If you have a history of asthma, your GP will prescribe asthma medications to help reduce and prevent the risk of having an asthma attack. If you live in England, you have to pay for regular prescriptions and the cost is much likely to mount up, especially if you are already paying for other medications.
However, the good news is some people are eligible to get free prescriptions. Even if you have to pay, the cost can be reduced if you have asthma.
The most important thing is that you must carry on taking your asthma medications as advised by your GP practice. Taking medicines regularly can greatly decrease the risk of life-threatening asthma attack. Hence, it is important that you do not miss or skip the dose just because cannot afford the medicine.
Even if you are feeling well, you need to take your asthma inhaler as prescribed every day. If you face financial hardship, speak to your GP, but do not just stop taking the medicine.
If you reside in England, you will have to pay for your asthma medications, unless you come under one of the categories of the NHS. Every item prescribed by a GP will cost the standard prescription charge and the cost of prescription each time is £8.60 (from 1st April 2017).
If you stay in England, you can get free NHS prescriptions if you are above 60 years, under 16 years, or between 16 and 18 with full-time education. You can also get free NHS prescriptions if you are pregnant and have a valid maternity exemption certificate; if you have a specified health condition; if you have a physical disability that prevents you from moving; and if you hold a valid war pension exemption certificate.
You can ask your pharmacist or GP to find the eligibility criteria for not paying for NHS prescriptions. Asthma is a chronic medical condition that can be considered a disability. Alternatively, if you can get a Pre-Payment Certificate (PPC) if you pay for the prescription cost – this can save you money.
The NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is making things easier for you to get your repeat prescriptions. It allows your GP to send repeat prescription to the pharmacy of your choice through the internet. You can nominate an online chemist such as PharmacyOutlet to fulfil your repeat prescription needs.