A Prescription for a Healthier New Year
You see your doctor for your annual wellness visit and you leave with a prescription for medicine to treat high blood pressure. But the medicine is more than you can afford. What do you do?
Have you ever skipped a prescription refill to save money, or forgotten to take a dose of your medicine? You should always follow your doctor’s instructions for taking medicine to avoid health problems. It’s important to get —and take— the medicines you need. If you need help managing the cost of your prescriptions or how many different medicines you take, here are a few solutions to help.
Step 1: Get organized
• Make a list of the medicines you take. Include prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
• Use pill containers to keep track of what medicines you need to take each day. If you use an organizer or calendar, make a note to remind yourself to take your medicines.
• Track side effects from your medications.
Step 2: Talk to your doctor
• Concerned about cost? When you get a prescription, ask if there is a generic or similar, lower-cost drug you can take. Generic medicines usually cost less than brand-name drugs.
• Discuss any side effects you’ve had from your medication.
• Show your medication list to your doctor.
• Take notes and ask questions!
Step 3: Talk to your pharmacist
• Your pharmacist can answer questions you have about your medicines. Your in-network pharmacist can usually call your doctors to coordinate use of generic rather than brand name drugs.
• To save time, you can have up to a 90-day supply of your prescriptions mailed to you at your home. Call 1-800-642-6020 to find out how.
Step 4: Talk to us
• Have a question about your prescription drug coverage? Visit BlueMedicareFL.com or call the number on the back of your Member ID card.
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