What If I Can’t Afford My Allergy Medications?

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过敏药物的价格各不相同。很多人都没有w available over the counter and some may not be covered by your insurance. It is important to take your allergy medications as directed, so If you cannot afford the cost of your medications, there are a few options:

Shop around – at pharmacies and online.Compare prices at other pharmacies or check prices atGoodRx,Singlecare,Medical Assistance Tool,Amazon PharmacyandNeedymeds.

Shop store brands.Many pharmacies and other stores have their own store brand of generic medications that may be less expensive.

Use coupons.商店通常提供coupons on their store brand products. Stock up when you see a coupon.

Use store cards: Many stores have their own free cards that can be used for discounts and to earn rewards.

Shop in bulk if you can afford it. Some bulk stores like Costco or Sam’s Club may have their own generic versions of your allergy medications and offer bulk options. This may be especially helpful for people who take allergy medication daily or families with multiple people taking the same medication.

Go generic.Many over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benadryl® (diphenhydramine), Allegra® (fexofenadine), Claritin® (loratadine) and Zyrtec® (cetirizine) are available in generic forms. Generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, are equally as safe and effective, and cost less. Two membership-based online websites offer cost savings for generic medications:

  1. Amazon Prime members can obtain eligible generic medications for one flat fee of $5 per month through itsAmazon Prime RxPassbenefit.
  2. Mark Cuban CostPlus Drug Companyoffers generic medication at cost to members. The company says it cuts out the many middlemen involved in the sale of prescription drugs and instead buys them directly from pharmaceutical companies and sells them almost at cost.

Contact the manufacturerfor patient assistance programs that may offer coupons, discounts or rebates.

Compare total out-of-pocket cost from one prescription allergy medication to another as sometimes prices will vary. Depending on whether or not you have insurance that covers your prescription, switching to another medication may save you money. Just remember: if you do switch allergy medications, be sure to read the package instructions and familiarize yourself with proper dosage and administration of the medication you bring home.

It’s very important to use your medication as prescribed. Be sure to ask your doctor for help if you cannot afford your medications.

Use the list below to contact the manufacturer to find out about its patient assistance program.

Patient Assistance Programs for Allergy Medications

Photo of Singulair pillSingulair®

Manufacturer: Merck

Details: Eligible patients receive their medications at no cost

To learn more contact:https://www.merckhelps.com/SINGULAIR

Phone Number: 1-800-727-5400

Are there other conditions that can look like or complicate allergies

There are other types of conditions that can mimic allergies, but are different than an IgE-mediated allergy. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment can vary depending upon the condition. Here are some of them.

Food-related conditions that can have symptoms similar to food allergies include:

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