The Drs: Save Money At The Pharmacy + Avoid Identity Theft

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The Doctors: Cut Your Pills In Half

The Doctors reported that nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug and more than 50% take two or more. The good news is that The Doctors welcomed a pharmacist to their show who had insider secrets that could save you big money. Pharmacist Mona Vand began with her favorite tip, which was to use a pill cutter. She explained that a lot of medications come in different strengths and contain varying amounts of medication. Particularly good for those who don’t have insurance, if you need a ten milligram dose, ask your doctor to write you a prescription for double the strength and then cut the pill in half to cut your costs in half. Just don’t try it with extended release pills.

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The Doctors: OTC Medicines As Prescriptions + Older Medications

The Drs: Save Money At The Pharmacy + Avoid Identity Theft

The Doctors were joined by a pharmacist who shared how you can save money on prescriptions at the pharmacy. (epsos / Flickr)

You can also ask for your over-the-counter medication to be written as a prescription. That way, you can use your insurance to help pay for it. That even includes Tylenol! All you have to do is ask.

Also, it’s good to know that older versions of medications work just as good as newer ones. Newer isn’t always better and sometimes you’re much better off using a medication that has been on the market and has a lot of data behind it. Plus, it’s usually less expensive.

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The Doctors: What Not To Carry In Your Wallet

The Doctors then revealed that there are actually health issues associated with having an over-stuffed wallet. One of the biggest problems associated with a too-full wallet, however, is identity theft. An estimated 9 million Americans have their identity stolen every year. There are three things you should never carry in your wallet: expired credit cards, password cheat sheet, and your spare key. If you’re a retiree and you’re carrying around your medical card, it could have your social security number on it. Carry a copy of the card instead and black out your social security number. Lower your risk!

Risk was the word of the day and you can use the word on The Doctors website to enter for a chance to win the LD West vegan leather holster that can hold your wallet on one side and smart phone on the other.

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