'Does Beconase have a generic equivalent?' I asked the assistant in Boots. I was greeted by an affirmation and given an own brand equivalent that had more 10% more puffs and was a pound cheaper than its 'designer' counterpart. Yet it contains an equivalent dose of the same active ingredient. To me it's a no-brainer.
There's even better saving to be had for pill poppers on other drugs. Staying with Boots, a pack of 16 value ibuprofen 200mg tablets is 40p as compared to the same strength branded Neurofen at £2.10, Lloyds chemist's Diafix contains loperamide, the same chemical 'bung' that's in Imodium for £3.89 as opposed to £5.99 the price of its better known counterpart and Boot's mucus cough mixture is a steal. Ninety pence cheaper than Benylin and it contains half as much syrup again!
So if a hypochondrial urge strikes you and it's time to stock up the medicine cabinet, remember this top tip. There's won't be equivalents for everything in your self medicating repetoire but I bet each and every person will find some savings to be had.