Painless Tips on Shopping for Headache Medicine
First, read the labels -- what's stronger is not always better. For example, Advil makes 24-tablet bottle of 200 milligram pills for $3.48. However, Advil Migraine comes in a 20-tablet bottle, has the same units of ibuprofen (200 milligrams), but costs $4.12. In this case, purchasing the migraine brand gets your less of the same size pills at a higher cost.
Second, go generic. The FDA requires that generic brands offer the same quality, strength, purity and stability as name brand drugs, so you're better off grabbing these over the higher-priced offerings. For instance, Aleve liquid-gels cost $5.89 for 20 220-milligram tablets of naproxen, while the generic brand has the same size bottle of the drug for just $3.79.
In short, generic medicine is equally as effective, but at a lower price. So, the next time you're about to purchase a pain reliever, keep these wallet-friendly tips in mind.