If you cannot afford the medicines your doctor has prescribed for you, there are programs and services that may be able to help cover the cost of your medicines.

It is important to speak to your doctor about the cost of your medicines, especially if the cost keeps you from taking the medicines as prescribed. Together, you and your doctor can make an affordable plan to keep you healthy. Here are some options you can discuss with your doctor:

  • Taking a generic medicine instead of a brand name is almost always a cheaper option.
  • Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine that is similar but costs less.
  • Some pills that combine two medicines are cheaper than buying two separate medicines.
  • A longer supply, like 90 days, can be cheaper than a shorter, 30-day supply.

The following websites can help you search for and apply to prescription assistance programs. They can also help you find the least expensive medicines in your area. The services on these websites are free.

If you can't pay, there may still be a way!