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.
Nuestro Panel del Expertos
Tod Cooperman, MD
Director Ejecutivo y Fundador
El Dr. Tod Cooperman es un reconocido investigador, escritor y ponente en temas de atención médica al consumidor.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
Presidente y Cofundador
El Sr. Levitt supervisa todas las operaciones comerciales, el desarrollo y la investigación. Él es un defensor público de la asequibilidad de medicamentos recetados.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director de Verificación de Farmacias e Información
El Dr. Patel brinda conocimiento experto sobre la práctica segura de las farmacias, el aseguramiento de la calidad, la seguridad de los medicamentos y el acceso de los pacientes a medicamentos asequibles.
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.
Medication Savings Tips
How much does an EpiPen cost? Is there a more affordable option?
Enero 16, 2020
Severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylactic shock, can kill. In these cases, EpiPens save these people’s lives. This is precisely why their high cost can be a serious problem.Read More
Where do the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on drug prices? A Healthcare Voter Guide
Enero 14, 2020
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Enero 09, 2020
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How can patients cut costs on Actos (pioglitazone)? Where is the cheapest place to purchase Actos?
Diciembre 17, 2019
Pioglitazone, sold under the brand name Actos, can run you a pretty penny if you are purchasing the brand name.Read More
What does Flomax (tamsulosin) cost without insurance? What is a good alternative to Flomax?
Diciembre 11, 2019
Tamsulosin (Flomax), an alpha-1 blocker used to treat an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH), is not one of the nation’s most exorbitantly expensive drugs, but it isn’t exactly cheap. This is especially the case if you find yourself uninsured.Read More
Can I use drug discount coupons if I have Medicare Part D?
Diciembre 02, 2019
A less well-known, but still painful, limitation of Medicare Part D is that plan enrollees cannot access many discounts provided by pharmacy discount coupons.Read More
Why isn't my prescription drug on my health insurance plan's drug formulary?
Noviembre 09, 2019
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Is there a generic available for Apoquel (oclacitinib)? How can vets save money on Apoquel?
Noviembre 04, 2019
Apoquel (oclacitinib) is prescribed for the treatment and control of itching (canine pruritus) and inflammation in dogs that can come about for a number of reasons. Just like us, your dog may at some point develop certain allergies.Read More
How can men get lower cost legitimate Cialis (tadalafil)?
Octubre 28, 2019
Tadalafil (generic Cialis) is covered by most health insurance plans. But if it’s not covered by yours or you’re uninsured, a quick look at the tadalafil price comparison chart below will certainly bring some relief.Read More
How can I save money on Metformin? I don't have great insurance.
Octubre 11, 2019
Metformin, an oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, is, all things considered, a relatively inexpensive drug. But for people with type 2 diabetes, metformin is a life-saving drug.Read More
Why are there so few generic HIV drugs? How am I supposed to cut costs?
Octubre 07, 2019
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I'm in the Medicare donut hole. What now?
Septiembre 23, 2019
Mind the gap! Medicare, our nation’s public health insurance available to all Americans 65 and older, and others with disabilities, has a nasty, frustrating flaw: the Medicare donut hole.Read More
I’m turning 26. What can I do about health insurance?
Septiembre 20, 2019
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was implemented in 2010, young Americans have been able to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.Read More
I can’t afford Albuterol. How can I get it cheaper?
Septiembre 18, 2019
Albuterol can become expensive if you do not have insurance. In some cases, depending on your pharmacy benefit plan, Albuterol can cost a lot even if you do have health insurance.Read More
Eliquis (apixaban): Made in America; Cheaper Abroad
Septiembre 03, 2019
Eliquis made in the U.S. is sold outside the U.S. for 87% cheaper. And you can easily order it. Eliquis (apixaban) is made in America. At least some of it is. I’ll explain more below.Read More
Generic Lyrica (pregabalin) has been approved by the FDA. Are there savings to show for it?
Agosto 30, 2019
The rumors are true! On July 19th, the FDA approved several Lyrica (pregabalin) generics for distribution.Read More
Whom do patient assistance programs really help?
Agosto 23, 2019
When the price of drugs looks intimidating, physicians will often point their patients toward what are called “patient assistance programs” (PAPs). These programs alleviate the pain of high-cost prescription drugs. In theory, these programs are good.Read More
How can patients cut costs on Levothyroxine? Is the brand name Synthroid actually cheaper abroad?
Agosto 07, 2019
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How can I save money on Xifaxan (rifaximin)? Is the generic available?
Julio 30, 2019
The average U.S. retail price is $2,686.95 for 60 Xifaxan 550mg tablets in the U.S. To make matters worse in your hunt for affordable alternatives, the generic isn’t available at local pharmacies, so cost relief won’t exactly be around the corner domestically.Read More
How can I save money on Levitra (vardenafil)? Is the generic available?
Julio 23, 2019
Levitra (vardenafil) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, the cost for this brand name drug only continues to rise. As of July 2019, Levitra 20 mg has an average retail price of $633 for ten tablets in the U.S.Read More
How can patients reduce prescription drug costs at the pharmacy counter?
Julio 18, 2019
Patients pay far more for medication in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that prices on patented brand-name drugs were 3.2 to 4.1 times higher than in other countries.Read More
Drugs prices are going to be listed in TV ads. How will that work exactly?
Julio 01, 2019
The U.S. is one of two countries (the other being New Zealand) that permit pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers (DTC advertising). If you’ve ever watched TV (and I know you have), you’ve seen such advertisements.Read More
How can I save money on Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol)? I don't have great insurance.
Junio 27, 2019
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What's the deal with Eli Lilly's half price insulin lispro?
Junio 11, 2019
In March 2019, Eli Lilly (“Lilly”) announced that a lower-priced version of Humalog, called insulin lispro, would be coming soon to patients in the United States. Well, it’s here! Apparently. Now what?Read More
What if the doctor prescribes a medication I need to start that same day?
Mayo 03, 2019
If your doctor prescribes a medication you have to start immediately, you'll need to use a local pharmacy.Read More
How can patients cut costs on organ transplant immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) medications?
Abril 29, 2019
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How do I save money on a 90-day supply of Xarelto? I don't have insurance.
Abril 09, 2019
In the United States, the current average retail price of a three-month supply of Xarelto 20 mg is around $1,600. Even with discounts and coupons available online, the price may still be out of reach for many, especially those patients without insurance.Read More
How can I save money on Symbicort? I don’t have great insurance.
Abril 03, 2019
The average retail price of a 90-day supply of Symbicort 160 mcg/ 4.5mcg is $415 in the United States. When it comes to a necessary medication, that’s not exactly a deal.Read More
How can I save money on my hepatitis C medications?
Marzo 22, 2019
If you need hepatitis C medication, you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter. New hepatitis C medicines, such as Sovaldi, Harvoni, and Epclusa, are incredibly expensive.Read More
My insurance no longer covers Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium). How do I save money on Nexium?
Marzo 19, 2019
Nexium (40 mg) is no longer covered by my insurance, and neither are generics (esomeprazole magnesium). Are there less expensive ways of getting these drugs?Read More
How can I save money on Domperidone?
Marzo 14, 2019
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I want to find low prices for brand-name and generic Vesicare (solifenacin).
Febrero 28, 2019
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How can I cut costs on Lyrica? Is there a generic version?
Febrero 28, 2019
If you have been prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) for the treatment of neuropathic pain, you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter.Read More
How can patients deal with drug price increases?
Febrero 22, 2019
Drug price increases are a common and unfortunate reality for American consumers. Whether it’s dealing with a higher copay or an out-of-pocket list price jump, people are suffering at pharmacy counters across the country.Read More
How can I save money on Naftin (naftifine hydrochloride) gel or cream?
Febrero 20, 2019
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Is a lower-priced, generic Zetia (ezetimibe) available online?
Febrero 20, 2019
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Why are drug prices so different at different pharmacies?
Febrero 12, 2019
Have you ever been outraged by drug prices at your local pharmacy, such as a Walgreens or CVS? Then, you walk across the street to another pharmacy and find that same drug at a much lower price? What a relief! But, also, what an outrage!Read More
How can I avoid a delayed prescription at my local pharmacy?
Enero 16, 2019
Despite many scripts now being issued electronically, many Americans are faced with prescriptions not being ready at our local pharmacies when we want them to be. There are several ways healthcare providers can send your prescription to your local pharmacy.Read More
How can I save money on Prilosec (omeprazole)?
Enero 08, 2019
If you are in search for Prilosec, prescription or over-the-counter, to treat ulcers in your stomach or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter.Read More
How can I save money on Humira if there's no generic available?
Diciembre 28, 2018
Humira is a brand-name medication without a generic currently available in the U.S. Since there is no generic competition, the manufacturer, AbbVie, is able to charge the highest price they believe American consumers will pay.Read More
Is there a Chantix generic? How can I save money on Chantix?
Diciembre 11, 2018
Chantix is a brand-name medication without a generic currently available in the U.S. Since there is no generic competition, the manufacturer, Pfizer, is able to charge the highest price they believe American consumers will pay.Read More
I don't have health insurance to cover my prescriptions. How can I afford my medication?
Diciembre 03, 2018
If you don’t have health insurance in the United States—and even if you do—you may be faced with surprisingly high medical and prescription drug costs. Many people are struggling with budgeting their lives around the rising prices of their prescription medications. One out of five uninsured adults in 2016 went without needed medical care due to cost. Forty-five million Americans did not fill prescriptions in 2016 because of expensive medication price tags, meaning that even insured Americans are skipping or rationing their drugs.Read More
How can I save money on Truvada?
Noviembre 25, 2018
If you were prescribed Truvada to treat your HIV and are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication....Read More
Why are Dexilant prices so high? How can I save money on Dexilant?
Noviembre 01, 2018
If you were prescribed Dexilant and are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication.Read More
Why are drug prices high in the U.S.?
Octubre 25, 2018
Drug prices are too high in the United States. Eighty percent of Americans surveyed believe that drug prices are unreasonable.Read More
Why are brand-name drugs so expensive?
Octubre 16, 2018
Brand-name drugs are often incredibly expensive, and especially so in the United States. When we write "incredibly" expensive, we mean it. Some brand-name medications that treat cancer cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.Read More
Is medicine in Canada cheaper?
Octubre 11, 2018
Since 2003, drug price comparisons between the U.S. and Canada have shown that the potential savings in Canada just continue to grow. Why? The government in Canada keeps prices more affordable and prices for medications have increased much faster in the U.S.Read More
How can Americans save money on Eliquis?
Septiembre 27, 2018
If you were prescribed Eliquis, are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication. We've identified some ways you can save money on your Eliquis prescription.Read More
How can patients save money on Estrace (estradiol) cream?
Septiembre 05, 2018
Currently, one 42.5 g tube of 0.01 % Estrace can cost you around $429 at your local U.S pharmacy. The generic version, estradiol, is about half that and may be the cheapest option.Read More
How can I get help paying for medication in California?
Agosto 27, 2018
Many Californians are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We’re here to help! We’ve investigated and found a few options.Read More
How can I get help paying for medication in Florida?
Agosto 22, 2018
Floridians can compare prices among local pharmacies using PharmacyChecker.com. Search for your medication on our website. The search box is at the upper righthand corner of this screen. Select your prescribed drug strength and scroll to the bottom of the price page.Read More
How can Americans cut costs on diabetes medication?
Agosto 20, 2018
Commonly used diabetes medications include metformin, glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride, repaglinide, nateglinide, pioglitazone, sitagliptin, Invokana, etc. If there are generics available at your local pharmacy, then the price might be very affordable.Read More
How can I get help paying for medication in Texas?
Agosto 16, 2018
Many people nationwide are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We’ve investigated and found a few options that are helping Texans today. If buying brand name drugs with no generic available locally, Texans can save up to 90% by shopping internationally.Read More
How can patients save money on Nitrostat?
Agosto 09, 2018
Nitrostat can be purchased from verified online pharmacies at a lower cost than at your local U.S. pharmacy. Currently, 100 pills of 0.6 mg Nitrostat can cost you around $65 at a U.S pharmacy, and that's with a coupon.Read More
How can Americans save money on Epogen?
Agosto 07, 2018
If you are eligible, a patient assistance program can help you afford Epogen. Review the information to see if you qualify.Read More
How can Americans save money on Januvia?
Julio 24, 2018
Currently, 30 pills of Januvia 100 mg can cost patients over $540 at local U.S pharmacies.Read More
How can Americans save money on Lipitor?
Julio 04, 2018
Lipitor is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries just as it is in the U.S. You can search verified pharmacies that list Lipitor prices on PharmacyChecker.com.Currently, 90 capsules of 40 mg Lipitor can cost you over $1,300 at your local U.S pharmacy.Read More
How can Americans save money on Lisinopril?
Julio 04, 2018
Lisinopril is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries just as it is in the U.S., and it can be purchased from PharmacyChecker-verified online pharmacies....Read More
What exactly are pharmacy gag rules? How can I get around gag rules?
Junio 18, 2018
It's quite possible that paying cash for your medication instead of using insurance could save you a lot of money. Your pharmacist might know this but, due to gag rules, can't inform you that your copay exceeds your drug's cash price — unless you ask!Read More
How can patients save money on Lumigan?
Junio 05, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of a 2.5 ml of 0.01% Lumigan eyedropper is around $225. Even with discounts and coupons available online, the price may still be out of reach for many, especially those Americans without insurance.Read More
Is there an Elmiron generic available?
Junio 04, 2018
Elmiron is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries and can be purchased from verified online pharmacies.Read More
How can Americans save money on Nasonex?
Mayo 22, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of just one nasal spray of Nasonex 50 mcg is around $315. The generic, mometasone, is around $225.Read More
How can patients save money on Crestor?
Mayo 17, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of a 30-day supply of Crestor 10 mg is $184.48.Read More
How can patients save money on Tamiflu?
Mayo 17, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of ten 75 mg capsules (or one pack) of Tamiflu is around $185. The generic, oseltamivir, is around $100.Read More
How can I save money on the new Shingrix vaccine?
Mayo 07, 2018
The Shingrix vaccine (shingles vaccination) is administered to protect against shingles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses, spaced over 2 to 6 months, of the Shingrix vaccine.Read More
How much does a 90-day supply of Restasis (cyclosporine) cost?
Abril 30, 2018
An expensive medication, there are currently no generic versions of Restasis approved in the United States.Read More
How much can I save on my nebulizer medication?
Abril 19, 2018
If patients would like to explore online pharmacy prices offered on Spiriva Handihaler 18 mcg, they can do so by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com. It can be found for as little as 97% off the cost of Spiriva sold in the United States.Read More
Can I get my IBS medication for a cheaper price?
Abril 16, 2018
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract presented by symptoms including abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements without a specific cause. IBS affects between 12-20% of adults.Read More
Can I get a better price for Potassium Citrate at online pharmacies?
Marzo 25, 2018
A 90-day supply of Potassium citrate 1080 mg can cost you around $504 ($1.87 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy. You can find Potassium citrate 1080 mg for as low as $0.44 per pill by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com.Read More
How much is Entresto through online pharmacies?
Marzo 18, 2018
Currently, a 90-day supply of Entresto 49/51 mg can cost you around $761 ($8.45 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy.Read More
How much is a 90-day supply of Jardiance?
Marzo 05, 2018
Jardiance is used to treat Type 2 diabetes, in addition to reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. In the United States, a 90-day supply of Jardiance 10 mg costs around $1600.Read More
Why are my antidepressants so expensive?
Febrero 05, 2018
In fact, medication affordability is often the driving factor in determining medication therapy.Read More
Which CIPA pharmacy has the lowest price for QVAR inhalers and Ventolin HFA inhalers?
Enero 21, 2018
Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) membership is open to qualifying Canadian pharmacies, ones that sell medication online and work with partner pharmacies in other countries.Read More
Where can I buy Dilantin for a reasonable price?
Diciembre 18, 2017
Dilantin is available in both brand and generic versions. The generic version, Phenytoin, is covered by most insurance plans, but some U.S. pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.Read More
What is the lowest price available for Sentinel Spectrum for dogs?
Diciembre 03, 2017
PharmacyChecker.com compares prices among verified online pharmacies for Sentinel Spectrum.Read More
My insurance won't cover a prescription for Androderm. What are my options?
Noviembre 20, 2017
Testosterone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence. International online pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program do not sell or ship controlled substances to consumers in the U.S.Read More
My insurance is penalizing me for using Zetia. Do I have to go through my insurance?
Septiembre 21, 2017
While it's nice to not have to pay full price for your prescription drugs thanks to help from your insurance, it can be quite the hassle!Read More
Can I send my prescriptions to several different pharmacies?
Agosto 24, 2017
Shopping around and even using several pharmacies to maximize savings can provide financial relief, but there are safety concerns to be aware of!Read More