One of the biggest concerns many of us with Migraine disease have is the cost of our medications. Even those of us with “good” health insurance coverage sometimes find the cost of our medications not only startling, but prohibitive. Even generic medications aren’t as affordable as they once were.
Another issue we face is the huge variation in medication cost from one pharmacy to the next. We may find a pharmacy that has a great price on one prescription only to find that their price on a different prescription is outrageous. Calling around to different pharmacies to compare prices is time-consuming and frustrating. What’s a person to do?
Have you heard of a website and mobile app called GoodRx? If not, I strongly urge you to check it out. My husband and I have been using it, and it has definitely saved us money, time, and frustration. GoodRx has collected prices for every FDA-approved prescription medication at more than 70,000 pharmacies in the United States.
When you go to their website or use their app, you enter the information for your prescription – medication name, dosage, number of doses, etc. GoodRx will then show you a list of pharmacies in your area, along with the prices on the prescription. Sometimes, there’s a coupon you need to use, but it’s right there on their website or on your phone.
Even in our relatively small city, the pharmacists have been familiar with GoodRx and more than willing to work with the coupons. In a couple of cases, my husband showed the pharmacist at his favorite pharmacy that another local pharmacy had a lower price, and the pharmacist met that price.
I should also mention that there have been times when it’s been to our advantage to use GoodRx and pay cash because it was less expensive than using our insurance and paying the co-pay.
There are many medications that patients with Migraine use. I’ve looked up the average price of a few of them, then looked them up on GoodRx to give you some examples:
- sumatriptan (Imitrex) 100 mg, nine tablets: average price $154.99; GoodRx price $12.40
- rizatriptan (Maxalt) 10 mg, nine orally disintegrating tablets: average price $305.99; GoodRx price $21.04
- ondansetron (Zofran) 4 mg, 10 orally disintegrating tablets; average price $57.99; GoodRx price $9.17
- topiramate (Topamax) 100 mg, 60 tablets: average price $251.99; GoodRx price $12.13
- Trokendi XR (new, no generic yet) 100 mg, 30 capsules: average price $759.99; GoodRx price $656.00
Prices are bound to vary from one area to the next, but as you can see, some of the savings are quite significant.
You can use GoodRx from their website, or get the app for IOS or Android. If you register for their email newsletter, you’ll get notifications of new drug approvals as well as helpful articles about medications.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.