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Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen

Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Xodol, Hycet) is inexpensive drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in multiple generic and brand versions. Generic hydrocodone/acetaminophen is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of hydrocodone / acetaminophen is around $14.70, 72% off the average retail price of $52.79. Compare opioid / acetaminophen combinations.

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Prices for Diabetes Medications Continue to Surge: GoodRx Monthly Report

Tori Marsh - May 08, 2018

Diabetes has become one of America’s most expensive diseases, costing the average patient almost $17,000 per year. A majority of that expense is due to the cost of diabetes medications – which are only getting more expensive. Recent data from the GoodRx Index reveals that diabetes medications continue to surge each month.

The monthly GoodRx Index report also showed these drug trends for April:

  • Prices for brand-name drugs are on the rise.
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Prescriptions for Allergy Medications Surge: GoodRx Monthly Report

Tori Marsh - April 05, 2018

Spring is officially here – and that means seasonal allergies have arrived. Prescriptions for allergy medications rose sharply in March, according to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescription fills, with some interesting patterns in state-by-state trends.

Our monthly GoodRx Index report also showed other drug trends for March:

Are Drugs Really Getting More Expensive? Yes.

Tori Marsh - February 27, 2018

It’s true: Drugs really are getting more expensive.

According to a new GoodRx analysis, the average list price for the top 100 prescription drugs climbed higher over the past year, even as concerns over high drug prices grow in the U.S.    

Our top insights:

  • List prices for prescription drugs rose 6% over the past 12 months
  • Diabetes drugs were big drivers of the increase, rising 15% over the past 12 months
  • Birth control drugs also got more expensive, with list prices nearly 8% higher over past year
  • Prices for generic drugs rose more than 5% over the past 12 months

Using a GoodRx Index of the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs, we found that cash prices increased from an average of around $78 in February 2017 to over $81 this past January – an increase of 6%. See More

Walmart Partners with DisposeRx to Combat Opioid Abuse

Roni Shye - January 30, 2018

The US is currently in the middle of an opioid overdose epidemic. People are not only abusing and overdosing on street drugs like heroin, but also prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone.

Here’s an alarming statistic. Around 65% of people abusing prescription opioids obtained the medication from a friend or relative for free. Prescription opioids are typically used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for serious health conditions like cancer. See More

10 Most Common Drug Combinations

Tori Marsh - November 07, 2017

Did you know that nearly 7 in 10 Americans take a prescription drug, and about 50% of Americans take at least two? In many cases, taking more than one drug is necessary to cure an ailment, treat symptoms, or control a chronic disease. But in others, multiple drugs may not mix well in your body, and in your pocketbook.

We’ve compiled a list of drugs commonly taken together. We’ll tell you more about why these drugs are taken together, and which ones work. See More

10 Medications You Shouldn’t Mix With Alcohol

Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 04, 2017

“Can I have a drink while I’m taking my medication?” This is a question that primary care doctors are frequently asked, rightly so. Almost 50% of Americans report taking a prescription medication in the previous month. Alcohol in moderation (3 – 5 drinks per week) is recommended for stroke and heart disease prevention, and many folks taking medications known to interact with alcohol still report regular use. See More

10 Medications That are Dangerous to Stop Abruptly

Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 21, 2016

“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though, and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More

Who Gets Hooked on Opioids After Surgery?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 02, 2016

Many patients report becoming hooked on their opioid medications (like Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, hydrocodone, and so on) after doctors prescribed them for postoperative pain.

If you’ve never used pain medications and are given them for pain after a procedure, who is most likely to have a problem down the line? Well, a recent JAMA study evaluated the risk for chronic opioid use following several common surgical procedures in opioid-naive patients (people who have never used opioid medications before). See More

FDA Requires New Warning on Opioid Pain Medications

Roni Shye - June 15, 2016

The FDA has issued a new required warning for all opioid pain medications. If you are taking an opioid, you should be aware of a few potential side effects, including reactions with other medications, and effects on hormone levels.

What are some examples of opioid medications?

Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications, used to manage manage pain when other treatments may not work. Some common opiods include:

Why exactly was the FDA safety alert issued?

The FDA identified some safety concerns for anyone using opioid pain medications:

  • They can interact with many other medications
  • They can cause problems with a person’s adrenal glands
  • They can decrease sex hormone levels

What kind of medications can react with opioids?

Specifically, opioids may react with antidepressants and migraine medications. See More

7 Secrets to Easy Pharmacy Transfers

Roni Shye - February 18, 2016

So you’ve used GoodRx to compare prices on your prescription, and you found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Generally, your new pharmacy will want to make the transfer as smooth as possible—and there are a few things you can to do keep things simple:

  1. Let your new pharmacy know that you want to transfer your prescriptions from your old pharmacy.
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