The following is a contributed post from Jenna, a freelance blogger who is mainly focused on business innovation.
There is nothing wrong with trying to save a little bit of money. The problem comes when you are trying too many things to save money on your medication that you need in order to maintain your quality of life and to live as long as you can. Potentially cutting corners on health is never going to be worth saving a little bit of money.
When You Aren’t Sure
If you are not sure if the medication you were given is the correct medication, you will need to do a little research. Some of the looks of the pills out there will vary from one company to the next, which means one pharmacy might give you something that looks completely different than what you are used to seeing. You can’t afford to simply throw them out and ask for a new prescription to be filled. But you certainly do not want to just start taking the medication in an attempt to save money and hope for the best. After all, pharmacists are human and can make mistakes too. This is why you will want to simply take a little bit of time to use an online pill ID service to ensure the medication is correct.
Don’t Order Online
Even though you might have enjoyed traveling to different countries and, you saved a lot of money doing it by finding the best deals, you do not want to buy your medication from other countries. It is not worth the risk to use foreign pharmacies just to save a little bit of money, or even a lot of money if it creates a very real threat to your life.
There is simply no way to double-check to make sure that the medication you are receiving from a different country is going to be of the same standard of the medication you would get from your local pharmacy. The FDA is not going to be able to keep an eye on what is happening in foreign lands with the medication that they are manufacturing.
Splitting Your Medication Doses Can Be Problematical
Another thing some people will do in an attempt to save money on their monthly prescription costs is to cut their pills in pieces. Instead of taking a full pill every time, they will take a partial pill. This is to make their prescription last longer. However, there can be potentially harmful effects of splitting pills into two or more pieces. Not only may you not be getting the accurate dosage in order to keep your medical problem under control, you will find that it would be near impossible to even ensure that each half pill will contain the same dosage of the medication. This means that each dose will be different and that can cause a host of problems for you. As the article concludes, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to split your pills before doing so.
Sure, you might have a lot on your plate and you need to find a way to cut back on the costs of your medication. Instead of taking any risks, you will want to call to schedule an appointment with your doctor. During that appointment, you can talk about how you can get the cost of your medication down. He or she might prescribe a cheaper medication, supply you with some coupons, or even help you get some free samples, which will help cut down on the cost each month. Whatever you do, do not attempt to cut corners with your medication, as it is just not worth the risk.