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barb10562 posted:
Ive been taking Metformin ER for a year now 500 mg 2 pills morning and night.Ive switched to plain Metformin 1000mg and just 1 pill in the morning and at night. Wouldnt this be cheaper because Im taking half as many pills??
auriga1 responded:
Barb, I don't know if you have insurance. My insurance has three tiers on where they place medication. Call your insurance company and see where these two medications sit. Your pharmacy maybe able to help you out there, too. I've called both my insurance company and pharmacy to inquire "what the heck is going on."

You are still taking the same amount mg wise. 2,000 mgs a day. Maybe the 1000 mg is more $$$'s than the 500 mgs??? I wouldn't know as I don't take it.

I've had to inquire around my local pharmacies for insurance purposes. I was inquiring regarding my two insulins. Each one has a different price for the same medication. Who knew? LOL.
rohvannyn responded:
If you have insurance, you are likely to be paying the same copay no matter the strength and quantity. Call anyway to check, we are used to doing price comparisons. As if you can't tell, I work for a mail order pharmacy that also manages pharmacy benefits for insurance companies.

If you don't have insurance, metformin is a fairly common generic and may be on the different discount plans that some of the larger pharmacies and grocery stores have. Look for a flier that says something like "four hundred medications available at four dollars a month" or some such. Those discount medications don't go through the insurance plan as the store itself is providing the discount. I've used this trick to get antibiotics for two dollars when I didn't have prescription coverage.

If you end up paying out of pocket and can't find any discounts at all, it would likely be cheaper to do the 1000 mg option.

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