Today's advertising makes you think there's a pill for everything. Studies show that a third of all patients will ask for a specific drug they've seen advertised. And nearly 80 percent of the time, the doctor will prescribe the requested brand. But you need to talk to your doctor about what prescription, if any, is right for you.
Make smart choices
Often, a change of lifestyle habits -- such as diet and exercise -- may be the answer instead of pills. But if you do need a prescription, it's important to make smart choices. Instead of the high-priced brand, there's a good chance an equally effective brand-name alternative or generic is available at a much lower cost.
Compare and save with generics
Generics are usually priced 30 to 75 percent less than equivalent brand-name versions. Why?
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration