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Alternatives To A Prescribed Drug


Alternatives to a prescribed drug may accomplish the same purpose, while saving money.

Alternatives to consider are:

  • Less expensive drugs which will accomplish the same thing, which can be:
    • A different medication which delivers the same benefit or
    • The same medication, but in a different form. For example, Proscar contains 5 mg of finasteride compared to only 1 mg in Propecia. By using a pill cutter, (available in local pharmacies), you have Propecia by buying Proscar, and getting the medication you need at a fraction of the price.
  • Generic versions - the same drug, but without the brand. (For more information, see Generic Drugs.)
  • Older versions. (For more information, see Older Versions.)
  • Over-the-counter drugs. (For more information, see Over-The Counter Drugs.)
  • Different therapies that may do the same thing as a drug. 

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