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I was recently prescribed propranolol 160mg ER ( I think extended

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I was recently prescribed propranolol 160mg ER ( I think extended release) I am finding it difficult to afford this medication at $80 a month. I found out that propranolol 80mg (not extended release) is only $4 a month. Would it be feasible to ask my doctor if she could change the prescription to the regular propranolol 80mg to take twice a day? Its hard to get a hold of her so I'm wondering if I should even bother asking.

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Yes, you can certainly do this

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The convenience of the ER is counterbalanced by expense

Doctor Cameron :

So you can take it twice daily (regular)

Customer:

Is there a big difference between the extended release one and the regular one? Or is it just a convenience factor? I don't have a problem remembering to take it twice a day.

Doctor Cameron :

no, that is how companies make money :-)

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they repackage it into extended release

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but it does have better compliance

Doctor Cameron :

easier to remember to take one than two a day

Doctor Cameron :

and for people who are on many pills, this can make a difference

Customer:

That's great news- Saving $75 a month would be a huge help. I will surely call her about it tomorrow. For that amount of money I can get into the habit of twice per day dosage! :-)

Doctor Cameron :

:-)

Customer:

Thanks very much for your help!

Doctor Cameron :

I hope that I provided you with excellent service? :-)?

Customer:

Yes, I will rate you now :-)

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