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Ask the Right Questions — and Get the Most from Your Medicines

AARP's medication "toolkit" can help

4. Make Good Choices

Exploring your options can save you money and improve your health. It's as simple as 1, 2, 3:

Consider Generic Drugs
Generic drugs have the same medical effect as brand-name drugs, but usually cost less. Ask your doctor about generics.

Compare Different Drugs
There is evidence-based research that helps you compare drugs developed to treat a particular condition; this research also explains what the drugs do and how much they cost.

RegenceRx offers a consumer guide that summarizes and compares evidence about some drugs for many common conditions.

In addition, the AARP Drug Savings Tool, featuring data from Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, can help you find information about the cost and effectiveness of the medications you take.

Find Discounts
Just like shopping for clothes or food, you can research and shop for medication discounts.

  • Consider using a prescription discount card.
  • Fill your prescription online or through mail order.
  • Enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program.
  • Check with your state or local government for pharmacy assistance programs.

5. Manage Your Medicines

It's important to take your medications carefully and correctly. You put your health at risk if you do not follow your medication instructions, fill your prescriptions, or take the required doses. Notify your doctor immediately if:

  • you have any problems or concerns with your medicines
  • you can't stick to your medication plan because of cost, side effects, or other reasons

Remember, tell your doctor the truth about what you are and aren't taking. Together you can make medication adjustments that are best for your health and safety.

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