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Old 02-20-08, 02:02 AM
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Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

How the heck do I find the cheapest place to fill my prescription? I have never had a prescription before and didn't know how much mine would cost until it was time to pull out my money.
How or where do I go to compare prices of my medication? Say if I wanted to compare Walmart Walgreens or Target or whatever it's not like shopping for argyle socks, Where you go to various stores or look in the ads and compare prices.
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

Phone them up! As long as you know a base you can price shop - just say, "I have a prescription for 100 dilly-dongs (for example ), how much will that cost to fill?" A pharmacist shouldn't give you a hard time. I found that on one prescription alone I could save $20 a month at Costco.
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

I also get mine filled at Costco. It's significantly cheaper than retail pharmacies.
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Old 02-20-08, 01:21 PM
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

Oh...I am pretty paranoid about following medical etiquette and stuff. I really don't want to do anything that would cause anyone to think I was a drug abuser. Since I have never had a prescription I didn't know how to go about it. Thanks guys
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

Call'em up!

I called Costco out of the blue the other day for some random quotes on generic Adderall and generic Dexedrine. Dirt cheap prices and you don't need a membership to the club to use the pharmacy.

I was quoted $34 and change for (90) 10mg Adderall IR tablets and $33 and change for (90) 10mg Dexedrine tablets. That is total, out-of-pocket cost with no insurance.

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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

I thought it was illegal to bet more than 30? well i guess it is costco....man I am craving a gallon container of que bueno. maybe a 137 pack of hot pockets.
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Old 02-22-08, 11:57 AM
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

No, there is no quantity limit per dispensing (within reason I guess). Stimulants are CII and can only be filled one script at a time, no refills but quantity is not a factor.

My insurance plan also allows 90 day scripts to be written and dispensed. Depending on the state laws you should be able to get 90 days worth of CII at a time.

For my plan it makes sense money wise. I can get a 90 day supply of brand name meds, like Vyvanse for $35.00 or a 90 day supply of generic for $10.

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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

My 10mg XR ( 15 pills ) cost me $18.02 at CVS. A dollar less at Target.

What sucks is all these pharmacies that are now doing $4 scripts, and ADD meds are NOT included.
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

There are now so many people without health insurance that pharmacies are used to getting calls about how much prescriptions will cost.

The Costco near me won't quote prices over the phone unless you're a member but will gladly look them up when you walk in and ask. I had the guy behind the counter look up prices for different strengths and number of pills for four different ADHD drugs. He just looked them up on the computer and even gave me pen and paper to write the info down. No problem. Of course, I *was* nice about it, asked if he had the time to do it, and said "please" and "thank you." Never hurts to be polite.

They also require non-members to pay cash only (no checks) but I can live with that because they are BY FAR the cheapest place in town to get pretty much all the prescription drugs I've checked prices on. Which is great if you don't have insurance, like me.
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

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Call'em up!

I called Costco out of the blue the other day for some random quotes on generic Adderall and generic Dexedrine. Dirt cheap prices and you don't need a membership to the club to use the pharmacy.

I was quoted $34 and change for (90) 10mg Adderall IR tablets and $33 and change for (90) 10mg Dexedrine tablets. That is total, out-of-pocket cost with no insurance.

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Ack!! Huh? Ok, I know there is a difference in price between the IR and XR but didn't realize it was that extreme! I pay 126.00 at Costco for 30 days of XR and that is about 20-30 bucks cheaper than all other local pharmacies..

Anyone willing to share costs of XR to compare?
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

paid $148 for 30 XR 10mg $4.93 a pill! I wonder what the guy in the alley charges?
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

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paid $148 for 30 XR 10mg $4.93 a pill! I wonder what the guy in the alley charges?
Yup its true, I go to college and know you can buy 30 mg adderall XR for $2.00-$2.50 a piece. And no I have never bought them this way, I have a Rx. That's less than half the price you would pay anywhere for the XR if you have no insurance, that's why I just switched to IR.
So, if I concluded correctly from this thread, Costco is generally the cheapest? I payed almost $80 for 60 15mg IR's today That's still really expensive.

Oh and how does it work anyway...Would it be cheaper for my doc to prescribe 30 30mg IR and I could break them in half...Would that be half the price? $40 compared to $80? That would help considerably if that was the case.
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

Yes, Costco tends to be one of the cheapest places for meds. Lars and many others have posted in the past about the huge price difference on generic meds when comparing the big stores like CVS and Rite-Aid to places like Costco.

Call your local Costco pharmacy and ask for a price quote. Every time I've called they are more than helpful. Those prices I quoted above were with no insurance factored in.

For Adderall XR there won't be too much of a price difference. It is a brand name med so expect to pay $100-$150 for a 30 day supply. If I had no insurance I would only take the generic. I have better things to do with my money!

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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

but here's my question: I have a script for 60 15mg pills a month (2x a day obviously). It cost me $80 at publix....now if I were to fill a script of 30 30mg pills, would it be half the price, being that it is half the amount of pills??

So if i could get a 30 day supply of 30mg pills and just break em in half it would be the same amount of mg's (as long as my doc would agree to this of course). So is it priced by the number of pills you get? Do you get what I'm trying to say?
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Re: Shopping for Prescriptions (Finding cheapest)

Usually the meds are priced on a quantity basis so in theory, 30 pills should cost less than 60 pills. Unless the higher mg tablets cost that much more but that usually isn't the case.


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