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How The Walmart $4 Prescription Drug List Saves Time and Money.

Updated on February 20, 2014
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

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Walmart's $4 Prescriptions Save Money! How Does It Work?

I'm not kidding when I say you can save a bundle on prescriptions and over the counter medications. It doesn't cost a thing to transfer your prescriptions here and, best of all, you save time and money. You can even take advantage of ordering online, for certain generic drugs, which will save you a lot of hassle.

They even have a home delivery service (by mail) for certain prescriptions and there is no membership required. They offer the service FREE of charge, though there may be restrictions on certain drugs.

Another great advantage of the Walmart Prescription Program is that it's divided into two separate savings categories: 30 day prescriptions for $4 and 90 day prescriptions for $10. This does not apply to all medications, but it's the best way I know to come out ahead when you don't have insurance to cover your prescriptions.

I never thought I'd end up at Walmart Pharmacy until I lost my insurance coverage. It's been a life-saver for me. Don't be shy to ask your doctor to prescribe the drugs that are available on the $4 plan. Most physicians are glad to do so.

What Medications Are Covered Under The Walmart $4 Prescription Program?

So what's covered under this "too good to be true" program? I can tell you that the program is limited to generic drugs only, but there is no difference, in my opinion. I'm going to list a few of the drugs covered under this program below.


Walmart's $4 Prescription Drug List

  • Allergies/Cold:

Benzonatate, Loratadine, and Promethizine DM Syrup. *

  • Asthma:

Albuterol, Ipratropium.

  • Antibiotics:

Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Penicillin, Tetracycline, SMZ-TMP.*

  • Pain/Arthritis:

Allopurinol, Cyclobenzaprine, Dexamethasone, Ibuprofen, Meloxicam, Naproxen. *

  • Cholesterol:

Lovastatin, Pravastatin. *

  • Diabetes:

Glimeperide, Glyburide, Metformin. *

  • Gastrointestinal:

Dicyclomine, Metoclopramide, Promethazine, Ranitidine.*

  • Eye Care/Glaucoma:

Atropine Sulfate, Pilocarpine, Sulfacet Sodium Timolol Maleate.*

  • Anti-Fungal:

Fluconazole, Nystatin/Triamcin. *

  • Heart/Blood Pressure;

Atenolol-Chlorthalidone, Benazepril, Bisoprolol-HCT. Captopril, Clonidin, Diltiazem, Enalapril, Furosemide, Guanfacine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Prazosin, Propanalol, Terazosin, Verapamil. *

  • Mental Health:

Amitriptyline, Buspirone, Citalopram, Fluoxetine, Haloperidol, Lithium, Nortriptylin, Paroxetine, Thioridizine, Trazadone. *

  • Skin Conditions:

Fluocinonide, Gentamicide, Hydrocortisone, Silver Sulfadiazin, Triamcinolone. *

  • Thyroid:

Levothyroxine.*

  • Women's:

Estradiol, MedroxyprogesteroneAcetate.


Other vitamins and supplements available.*

(*Asteric indicates a complete list available at Walmart's website).

For the complete list, please go to the link provided below and right for a PDF copy.

Why You May Want To Consider Making A Change

What I like about doing business with Walmart pharmacy is that I can phone in my prescription electronically. They will notify me by text message when my order is ready, usually within 24 hours. Yes, I know. Walmart pharmacy is always busy. Waiting in long lines is normal. But with the online ordering program available, it can be a lot more convenient.

So if you want to save a great deal of money on your prescription drugs, I'd suggest the Walmart Pharmacy program.

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      sally marshall 

      4 years ago

      Consumers report did an extensive report on the cost of prescribed drugs and found that Costco was the most cost effective. You do not have to be a member in order to buy prescription drugs.

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      Glenn Stok 

      5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is good to know in case I ever need any of these medications in the future. There is one I use now and I get it filled at my supermarket pharmacy, which has the same pricing for a 90 day supply as Walmart does. Very good hub. These things can get pretty expensive, especially if one does not have prescription coverage insurance.

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      Annette Thomas 

      5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Thanks dearmommy!

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      dearmommy 

      5 years ago

      I love Walmarts $4 plan. They also have some birth controls for $9/month, which is less than a lot of insurance co-pays!! Great hub!

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Pool of thought: Thanks for your comments.!

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      David Steffy 

      5 years ago from Southern Ohio

      Great tip. We use Walmart for all of our prescriptions also. Krogers is alright but we have ran into some problems with my dad's medi-care there.

      I like the use of the asteric. I never thought of defining a symbol to a default meaning. I'm new and just picking up on neat tricks like that.

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I hear ya, Arthritis Patient!!

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      ArthritisPatient 

      5 years ago

      I get several of my medications from Walmart which charges less than half the price that I used to pay through the insurance company. These big insurance companies charge so much more to pay for their CEO's $20,000,000 homes and extravagant live styles. One insurance company I am aware of takes 25% before a penny is spent for the insured.

      Yes, it takes years of research which allows the drug companies to retain a patent on the medications for years and recoup their expenses. After that, the generic medications are allowed and they cost pennies to make.

      With the new health care law, the Dems refused to allow patients to purchase less expensive medications from Canada, although an amendment was proposed by a North Dakota senator. Big Pharma negotiated with our president and ended up only having to give a 2% discount.

      The one's who must pay for the above are the patients who often have difficulty paying for their needed medications.

      Kudos to Walmart for their program!

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      Tiffany K. 

      5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hmm I agree that the actual drug costs little to manufacture, but I'm sure with the overhead, insurance policies (for when they get sued which happens all the time) the chemists, the years of research, patents and the human guinea pigs...that all gets very expensive

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      California law:

      I don't know the answer...Fact is, the drugs themselves only cost pennies on the dollar to manufacture. Big Pharma is in it for the dollar.

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      Tiffany K. 

      5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Interesting..how is this subsidized? I just can't understand how they can charge so little without insurance. Any insight :)?

      I was fortunate enough to have my father's health insurance growing up (he was a state employee) and as most people know, there are generous health benefits. Yet I still had to pay $10 per generic prescription, and $15 for brand name. Not to say that that's a lot because its not but im just curious how they can afford to sell it for so low?

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      tipstoretireearly 

      5 years ago from New York

      That's a great money-saving tip! I'll need to ask my doctor to prescribe one of the drugs on Walmart's list the next time I need one. Ditto goes for my vet for the next time my dog needs a "people" drug.

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful to know.

      Thanks.

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      iguidenetwork 

      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Very useful - I have used it my self.

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      roosterbob 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nice hub with useful information. I really hate how some Rx companies charge an absolute ridiculous amount for certain meds.

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      mom101 

      6 years ago

      donotfear

      Thank you for taking the time to think of people and their needs.

      I have heard a little about this program but didn't know about the mail order part. This could be very useful for those that do not drive.

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      americababy 

      6 years ago

      Very good article.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I think the Walmart $4 program and similar programs at other providers have allowed a lot more people to take their prescription medications as ordered by their health care providers and are an invaluable asset. Thanks for a great hub.

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