I’m hoping to do a few blogs this week because it’s National Allergy Awareness Week but I’m so busy I may only manage a few. This one should save you money, OR make you feel better about how much you’re already saving!

If you don’t have a prescription prepayment certificate yet then you should seriously consider getting one. I’ve had one for years and they are a godsend. They save me hundreds of pounds every year.

Why prescription prepayment certificates are a good idea

Just an average month of prescriptions for the allergic girl…

Now I’ve done a very conservative calculation here. This is based on best case; what I get when times are good. This isn’t counting those emergency visits and years when things are BAD because at the moment things are GOOD! I do hope I’m not tempting fate…

My average prescriptions in a year!

  1. Preventative inhaler – 4 per year. This is a rough estimate, depending on severity of asthma and how frequently I need to take it
  2. Instant inhaler – the one that stops an attack! 4 per year. Probably similar to the preventative as I lose them and then find I have ten all out of date in sports bags and pockets!
  3. Anti-histamines (Fexofenadine 180mg x 30) – Probably about 12 packs of these a year. A serious reaction requires more than one tablet and in summer I take one a day. They soon run out.
  4. Epaderm for my eczema- This is my regular moisturiser and is an emollient. I get huge 500g tubs and easily use one a month so that’s 12 tubs a year. I use it morning and night and sometimes in between and can wash with it too when my skin is very sensivite.
  5. Diprobase – This is great when my skin is not so bad and doesn’t need the gloopy extremes of Epaderm. I get through less of this. Probably 2-3 a year.
  6. Protopic x30g – This works wonders for my facial eczema and one small tube seems to last me at least six months so I only get two of these a year.
  7. Elocon – for serious reactions. This is my steroid of choice for eczema flare-ups. I don’t use it often, but do need it occasionally on my hands and back. I probably get through about 2-3 tubes a year.
  8. Adrenaline auto-injectors – yes we have to pay for these too! Despite that fact that this medication could save my life, I still have to pay for it and I have to get two so it’s not cheap! I probably order two a year unless I’ve had to use them during an allergic reaction. I am two years clear of using adenaline now #FingersCrossed

So some months I’m getting a huge bag with seven items in it. The pharmacy at my local surgery know me and the first thing they say is,

“Is it a large bag?”

Because these are stored in a different area to those who only need a small bag. I am most definitely a ‘large bag’ customer!

I’ve done the maths and it’s about 40 items a year.
Just remembering to order them and collect the stuff every month is wearing. I often forget to put in a prescription request until I’ve run out of something which is exactly when you need it the most. It takes a few days to process requests so you need to be organised.

So… if one prescription costs £8.40 and I need 40 items, that would cost a whopping £336.00. That’s a lot of money! I’m sure some years I need far more than this but let’s not think about that.

What is a prescription prepayment certificate?

I get a prescription prepayment certificate every year. I buy a 12 month certificate which costs me £104.00. You can pay this in monthly installments if you want. You can also get a 3 month or 6 month certificate if you prefer.

So you only need to be requesting 12 items to start saving money!

If you don’t have one of these please consider getting one. Having allergies is expensive enough. Don’t pay more than you need to.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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