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Avoid Sticker Shock on Prescription Drugs

Q. I rarely take medicine, but this winter I have had sinusitis and a nasty cough that required several medications. My enlarged prostate gets me up to go to the bathroom a few times a night and I have trouble falling back to sleep.

I am in total shock after a trip to the pharmacy. Here is a list of my medications and the cost. My insurance has a high deductible so this is all out of pocket: Flovent inhaler ($173.52) to ease my cough; Singulair ($126.99) and Nasonex ($102.99) for allergies; Nexium ($180.99) for reflux; Avodart ($124.99) for the prostate and Ambien ($130.99) for insomnia. Total: $840.47.

Is there any way to get these drugs more affordably? Another month like this and I’ll be eating rice and beans.

A. Yikes! Without insurance, prescription drugs can bust a budget. You may want to consider purchasing some of your medicine from a legitimate Canadian online pharmacy. Doing so could save you over $300.

Not all online pharmacies are reliable, however. We are sending you our Guide to Saving Money on Medicine with tips on identifying genuine Canadian online drugstores plus ways to use generic drugs safely and information on accessing free medicine.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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