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Can I use a prescription savings card for over-the-counter (OTC) medications?

Cropped SingleCare logo By | November 5, 2019

You may have heard that pharmacy savings cards are only for prescription medications. The truth is you can use SingleCare to save on common over-the-counter (OTC) treatments—like allergy medications or nicotine replacement therapies.

The process is just a little different. Make sure to follow these steps to use our discounts for products you can usually buy without a prescription.

1. Call your doctor.

You don’t typically need a prescription to buy Advil, but to cash in on SingleCare savings, you do. Most doctor’s offices are happy to call or scan in a prescription for OTC therapies. It’s not uncommon or against the rules.

2. Find your savings.

Visit singlecare.com/rx and search for the item you need. Compare the SingleCare price to your cash price. Then just print, email, or text the savings to yourself so you can use it at the pharmacy counter.

3. Head to the pharmacist.

The pharmacist or pharmacy technician on staff will have set aside the OTC treatment or can help you find it. Then, they ring up the savings. The clerk at the front checkout won’t be able to help.

You may be able to use your health savings account to pay for covered medical expenses, like OTC treatments.

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Unsure of where to start? Here’s where you can find the biggest savings.

Drug Name Average Price Average SingleCare Savings
All Day Allergy (cetirizine) $54.07 $46.64
Xyzal (levocetirizine) $81.30 $36.95
Freestyle Lite (blood glucose test) $212.79 $36.29
OneTouch Verio (blood glucose test) $97.59 $36.08
Lotrimin (clotrimazole) $46.98 $31.65
NicoDerm (nicotine transdermal system) $66.58 $31.10
Humulin (short-acting insulin) $181.35 $27.85
Lac-Hydrin (ammonium lactate cream) $46.26 $23.82

Wondering what’s the catch? There isn’t one! SingleCare partners directly with pharmacies, which lets us offer you lower prices. We receive a small fee from our pharmacy partners when you use your SingleCare card to save, which is how we can offer the service to you for free. Pharmacies choose to do business with us because we keep our business practices transparent, our prices consistent, and we help bring customers to their pharmacy.

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us at 1-844-234-3057 or find us on Facebook. We’re here to help!