Doreen's Deals: Shop and save hundreds on prescriptions

Fill a prescription at the pharmacy and you start to feel sick at the register.

My remedy for Rx sticker shock is to occasionally survey prices online or by phone on your name brand and generic drugs before you go to the store to ensure you’re not regularly overpaying.

I called Broward and Palm Beach County pharmacies for prices on Lexapro, which is used to treat depression.

I found that prices on generic version can vary by an astounding $170 for a 30-day supply.

Here's the dramatic list: Costco $6.99; CVS $114.99; Publix $118; Sam’s Club $83; Target  $147.99;Walgreens $116.99; Walmart  $115.88 and Winn-Dixie   $179.99.

Here's my tips on how to save: Sam's Club and Costco offer mind-blowing savings on drugs. A helpful technician in Costco's Boca Raton pharmacy said the warehouse chain marks up drugs only 1.14 percent. Find price checkers at SamsClub.com and Costco.com. A month of savings easily pays for yearly memberships. (If you do decide to fill prescriptions at a new pharmacy, share your full list of medications with the pharmacist to avoid dangerous drug interactions.)

MyFloridaRX.com is a handy online tool from Florida's Attorney General and the Agency for Health Care Administration. It lists the best drug prices at pharmacies by city and is updated monthly.

BenefitsCheckUp.com, a free, nonprofit service of the National Council on Aging, connects those 55 and older with help on medication, housing, food and transportation from 2,000 state, federal and private benefit programs.

Walmart, Target and Winn-Dixie sell hundreds of generic prescription and nonprescription medications for $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for 90 days.

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club costs $20 and offers three-tier savings on 700 meds starting at $5 for 30 supplies. Sign up at Walgreens.com.

CVS/Pharmacy Health Savings Pass offers 90-days supplies for $11.99 and 10 percent off MinuteClinic services.

Free prescriptions Publix offers free diabetes, high-blood pressure and antibiotic mediations. Diabetics can get generic immediate-release metformin, free lisinopril, used to treat high-blood pressure, and six free oral generic antibiotics, including amoxicillin, penicillin and ciprofloxacin. Go to Publix.com/FreeMedications for the deal.

dchristensen@sunsentinel.com