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High blood pressure: medicines and treatments

High blood pressure: medicines and treatments

Daily Life with high blood pressure: Work and money

Q. How can I keep the costs of any medicines down?

A. If you have a low income you may be able to get free prescriptions or may be able to get help with them.

If you do not qualify for free presciptions, you can save money by buying a prescription season ticket. This enables you to a pay a one-off fee for the year for all your medicines. To apply for a prescription season ticket, you will need to fill in form FP95, which you can get from your local pharmacy or doctor's surgery. Alternatively you can download the form from or call 0845 850 0030 and pay by credit or debit card.

You can also ask your doctor whether or not any of your medicines for high blood pressure are available as a combination tablet, because this will mean that you only have to pay for one medicine and not two. For example it is possible to get an ACE inhibitor and a diuretic together in one tablet and this would cut your prescription cost.

If you are on a low income but do not automatically qualify for free prescriptions then it may also be possible to get help through the NHS Low Income Scheme. The form HC1, Help with Health Costs, which is available through benefits offices and job centres, tells you more about this scheme. The scheme can also help with travel costs to hospital or outpatient appointments.

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