I know several people taking medications on a regular basis. They have an enlarged this, or an inflamed that; a weak part here, or something else that has already given out. I know one very nice lady that has had a heart attack and refuses to take anything for it. She has decided that God will tend to what He needs to, if He is willing.
Most of us, if we live long enough, will eventually have to face the prospect of taking drugs to regulate our bodily functions or to alleviate our symptoms.
The frugal question is: How do you get the highest quality drugs you need for the lowest price? One option is to purchase what you need using the internet. Begin your search with The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Formed in 1904, their mission statement says “The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is the independent, international, and impartial association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.” They offer, through the VIPPS section their site, 16 recommended internet pharmacies such as Caremark and Walgreens, as well as sites NOT recommended. When deciding on an internet pharmacy good customer support is a must. Also check for insurance participation and if you can buy in bulk.
Depending on your age and insurance coverage the AARP Medicare Prescription Drug Plans might have some options worth your exploration.
Another idea, if you need drugs to treat a temporary illness, is to ask your doctor for free samples.