What If I Can’t Afford My Allergy Medications?
Shop store brands. Many pharmacies and other stores have their own store brand of generic medications that may be less expensive.
Use coupons. Stores often offer coupons on their store brand products. Stock up when you see a coupon.
Use store cards: Many stores have their own free cards that can be used for discounts and to earn rewards.
Shop in bulk if you can afford it. Some bulk stores like Costco or Sam’s Club may have their own generic versions of your allergy medications and offer bulk options. This may be especially helpful for people who take allergy medication daily or families with multiple people taking the same medication.
Go generic. Many over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benadryl® (diphenhydramine), Allegra® (fexofenadine), Claritin® (loratadine) and Zyrtec® (cetirizine) are available in generic forms. Generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, are equally as safe and effective, and cost less. Two membership-based online websites offer cost savings for generic medications:
- Amazon Prime members can obtain eligible generic medications for one flat fee of $5 per month through its Amazon Prime RxPass benefit.
- Mark Cuban CostPlus Drug Company offers generic medication at cost to members. The company says it cuts out the many middlemen involved in the sale of prescription drugs and instead buys them directly from pharmaceutical companies and sells them almost at cost.
Contact the manufacturer for patient assistance programs that may offer coupons, discounts or rebates.
Compare total out-of-pocket cost from one prescription allergy medication to another as sometimes prices will vary. Depending on whether or not you have insurance that covers your prescription, switching to another medication may save you money. Just remember: if you do switch allergy medications, be sure to read the package instructions and familiarize yourself with proper dosage and administration of the medication you bring home.
It’s very important to use your medication as prescribed. Be sure to ask your doctor for help if you cannot afford your medications.
Use the list below to contact the manufacturer to find out about its patient assistance program.
Patient Assistance Programs for Allergy Medications
Details: Eligible patients receive their medications at no cost
To learn more contact: https://www.merckhelps.com/SINGULAIR
Phone Number: 1-800-727-5400
Are there other conditions that can look like or complicate allergies
There are other types of conditions that can mimic allergies, but are different than an IgE-mediated allergy. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment can vary depending upon the condition. Here are some of them.
Food-related conditions that can have symptoms similar to food allergies include:
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