pill-splitting

09 Dec: Splitting pills: Dos and don’ts

We’ve long advocated pill-splitting as a great way to save money on prescription drugs — but the caveat is that it only works with some pills. Pharmacist Richard Harkness offers a list of pills that can be safely split, as well as a list of those to avoid splitting, in Prevention Magazine. Keep in mind that this list is far from comprehensive — and always be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before splitting pills. Do Split atorvastatin (Lipitor) metformin (Glucophage) rosuvastatin (Crestor) citalopram (Celexa) nefazodone (Serzone) sertraline (Zoloft) clonazepam (Klonopin) olanzapine (Zyprexa) sildenafil (Viagra) finasteride (Proscar) paroxetine (Paxil) simvastatin (Zocor) lisinopril (Zestril) pravastatin (Pravachol) tadalafil (Cialis) lovastatin (Mevacor) quinapril (Accupril) vardenafil (Levitra) Don’t Split Tablets that break…

03 Sep: 10 tips for saving money on prescription drugs

eDrugSearch.com will soon be releasing our first e-book, 99 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs. To whet your appetite, here are 10 ways to save, courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (who interviewed Dr. Edward Jardini and Steven Findlay, managing editor of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, for their story): 1. Start with a heart-to-heart with your doctor Tell him or her, honestly, how much you can afford to spend on medication … In the end, you may find you just don’t need some of the drugs you’re taking. 2. Ask about generics. These are usually much, much cheaper than brand-name drugs, says Steven Findlay … The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, he says, is a good example. It costs $95…

05 Aug: Dr. Jardini’s tips for saving money on prescription drugs

Dr. Edward Jardini has written a valuable book called How to Save on Prescription Drugs, which offers consumers recommendations for reducing their drug expenditures. The Consumerist blog summarizes the tips as follows: ELIMINATE NONESSENTIAL PRESCRIPTIONS 1. Eliminate medicines that are no longer needed 2. Eliminate medicines that no longer work 3. Eliminate medicines that have never worked 4. Eliminate medicines that were never needed THINK OUTSIDE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BOTTLE 5. Treat with lifestyle changes 6. Use nondrug treatments 7. Prevent disease naturally STEER CLEAR OF OVERPRICED REDUNDANT DRUGS 8. Don’t “Ask Your Doctor” (for Advertised Drugs) 9. Insist on generic drugs 10. Insist on cheaper medicines with the same class 11. Insist on a cheaper class from the same…