One to One
sharing of tips, strategies, ideas and helpful thoughts from one person with CFIDS to another
In order to keep medication costs down when budgets are tight, periodically
prices of prescriptions as they can vary widely. Recently, I repeated this effort-in part due to a price
hike at my current pharmacy and in part because AARP membership (with my husband's 50th birthday) offered
participation in their mail-order pharmacy plan. Typically I call seven to 10 pharmacies, including a
couple of grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and several chain pharmacies. I also include two or three reputable
long-distance prescription services. You may wish to take your time and place the calls over several days.
1999, I priced my hypertension medications, Claritin and Neurontin. To give an example, one month's supply
of Claritin ranged from a low of $60.62 to a high of $83.00, while my current strength of Neurontin started
at $138.46 and peaked at a whopping $217.00 per month. AARP, while reasonable, could not beat the best
price at a grocery chain.
Susan Dion, Carneys Point, N.J.
For many months, I have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome in conjunction
fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). Recently, I changed my primary care physician. My new
doctor suggested that I take a glass of water with Metamucil at bedtime, as my irritable bowel is worse
in the morning. I have found that the generic equivalents, such as American Faire by K-Mart, are just
as effective and much less expensive. They are available in a variety of texture and flavor combinations.
Hrehocik, McKeesport, Pa.
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