You already know that prescription medications can quickly max out your pharmacy bill. But there is no need to spend hours or even days with headache pain; try these simple budget friendly tips to treat your migraines.
Headache treatments can be very expensive and as painful as migraine itself. The cost of prescription medications like topiramate (Topamax), sumatriptan (Imitrex), and rizatriptan (Maxalt) can quickly add up, depending on your health insurance coverage benefits and co-pays.
This cost of prescription migraine treatments can be a big barrier for many patients, often forcing them to live with intense pain because they cannot afford these drugs or at best some of them try to reduce doses to save some money.
Consider these tips to successfully beat migraine and limit your expenses:
If you’re currently not taking any prescription medication for your migraine, you can go for OTC (over-the-counter) headache treatment options to get some relief. However, if you’re on a prescription medication, don’t make a switch before consulting your doctor.
You have lots of options when it comes to generics. Don’t worry, because generic medications are as effective and safe as brand names, but they cost lot less. Consult your doctor and pharmacist to find out more about affordable generic versions of the medications prescribed to you.
Stick with primary care
Every migraine patient may not need a specialist. Depending upon your health plan coverage, seeing a specialist can add to the cost of your headache care. It’s best to stick with your family doctor unless there is a real need for further evaluation. Even if your doctor refers you to a neurologist , ask if you can return back to him or her for ongoing migraine visits after the neurology consultation.
Know your pharmacy
Many pharmacies in the US offer a $4 discounted medication list. There are many cheap options for antibiotics, but you can find other medications in this list. Discuss your options with your pharmacist. Sometimes you can access some pharmacy programs. You can check participating pharmacies online by typing “four dollar prescription list” in Google ad check locations closer to you.
Know your insurance plan
It’s important to get familiar with your health insurance plan as this would help you understand what is covered and what is not. You will also know what your co-pays will cost. This will help you in having more productive discussions with your doctor. Many health plans also offer some bulk purchasing options, such as mail-order prescription service or many other cost-saving options.
Be frank and discuss the costs with your doctor
You should never presume that your provider knows all about medication costs. “If you cannot afford the prescribed medication, don’t hesitate and discuss this with your doctor. Mostly, your doctor will be happy to work with you if you want to explore more affordable options.
Seek permanent solutions
Although every migraine patient may not be a candidate for long-term management solution, recent cutting-edge research in this field has thrown up many new drugs and surgery options (on neck muscles), for lasting headache relief. Once you get clearance from your doctor, your next stop should be your health insurance provider, as you will get insight whether these procedures are covered or not; also be sure to ask about the benefits and risks of these options.
Try alternative treatments
You can also try alternative treatments. Magnesium, riboflavin and some herbal treatments can work for you. However, do that only after speaking to your doctor, because some herbal treatments can interfere with the medications you may be taking or maybe due to your other health conditions. Biofeedback ad acupuncture are also good options that have shown some success with migraine treatments. Do adequate research whether your insurance provider covers them. Both biofeedback and acupuncture requires multiple treatments to be successful-so they may cost more than what insurance will cover.
With some persistence and by working with your pharmacist and doctor, you can find less costly treatments for handling your migraines.