Experts show you how to save on over-the-counter allergy medication.
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Allergy season is here, and stocking up on medicine is never fun. However, there are ways to lower the cost of meds while giving you room to breathe.
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First, if you're debating on whether to buy name brand vs. generic, go generic. Generic medications generally have the same active ingredients, but cost much less. Loratadine, for example, costs just $13 for a month's supply as opposed to over $18 for its name brand counterpart, Claritin. To trim your costs even further, head to Costco where you can grab a 1-year supply of 400 tablets for less than $13.
Next, don't fall for fancy packaging. Liquids, chewable pills and quick-dissolve tablets are priced higher than regular tablets, while liquid medications can cost up to 70 percent more.
If you're looking for a cheap non-pharmaceutical way to keep allergies at bay, try a neti pot. Since 80 percent of allergens affect you through your nasal passages, the popular nasal irrigation method has been proven to quickly relieve symptoms. And for less than $20, one purchase can last you months. Just make sure to follow specific directions on how to make a proper saline solution.
We also like this NeilMed Sinus Rinse kit, which offers the same results as a neti pot, but in an easy-to-use squeeze bottle version. It also comes with 50 packets of the company's sinus rinse mixture, all for less than $10.
So, if you're an allergy sufferer, consider these tips for saving on medicine. We want both you and your budget to stay healthy.