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I had an allergy attack on Tuesday of last week. Since I

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I had an allergy attack on Tuesday of last week. Since I have been ill and taking my cetrizine and Zyrtec D at home, I have not had a chance to be seen for an Antibiotic. The last one I had was Augmentin, and I am running out of that, because I only had 4 of them left. ( they were Rx, and pretty strong 800 mg) so that is why I had a few left. I usually need the antibiotic because my sinuses tend to get infected. Is there a lesser, cheaper version of this antibiotic that I can get at Meijer or another store, who would fill a Rx for free?
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Customer: I take the ceitrizine daily, and the zyrtec D, only when I am having trouble like now. I also take Prozac daily and some muscle relaxer, due to having cramps in my legs.
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Customer: I am taking cholesterol medicine and medicine for ulceric symptoms.
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

Hello! And, thanks for your question. I'm DrMike, a pharmacist with over 20 year’s experience, and I'm glad to help you today. I’ll just take some time while I review your question and get back to you with a response. I may have some initial questions for you…

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

So, as I understand your question, you're wanting to know if there is a cheaper alternative to the Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate).

Do you have any insurance or use any discount cards or programs? Or do you pay straight out of pocket... DrMike

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

If you have no insurance or do not use any discounts, there are some options. You and I take many of the same medications, and one of mine is not covered by my own insurance. I would direct you to the following website that I have found has given me the best discounts:

I would try that first to see what sort of price reduction you can get on your generic Augmentin.

Also, there are definitely alternative antibiotics that you can resort to. azithromycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, Bactrim (SMX/TMP), and a few others which I think would be more expensive.

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

An additional source of medication assistance might also be your county. Many/most have General Assistance programs that will cover the full cost of your medications. Ofcourse, you'll have to supply income info, etc, but I have many patients that are not able to afford their medications and use this route.

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

I have checked some of the prices of these medications, and the cheapest (azithromycin) at $12 or so would be a nice alternative pricewise. As well, many of these medications are on some pharmacies "$4 List". (The type that WalMart, Kmart etc use)

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

I believe this should address your original concerns. However, if you would like additional information simply Reply, and I will be happy to help with any follow up questions. If you feel satisfied, kindly Accept and Rate and give feedback on my service so that I might better address future questions. I do wish you all the best... -DrMike

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

(On a side note... You're take ZyrtecD and cetirizine (which is generic Zyrtec). So, essentially, you're double dosing on the Zyrtec, and that can cause some problems itself. I don't know if the "D"econgestant part of your ZyrtecD is pseudoephedrine or a less effective decongestant. Pseudoephedrine is only available behind the counter (you have to sign for it and show an ID) or by prescription.
So... I would cut back on the Zyrtec by half, and ensure that the decongestant you're taking is pseudoephedrine and not some lesser decongestant.)

Use the decongestant only when necessary. It's ok to use the antihistamine Zyrtec daily.
I hope this helps and you feel better sooner! -DrMike

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 11 days ago.

Please let me know if you have further concerns or need additional clarification. I'm happy to assist! -DrMike

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 9 days ago.

I see you haven't been able to view my response for several days, but I'd like you to know that I'm still available to review your case. Please let me know when I can assist. -DrMike

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