Saving Money on Meds 9/16/12
Nearly half of all adult Americans take prescription medication regularly. Pharmacist "Can you verify your address for me?" But for common ailments like allergies … … acid reflux … or aches and pains, the best remedy might already be in your medicine cabinet. "Our analysis shows that many over-the-counter medications work just as well or better than prescription drugs for a whole host of ailments." For heartburn, purple Nexium and colorful Prevacid are popular prescriptions. But nonprescription Tums or generic antacids cost a lot less and can relieve occasional heartburn. Consumer Reports says for more serious heartburn, there are over-the-counter options, too. Dr. John Santa "Even if you've been diagnosed with acid reflux or GERD, research shows that over-the-counter Prilosec or Prevacid work just as effectively as pricier prescription drugs." Even better, generic omeprazole, which can save you as much as 192 dollars a month. For allergy sufferers, over-the-counter antihistamine pills like Claritin … Alavert …Zyrtec … and their generics are just as effective as the prescription drugs Astepro, Clarinex, and Xyzal. You could save up to 148 dollars a month. And for joint pain, prescription Celebrex provides relief. But over-the-counter drugs like Advil… Tylenol … Aleve … and their generics may work just as well and could save as much as 265 dollars a month. Whether you're taking an over-the-counter drug or a prescription, talk to your doctor if symptoms continue more than ten days. ."
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