3 Popular Medications That You Can Get Way Cheaper Generic


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1. Paroxetine (Paxil)

Paxil is a popular prescription medication used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to Drugs.com, a supply of 30 20mg Paxil pills costs over $264.

However, prescription price-comparison website GoodRx reveals that you can fill a 30-day supply of 20mg paroxetine, the generic form of Paxil, for as little as $3.91 at retailers like Shop Rite and Walmart.

2. Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

Lipitor is a statin commonly prescribed to treat high cholesterol. According to GoodRx, it was the most commonly sold drug for a decade, before a generic version was released in 2011.

Since then, "the generic price has continued to drop" for this particular drug, GoodRx writes. You can now find a 30-day supply of 40mg tablets—a dose commonly prescribed to patients who "require a large reduction in LDL-C"—for as little as $2.95. With an average retail price of $62.74, this represents a 95 percent price reduction.

3. Amlodipine (Norvasc)

One of the most commonly prescribed heart medications, Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker (CCB) used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. In 2007, a generic version known as amlodipine was released, making this essential medication more widely accessible to patients.

According to GoodRx, amlodipine "is one of the most inexpensive generics in the U.S.," and is "even available for free at some pharmacies." Their lowest listed price was found at Wegmans and Price Chopper, which both advertise a 30-day supply of 10mg tablets for just $2.53 with a GoodRx Gold membership.

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