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Save Money On Prescription Acne Medications

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Updated June 12, 2013

There are ways to actually save money on prescription acne treatments. Saving money is always a good thing. More than ever, people are actively looking for ways to trim their budget and live more frugally.

And, let's face it, sometimes those prescription acne medications can be expensive, even if you have insurance. If you aren't insured, or you're paying out-of-pocket for your acne medications, you'll want to look for ways to save money on those prescriptions more than ever. No matter your situation, with a little effort you can save a little bit of money with these tips.

Comparison Shop

You're going to be using your acne treatments for a while, so it pays to look around to get the best price. Did you know that the cost of your prescription medication can be different at different pharmacies?

Definitely call around before you fill your prescription. You may be surprised at how much you can save. Over the course of the year, a few dollars saved per month can really add up.

Consider Generic Medications

Another option to consider: a generic medication. The generic versions are usually less expensive and they contain the same active ingredient as their branded counterpart.

Not all medications have a generic equivalent, though. Or your doctor may have a good reason for wanting you to stay with a branded medication rather than the generic. But if you're trying to cut costs, you may want to ask your doctor or pharmacist about generic medications.

Read More: Generic Vs. Name Brand Medications

Ask for Samples

Obviously this isn't a long-term solution, but one that might help in certain situations. If you're wondering how your skin will tolerate a medication, or you're just not sold on a treatment option yet and would like to try it first, ask your dermatologist if he/she has any samples. This way, you get to try it for a short period of time before filling your prescription. It may save you from paying for a medication that will just wind up sitting on the bathroom shelf because you’re unable to use it.

Your doctor won't have samples for every medication for you to try, though. Only branded (or what we often call "name brand") drugs offer samples. So, in some cases, starting off with a sample may lead to you spending more money in the long run if you stick with a more expensive branded medication. But, depending on your insurance plan, you may end up paying the same amount for the branded medication as you would for a generic. Make sure you check it out before making your choice.

Look for Rebates and Coupons

It's becoming more common for pharmaceutical companies to offer coupons or rebates for their drugs. It helps generate more interest in their medications and can help you save some money on your treatments.

Every deal is different, so pay attention to the fine print. Some will give you money off when you purchase. Others you have to pay out of pocket and are reimbursed later, while still others will give you a free trial of the medication (a "try-before-you-buy" type deal). Often you'll have to submit your info, like name, address, etc. to the pharmaceutical companies first.

You can ask your doctor or pharmacist if they have any coupons for your medication. You can also go online to the drug's website to see what offers they have listed there.

Again, coupons and rebates are only offered for branded drugs, so do the math to see if you'll come out ahead in the long term.

Read More: Use Prescription Drug Coupons to Save Money

Use Your Medications As Directed

It's the most important thing you can do, not only to get your skin clear but to also save yourself a ton of money. You won't save much up front, but consider it an investment in your future acne treatment budget.

Think about it. Your dermatologist gives you a prescription for a medication. You use it sporadically, forget about it, and later find a half-used tube two months past its expiration date.

Maybe you start off really great, and use your medication consistently for a while. But then you run out and don't pick up your refill. Several months later you're back at your dermatologist's office, getting a prescription for yet another medication, back to square one.

In both of these situations, the spent on the prescription medications isn't being put to good use. It's like money down the drain. Long term, you'll end up spending way more money than you need to. And, maybe even worse, you're unwittingly sabotaging your attempt at clearing your skin.

So use all your medications as directed, refill your prescriptions, don't stop using your medications until your doctor tells you too. If you're having side effects to the point that you feel you just can't continue using your treatments, let your doctor know.

With a bit of consideration and planning, you can save yourself a fair amount of money on your prescription acne medications. And you'll get your skin looking better too!

Read More: How To Save Money On Your Prescription Drug Purchases

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