Free or Low-Cost Prescription Medication Assistance

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Detailed information on prescription medication assistance programs for psychiatric medications.

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Patient Assistance Programs

There are various public and private programs available to help people who can't pay for their mental health medications. Some offer free medications. Others are given to the patient at a significantly discounted price.

It will take some work on your part to find the programs that are right for you and you'll need to fill out the necessary paperwork. It's important to keep in mind that the turnaround process can take up to 2-3 months before you even hear back on whether or not your application was approved. In the interim, it might be helpful to ask your doctor for samples to hold you over.

If your doctor doesn't have samples and you are taking a medication that you are not advised to go off of "cold turkey" and you run out and are unable to get a refill, GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM. Some medications can produce very troubling withdrawal symptoms.

Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs

Many of the pharmaceutical companies offer financial assistance. Chances are likely you will find their patient assistance program listed on their website and more often then not you can print the application sheet right off of their site.

Read carefully what it is you need to do in addition, if anything, to filling out the form and sending it in. Each drug manufacturer patient assistance program is different. If you have questions, they normally provide a toll-free number for you to call.

For forms your doctor has to sign, it's recommended you bring them into the doctor's office yourself and request they be signed and come back the following day or bring them with you to your appointment.

Sites with extensive patient assistance program information

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