So your doctor has handed you a prescription for clomid, and you're eager to try this popular fertility drug treatment. Unless your insurance plan covers clomid - and many don't - you may be concerned about the cost. Clomid is relatively inexpensive when compared to other fertility treatments, but it's obviously not free and may be more than you're used to paying for medication.
Price Shopping for Clomid
Most people have a pharmacy near their home or work that they prefer to use. But before you fill your prescription there, consider price shopping first. (You can also do this for your regular drugs, especially if medication costs are pulling down your budget.) With clomid, since you don't usually take it until after your next cycle begins, you should have extra time for the price shopping.
You can call the pharmacies ahead of time and ask the price for clomid at your prescribed dosage. (The price will increase for higher dosages.) You should also ask if they carry generic clomid, or clomiphene. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, there's no reason to pay more for the name brand.
Clomid pricing can vary quite a bit from pharmacy to pharmacy. One pharmacy may charge $50 for five 50 mg pills, while another will charge just $25. Something else to keep in mind is a pharmacy offering a good price at 50 mg may not have the best price at a higher dosage.
Stores Offering Great Clomid Prices
Some discount stores offer discounted drug prices in their pharmacies. For example, at the time of this writing, WalMart is offering a month's supply of 50 mg clomid for just $9, and a three month supply for just $24. Target and Krogers have similar prices for clomid. Discount member stores like Costco also offer reduced pricing for clomid.
While many discount stores list their prices online, always call ahead to be sure they have the drug in stock. The pricing may also vary from state to state, which is another reason to call first.
Should You Buy Clomid Online?
We buy so many things online today. Why not buy medications online as well? While purchasing drugs online can be done safely, you must be careful about the websites you order from. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy reviewed over 10,000 online pharmacy websites and found that a mere 3% were in compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards.
One way to know if a drug store is legit is to check the National Associations of Boards of Pharmacy website to see if it's listed on their Recommended Sites list. Only sites that have VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) certification appear on the list.
Once you've confirmed that the pharmacy is legit, don't forget to consider the price. Online doesn't always mean cheaper, especially once you consider the cost of shipping.
More about clomid:
- Clomid FAQ
- Clomid Treatment Basics
- When Should You Have Sex When Taking Clomid?
- Clomid Side Effects
- What's the Chance of Having Clomid Twins?
- What Is the Clomid Success Rate?
- What If Clomid Doesn't Work?
- Understanding Treatment of Infertility
- How to Have a Baby When You've Been Trying for Awhile
- Take a Fertility Quiz
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$4 generic drugs listed by condition. Target.com. Accessed December 18, 2012. http://www.target.com/pharmacy/generics-condition
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