four options for the same medicine, and then opt for the one that is the cheapest. If you speak up, I'm sure the doctor will be more than happy to help.
If you compare the price of 10mg and 20mg of a medicine, you will find that even if the dosage becomes twice in strength, the price does not always double. Keeping this point in mind, you have to ask the doctor if the pill is safe for splitting? Many a time, medicines like capsules, slow-releasing drugs, and coated drugs cannot be split and consumed. If the doctor gives a green signal, ask him to prescribe twice the dosage, and be happy because you would have moved a step closer towards saving a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Your doctor will normally have a stock of medicines that drug companies usually send them as samples. If you talk to the doctor and ask if he/she could help by providing samples that could last a few days, then you can save a little money. But this tip is not meant to be repeated at every visit and made into a habit. If you are really in dire need of medicines and can't afford to purchase them immediately, then you could ask for help. In another scenario, if the doctor has prescribed a new medicine, and you want to be sure if it would suit you or not, then you can ask for a sample. Otherwise, you would end up wasting the entire strip/bottle of medicine if it doesn't agree with you.