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A Guide to the $4 Dollar Drug List

Updated on April 29, 2012

What is the $4 drug list?

Within the past few years, community pharmacies have started to offer medications at a set price depending on a 30 or 90 day supply. Overall this consists of generic medications that are often prescribed for chronic disease states. However, there are subtle differences between each business on what is available on their lists that others do not cover.

Who offers these medications?

Most of the big name brand stores and box pharmacies offer a $4 dollar drug list. This includes:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Kroger
  • Wegmans
  • Acme
  • Regional Stores

What medications are offered?

The medications offered on these lists are usually broken into their general indications. This Hub will attempt to address the most common disease states and their accompanying medications, as well as differences between supported drug lists.

What about the prescription saving plans?

Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS offer special prescription saving plans for a monthly enrollment. The benefit of these plans is that they offer slightly more medications than on the $4 dollar generic lists mentioned here. On the other hand, they tend to charge more for a 30-day supply ($9.99). It comes down to what medications that you are trying to purchase and if these plans would be more beneficial over others, or even worth enrolling.

Important Warning

The usage of the $4 dollar drugs and prescription plans can be very beneficial, especially in our hard economic times where we are trying to save money. However, one advice that must be stressed is to stay with as few pharmacies as possible and to maintain your prescriptions at one place if possible. This is due to the fact that they pharmacy filling your prescription will only know what you have filled at that branch (eg. Walgreens only knows what you have filled with them and not with Wal-Mart). The significance of this is that if you shop at different pharmacies and are taking all those medications, the pharmacists will never know, and will not be able to spot drug interactions. This is a problem that has been recognized, and can lead to significant medical issues if not caught. If you find yourself shopping at different pharmacies,do your best to keep the pharmacies up to date on what medications you are on, even if you do not fill there, so that the pharmacist can help keep you safe.

Anti-Infectives

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Acyclovir
Capsules
Most
Amoxicillin
Capsules and Suspension
Most
Cephalexin
Capsules
Most
Ciprofloxaxin
Tablets
Most
Doxycycline
Capsules
Most
Fluconazole
Tablets
Most
Isoniazid
Tablets
Target, Kroger
Penicillin VK
Capsules and Suspension
Most
Nystatin/Triamcinolone
Cream
Walmart, Kroger
TMP-SMZ (Bactrim DS)
Tablets
Most
Tetracycline
Capsules
Most
If you are near a Wegmans, and sick during the cold-and-cough season, they will offer free antibiotics (those mentioned above) for a 14-day supply.

Analgesics and Muscle Relaxants

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Baclofen
Tablet
Most
Cyclobenzaprine
Tablet
Most
Diclofenac ER
Tablet
Most
Ibuprofen
Tablet
Most
Indomethacin
Tablet
Most
Meloxicam
Tablet
Most
Naproxen
Tablet
Most
You will not find any opioids available on the $4 dollar lists

Cardiac/Blood Pressure

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Atenolol*
Tablet
Most
Benazepril*
Tablet
Most
Bumetanide
Tablet
Most
Captopril
Tablet
Most
Carvedilol
Tablet
Most
Clonidine
Tablet
Most
Digoxin
Tablet
Most
Diltiazem
Tablet
Most
Doxazosin
Tablet
Most
Enalapril*
Tablet
Most
Furosemide
Tablet
Most
Hydralazine
Tablet
Most
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)
Tablet
Most
Indapamide
Tablet
Most
Isosorbide Mononitrate ER
Tablet
Most
Lisinopril*
Tablet
Most
Methyldopa
Tablet
Most
Metoprolol Tartrate (NOT TOPROL)
Tablet
Most
Nadolol
Tablet
Most
Prazosin
Capsule
Most
Propranolol
Tablet
Most
Sotalol
Tablet
Most
Spironolactone
Tablet
Most
Terazosin
Capsule
Most
Triamterene-HCTZ
Tablet
Most
Verapamil
Tablet
Most
Warfarin
Tablet
Most
*Comes in combination forms as well (eg. HCTZ)

Cholesterol Medications

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Lovastatin
Tablets
Most
Pravastatin
Tablets
Most
These agents do not lower cholesterol as much as when compared to Zocor/Simvastatin, Lipitor/Atorvastatin, Crestor/Rasuvastatin. As such, doses on these medications will tend to be higher to get equivalent benefit.

Diabetes Medications

Drugs
Formulation
Pharmacy
Glimiperide*
Tablet
Most
Glipizide*
Tablet
Most
Glyburide*
Tablet
Most
Metformin
Tablet
Most
*No extended-release versions are available

Insulin

The most affordable insulin sans insurance would be the ReliOn brand available at Walmart. This includes: U-100, NPH, and 70/30. In addition, testing supplies are available, such as lancets and test strips.

Gastrointestinal

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Dicyclomine
Capsule
Most
Famotidine
Tablet
Most
Lactulose
Syrup
Most
Metoclopramide
Tablet
Most
Promethazine
Tablet/Syrup
Most
Ranitidine
Tablet
Most

Men's Health

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Doxazosin
Tablet
Most
Prazosin
Capsule
Most
Terazosin
Capsule
Most
These agents also are used for management of hypertension in addition to BPH

Women's Health

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Alendronate*
Tablet
Most
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate
Tablet
Walmart
Oxybutynin
Tablet
Most
Sprintec 28-day*
Tablet
Most
Tamoxifen
Tablet
Most
Tri-Sprintec 28-day*
Tablet
Most
*$4 dollar Month Supply

Mental Health

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Amitriptyline
Tablet
Most
Benztropine
Tablet
Most
Buspirone
Tablet
Most
Bupropion ER*
Tablet
Wegmans
Carbamazepine
Tablet
Most
Citalopram
Tablet
Most
Fluoxetine
Capsule
Most
Haloperidol
Tablet
Most
Lithium Carbonate
Capsule
Most
Nortriptyline
Tablet
Most
Paroxetine
Tablet
Most
Prochlorperazine
Tablet
Most
Thioridazine
Tablet
Most
Trazodone
Tablet
Most
*Dispensed as 17tabs for smoking cessation

Seizures

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Carbamazepine
Tablet
Most

Thyroid

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Levothyroxine
Tablet
Most

Vitamins and Supplements

Drug
Formulation
Pharmacy
Folic Acid
Tablet
Most
Mag 64
Tablet
Most
Magnesium Oxide
Tablet
Most
Prenatal Plus
Tablet
Most
Potassium Chloride
Liquid
Most
Sodium Fluoride .25mg chewable
Tablets
Most

Update-

Let me know if there are other pharmacies that you would like me to look into to update this list in the comments below.

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