PharmacyChecker experts answer consumer questions related to affording lower-cost, prescription medications.
We help people afford the medication they need by verifying online pharmacies and comparing their prices. Drug prices are out of control. Americans face the highest medication prices in the world. That's why millions of Americans choose to buy medication from other countries.
Our Panel of Experts
Tod Cooperman, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Levitt oversees all business operations, development and research. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Dr. Patel provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication.
The information provided on Ask PharmacyChecker is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it an endorsement of any product or service.
If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
Health & Medicine
What is the best medicine for seizures?
January 20, 2020
Treatments for seizures are based on the cause. Treating the cause of the seizures helps prevent future seizure episodes from occurring. Treatments can include the following: Medication therapy, Nerve stimulation, Surgery for brain abnormalities correction, Ketogenic diet.Read More
Can I test cholesterol levels at home?
January 08, 2020
Hearing the word cholesterol, many of us feel frightened as if it is something we should completely avoid. Well, that would be a mistake – if not impossible! Cholesterol is actually nothing to be afraid of and something we actually need.Read More
Why can't I eat grapefruit while taking certain drugs?
December 26, 2019
It’s early in the morning, your brain has just started to warm up and it’s time for breakfast. For some people, starting each day with a glass of grapefruit juice is preferred! But this also happens to be the time when most take prescribed medications.Read More
Should I get a flu shot this year?
December 23, 2019
A flu shot will not give you the flu. Possible side effects include soreness and redness at the injection site; you could also get a low-grade fever, nausea, and/or aches.Read More
How would Medicare For All affect my health insurance?
December 19, 2019
The upcoming 2020 election has ushered in the greater possibility of “Medicare for All,” an all-encompassing government-run medical plan that all Americans would eventually join.Read More
How does Clomid (clomiphene citrate) compare to other fertility drugs? How much does Clomid cost?
December 13, 2019
Clomiphene citrate, sold as the brand Clomid, is a medication that is used to treat female infertility. Clomid works by signaling low estrogen levels in the body; as a result, the brain increases the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).Read More
What if Viagra doesn't work for me?
December 05, 2019
If you experience sexual dysfunction symptoms, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 31% of men are affected by symptoms of sexual dysfunction.Read More
What should I know about Vosevi (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir)?
December 02, 2019
The combination of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir, otherwise known as Vosevi, is a medication that is used to treat hepatitis C (Hep C or HCV) in adults.Read More
How do I prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes?
November 11, 2019
Over 100 million American adults have either prediabetes or diabetes, but according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, a prediabetes diagnosis does not have to equal a future with type 2.Read More
What is prescription drug step therapy? How does it work?
November 11, 2019
One important cost-controlling policy of insurance plans is step therapy, a process that exists to prevent patients from taking high-cost medications unnecessarily.Read More
What's the difference between a brand name drug and a generic drug?
October 24, 2019
The word “generic” can have bad associations. Some people hear it and immediately think of a “grocery store brand” bag of chips that might be inferior to the brand name product.Read More
How do women treat low sexual desire? Do Vyleesi or Addyi work?
October 21, 2019
Yes, if you are a woman experiencing a decrease in sexual desire, you are certainly not alone. Popular culture leads us to believe that when women aren’t interested in engaging in sex, it’s simply a result of being vindictive or selfish or, yes, boring.Read More
Why won't the pharmacist fill my prescription?
September 30, 2019
Pharmacists have a great deal of responsibility in patient care when dispensing medications within their local community because they are often the most accessible health provider in the neighborhood.Read More
Can a pharmacy fill a prescription early?
September 26, 2019
One hundred percent of the time you don’t pick up your medication, it will not work. According to the CDC, 3.8 billion prescriptions are written annually in the U.S.Read More
How can I travel with prescription drugs internationally?
August 22, 2019
People often pack their over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications while traveling. As they should!Read More
What are the best medications for Alzheimer’s dementia?
August 16, 2019
Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be hard, but with the right information, you can learn what to expect. More importantly, you can learn what to do next. Patients who have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel isolated, disconnected, or abandoned from others.Read More
How can I quit taking benzodiazepines? I'm worried I'm addicted.
August 06, 2019
Practicing as a pharmacist, I saw many people clearly abusing benzodiazepines and frequently in denial of the fact that they may have a problem. Abusers will often blame stress in their life in order to downplay the use of benzodiazepines.Read More
What food and drinks should I avoid if I have hypertension?
July 25, 2019
Almost half of all adults in the United states (103 million) have hypertension according to the American Heart Association. There is no shortage of prescription drugs out there to treat hypertension. You need to abide by your providers advice and prescription on this matter.Read More
How does Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression work?
June 19, 2019
Brexanolone represents a novel approach to the treatment of depression. Traditional antidepressants, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft (sertraline) and Lexapro (escitalopram), typically take 2 - 4 weeks to yield initial results. for people with depression.Read More
Is there a generic Tradjenta available?
March 19, 2019
Unfortunately, there is currently no generic version (i.e. therapeutic equivalent) of Tradjenta available in the United States. In the U.S., generic equivalents can only be approved and distributed once the patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for medication expires.Read More
How can I talk to my doctor about erectile dysfunction meds?
March 04, 2019
If you have been experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), loss of interest in sex, and problems ejaculating, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone.Read More
Is Prasugrel a safe, equal substitute for Effient?
March 04, 2019
Effient, the brand-name product of a prescription medicine containing generic active ingredient prasugrel, is a platelet inhibitor indicated for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events. Effient (prasugrel) is distributed in the U.S. by Eli Lilly and Company.Read More
Which is the best medication for anxiety?
November 12, 2018
At some point in our lives, we may develop feelings of anxiety that usually subside without the need for medication. However, a diagnosed anxiety disorder may call for therapy with a licensed professional and/or medication (i.e. psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy).Read More
What are the different types of insulin? Which work best?
November 01, 2018
When it comes to insulin, and drug therapies in general, people have different needs. That's why there are so many types. For years, insulin has been trusted by physicians to help lower blood sugar in patients.Read More
Can a doctor self-prescribe?
June 21, 2018
It's typically legal for doctors to self-prescribe, except in the case of controlled substances, which you cannot obtain internationally at PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies.Read More
What is the generic alternative for Librax?
May 31, 2018
If you are searching for lower prices for Librax or its generic at your local U.S. pharmacy, be sure to ask your pharmacist if paying cash works in your wallet's favor, because sometimes the cash prices of a medication costs less at the pharmacy counter than your usual co-payment.Read More
Do I really need to adhere to medication expiration dates?
April 24, 2018
Drug Expiration Dates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other drug regulatory authorities, such as Health Canada, require an expiration date on prescription and over-the counter medicines. The expiration date is located on the label or stamped directly onto the bottle or container.Read More
Are Revolade and Promacta the same drug? How much are they?
February 13, 2018
Revolade is a film-coated tablet containing the active ingredient eltrombopag, which helps to increase the number of platelets in the patient's blood.Read More
Do Eliquis and Pradaxa work in the same way?
February 06, 2018
While both Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Eliquis (apixaban) are prescription medications used to lower the chance of stroke in people with a medical condition called atrial fibrillation, your healthcare providers, such as your doctor and pharmacist, are the best people to determine which medication is ri...Read More
Why isn't my medication listed on PharmacyChecker.com?
January 25, 2018
When using PharmacyChecker.com to find international online pharmacies and compare drug prices, it is important to make sure you enter the correct spelling of the medication name.Read More
What is the difference between Proctofoam HC and Proctofoam? Is there a generic available?
December 05, 2017
Both Proctofoam and Proctofoam HC are used to treat variations of swelling or irritation of the skin. Although both products contain the same active ingredient (pramoxine hydrochloride), Proctofoam HC is a combination product that contains pramoxine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone acetate.Read More
Is there any difference between Rasagiline and Rasagiline mesylate?
November 29, 2017
Rasagiline mesylate is the active ingredient in the brand-name product Azilect, a prescription medication used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.Read More
Are Canadian pharmacies out of atenolol as the US pharmacies are?
November 12, 2017
Yes, the recent backorder of atenolol distributed by Teva Pharma has affected Canada in addition to the United States. Drug shortages and back orders by manufacturers can adversely affect drug therapy so it is no wonder consumers are concerned.Read More
How can I determine where a drug is manufactured?
October 15, 2017
Prescription drugs sold in the U.S. are manufactured in facilities located all over the world. Many medications you rely on are made in Australia, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Read More