Why does migraine medication have to be so expensive? Many migraine patients struggle to afford their medication and care. One study found that people with chronic migraine pay an average of $145 per month for healthcare while those who don’t have migraine pay an average of $89 per month. There is a significant need for migraine medication assistance.
These high costs can lead patients to avoid seeking treatment, but there are programs that can help. There are a number of organizations, both private and government, that provide migraine medication assistance as well as assistance for other healthcare needs. It may take a little work, but you might be able to get some help with your prescription and even doctor’s visits.
The resources listed below are a combination of databases that can point you toward organizations that offer migraine medication assistance programs. You will need to go through the list and search for programs that best suit your needs and situation.
Tips for Searching for Migraine Medication Assistance
Don’t wait until you are down to your last five pills before you start looking for help. Many of the programs for migraine medication assistance listed here require an application and it takes time to get approved. Start looking for help well before you need it. That way, you will have resources in place when it is time to get your medication.
When you are searching for a medication, look up the brand names as well as generic. For instance, Nadolol is not found in the pparx.org database, but its brand name Corgard is found. This information is usually found pretty easily on the internet, or you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.
When doing location specific searches, look beyond your immediate location. Sometimes you may need to check larger cities that are nearby if there is nothing in your immediate area. Pay close attention to those resources that are county specific or that only serve certain cities. You should find the details in the program description or by searching for it on the internet.
Some states have free or low-cost drug programs. Check with your state’s Medicaid office and your local health department. You can also do an internet search to see if your state sponsors or participates in any programs through community health centers or your area’s Agency on Aging.
Check your local stores. Pharmacies in many of the chain stores have special programs for low cost and no cost prescriptions, including migraine medication assistance. Walmart, Publix, Walgreens, and others have such programs and, in most cases,, anyone can qualify for the discounts. Call your pharmacy to see if they have a program, or call pharmacies in your area.
Your doctor and pharmacist may also know of programs that you can check out. It might not be easy asking for help, but if you need the medication, it is better to ask (even if you feel a little embarrassed) than it is to be in pain or be without vital prescriptions.
FreeDrugCard.us – This is a free prescription assistance program that is very easy to get. You don’t have to qualify based on income, health, age, nothing. Just get the card and use it.
Together RX Access Card – This card provides qualifying patients with deep discounts on medication, but there are some restrictions and you have to apply for the assistance.
Walgreens Prescription Saving Card – This program is only good at Walgreens stores, but there are a number of benefits in addition to discounts on prescriptions.
Needy Meds – With this free drug discount card you can get as much as an 80% discount on your prescriptions. They also have a pharmacy locator tool on the page.
Company Specific Programs
Merck Patient Assistance Program – If you are taking a medication by Merck, you may be able to get a coupon or qualify for one of their assistance programs. Click here to see the list of drugs manufactured by Merck.
MerckHelps.com – This is an easier resource tool for getting affordable Merck medications.
AstraZeneca Affordability Program – Certain AstraZeneca medications may qualify you for one of their affordability programs. This page also several good resources for help with your AZ meds.
Pfizer Rx Pathways – Pfizer medications are made more affordable through this patient assistance program.
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation – You do have to meet certain eligibility requirements for these programs, but if you do qualify, you can get migraine medication assistance as well as help with other prescriptions.
Resources for Prescriptions
Partnership for Prescription Assistance – This is a program matching service. When you visit the site, you will see that the page is split. The left side is for prescription assistance. Plug in the name of your medication and they will find programs to help you find migraine medication assistance.
Rx Assist – This is a great database that lists a number of prescription assistance programs. Just click the button on the right side of the page that is for patients and start your search.
Rx Hope – Use the navigation panel on the left of the page to search for assistance and access other useful resources.
Extra Help Program – Some people who receive Medicare may qualify for prescription assistance by meeting three criteria: Medicare recipient, resident of the U.S., and have limited resources.
Resources for Health Care and Other Health Needs
Partnership for Prescription Assistance – This site will help you find low cost and free clinics so that you can get the healthcare that you need. When you visit the site, the clinic portion is on the right side. Plug in your address or zip code and find affordable clinics near you.
HealthFinder.gov – This is an excellent site with information on prescription assistance programs as well as other good resources for patients.
Free/Low Cost/Sliding Scale Medical Clinics – Enter your information and find a free, low cost, or sliding scale clinic. Some of the clinics may require payment so you may want to call them to make sure.
PPA Free Clinic Finder – Search for free clinics here. You can have the list emailed to you as well.
NAFC – National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics – This is another large resource for finding affordable healthcare.
$4 Generic Discount Drug Program – Find out about prescription programs by various pharmacies that allow you to get certain generic medications for anywhere from $4 to $15.
Coupons and Rebate Programs – Search for coupons and rebates on prescriptions.
Patient Savings – Click on the “Patient Savings” tab at the top of the page and you will find a number of valuable resources or prescription migraine medication assistance.
At Axon, we know that dealing with migraines is hard. We try to make it as easy as possible for our customers to have access to our migraine glasses. They are covered by some insurance or you can usually get them reimbursed through an HSA, FSA, HRA, or other “Cafeteria Plan” Tax-Exempt Health Account. You can read more on our FAQ page under “Are Your Glasses Covered by Insurance?” Of course, you can always give us a call or send us an email with questions about your unique situation.
We hope these resources will help and that you have many migraine free days ahead. We’re in this together.