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Tips to Save on Allergy Medications this Spring

As the weather gets warmer and the hallmarks of the spring season begin to bloom, so too does the problem of spring allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

Severe allergies may require prescription medication, but there are many over-the-counter options and home remedies that can help a great deal. The Huffington Post provides a variety of tips on how to proactively tackle seasonal allergies and irritants, including taking allergy medication early, limiting pollen exposure and rinsing your nasal passageways regularly.

Consumer Reports recently reviewed the best options for seasonal allergy sufferers among over-the-counter antihistamines such as Claritin and Zyrtec. Loratadine, Cetirizine and Fexofenadine were named Consumer Report’s ‘Best Buy’ Drugs based on dosing convenience, cost, effectiveness and safety. A month's supply of these pills can cost $10 - $15 per month, depending on the brand.

While prescription allergy medications typically cost upwards of $35 per month, they are extremely effective in alleviating allergy symptoms. Before heading to the pharmacy, do your research first to find the best possible price for your medication.

There are also great solutions available to help you keep costs down. With the free Community Cares Rx discount card, you can visit one of many partnering pharmacies and receive 20 percent off on brands and up to 70 percent off on generics. In most cases, this includes over-the-counter drugs.

Discount card programs are especially beneficial for those who may receive little to no health care coverage from their employers, or for people facing higher co-pays and deductibles that apply to medications with existing insurance plans. With rising medical costs remaining one of the biggest challenges facing consumers these days, prescription discount programs will continue to provide a path for people to economically manage their allergy needs.  

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