When your doctor prescribes you a brand name medicine, your pharmacist is obliged to dispense exactly that, and is not allowed to provide you with a cheaper generic version.
So, ask your doctor to prescribe you a generic version to save yourself some money when you get to the pharmacy.
When you're at the chemist looking for an over-the-counter drug, the choice is yours as to whether you pay for a brand or not. There is no difference in these drugs whatsoever and the savings made are worth it.
- Pain relief
Brand: Nurofen €5.46 for 24 tablets
Generic: Ibuprofen €4.17 for 28 tablets
Brand: Panadol €3.36 for 24
Generic: Paracetamol €2.33 for 24
Brand: Zirtek €5.40 for 7
Generic: Cetrine allergy €9.99 for 28
Brand: Clarityn €5.65 for 7
Generic: Lorat €9.90 for 28
- Cold sores
Brand: Zovirax €10.46 for 2g
Generic: Acic €7.47 for 2g
* All prices from Chapelizod Pharmacy, Dublin on March 28.