GoodRx and RxSaver by RetailMeNot are two free tools that claim to save you up to 80% on your prescription drugs, but is one better than the other?

Both of these services help you compare drug prices at pharmacies in your area and offer free coupons that will lower your out-of-pocket costs.

GoodRx vs. RxSaver by RetailMeNot Price Comparison

GoodRx and RxSaver are discount programs, not health insurance. But even if you have insurance, you should check these apps to see if the prices are lower than your co-pay. You can always ask the pharmacist to use GoodRx or RxSaver instead of insurance.

For this article, I looked up the top 50 prescription drugs from ClinCalc.com and conducted a comparison using GoodRx and RxSaver to see if there was a difference in the medication prices. The results surprised me.

From my research of the top 50 drugs, RxSaver by RetailMeNot found the lowest price 36 times, GoodRx was cheapest 13 times and there was one tie. In a few cases, the price difference was only pennies. However, I recorded a spread of several dollars or more for some of the drugs that I compared.

All of the prices reflected in the chart below were observed on November 28, 2019. I selected my Miami Beach zip code as the home location. The same dosage and count were used for an apples-to-apples comparison.

Take a look at the results:

GoodRx vs. RxSaver by RetailMeNot Prescription Drug Prices

Prescription Drug Name GoodRx Price RxSaver by RetailMeNot Price
Levothyroxine
50 mcg, 90 count
$16.46$10.00
Lisinopril
20 mg, 90 count
$9.99$9.31
Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor)
40 mg, 30 count
$8.25$7.00
Metformin
Hydrochloride
500 mg, 60 count
$3.91 $3.50
Amlodipine Besylate
10 mg, 30 count
$6.29 $3.24
Metoprolol
25 mg, 60 count
$3.99$4.02
Omeprazole (generic Prilosec)
40 mg, 30 count
$8.43$4.41
Simvastatin
20 mg, 90 count
$7.50 $8.82
Losartan Potassium
50 mg, 30 count
$3.99$4.56
Albuterol
3 ml of 2.5 mg, 25 count
$9.32$5.62
Gabapentin
300 mg, 90 count
$13.01 $7.78
Hydrochlorothiazide
25 mg, 90 count
$6.64$5.04
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate
10 mg/325 mg, 120 count
$23.65$21.65
Sertraline Hydrochloride
100 mg, 30 count
$6.52$5.65
Furosemide
20 mg, 30 count
$3.99$3.60
Fluticasone
50 mcg, 1 count
$12.19 $8.62
Acetaminophen Codeine
300 mg/ 30 mg, 20 count
$8.74$6.35
Amoxicillin
500 mg, 21 count
$3.99$6.24
Alprazolam (generic Xanax)
0.5 mg, 30 count
$7.57 $3.64
Atenolol
25 mg, 30 count
$3.99$2.37
Citalopram
20 mg, 30 count
$3.99$4.00
Insulin Glargine (Lantus)
100/ml, 1 count
$213.24$297.03
Montelukast (generic Singulair)
10 mg, 30 count
$10.99$4.08
Trazodone Hydrochloride
50 mg, 30 count
$3.99$4.00
Pantoprazole Sodium
40 mg, 30 count
$9.96$11.70
Escitalopram Oxalate (generic Lexapro)
10 mg, 30 count
$7.21$4.19
Pravastatin Sodium
40 mg, 30 count
$10.99$6.15
Bupropion (generic Wellbutrin XL)
150 mg, 30 count
$9.00$8.62
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride (generic Prozac)
20 mg, 30 count
$3.96 $3.48
Carvedilol
25 mg, 60 count
$3.99$4.36
Prednisone
20 mg, 10 count
$4.83$2.00
Tamsulosin Hydrochloride (Flomax)
0.4 mg, 30 count
$7.50 $5.13
Potassium Chloride ER
20 mEq, 30 count
$11.52$20.94
Clopidogrel Bisulfate (generic Plavix)
75 mg, 30 count
$7.50 $4.16
Ibuprofen
800 mg, 30 count
$6.31$4.59
Meloxicam
15 mg, 30 count
$3.99$3.64
Rosuvastatin Calcium (generic Crestor)
20 mg, 90 count
$15.27 $18.32
Tramadol Hydrochloride (generic Ultram)
50 mg, 60 count
$7.55$6.27
Zolpidem Tartrate ER (generic Ambien CR)
12.5 mg, 30 count
$28.28$26.23
Warfarin
5 mg, 30 count
$4.00$4.00
Clonazepam (generic Klonopin)
0.5 mg, 30 count
$6.97$4.57
Propranolol Hydrochloride ER (generic Inderal LA)
60 mg, 30 count
$22.80$15.42
Glipizide
10 mg, 60 count
$3.99$4.97
Dextroamphetamine
10 mg, 60 count
$30.04$27.81
Cyclobenzaprine
10 mg, 30 count
$6.54$3.97
Methylphenidate (generic Ritalin)
20 mg, 60 count
$26.44$18.72
Duloxetine
60 mg, 30 count
$15.31$7.14
Azithromycin
250 mg, 6 count
$9.29$9.25
Ranitidine (generic Zantac)
150 mg, 60 count
$7.50 $7.51
Venlafaxine Hydrochloride (generic Effexor)
75 mg, 30 count
$8.10 $6.82

More Details

For several years, I’ve saved money using both GoodRx and RxSaver by RetailMeNot, formerly LowestMed. The results of this comparison surprised me because GoodRx has typically found the lowest prices from my personal experience.

Of course, your results may be different. The medications you take, dosage information and your location will all impact the price that you pay using the discounts that these services find.

That’s why I suggest that you take a few seconds to check the prices using both of the tools. If you don’t want to download the mobile apps, you can always use their websites: GoodRx.com and RxSaver.com. Just make sure to set your zip code to receive accurate prices.

Here’s how GoodRx and RxSaver by RetailMeNot work:

  • Search for your prescriptions on their websites or apps
  • Compare prices at nearby pharmacies and get free coupons
  • Show the coupon to your pharmacist to get the discount
GoodRx on desktop
RxSaver on desktop

If you use the GoodRx or RxSaver mobile apps, simply show the coupon to your pharmacist from your phone. But if you use their websites, make sure to print the coupon before you go to the pharmacy.

RxSaver sample coupon

GoodRx and RxSaver have become very popular recently, so your pharmacist should be familiar with them by now. But in the unlikely event that the pharmacist rejects your free coupon, here are the customer support numbers to call:

Contact information

Finally, another reason I like GoodRx and RxSaver is because you don’t have to hand over personal information to get the prescription drug savings. That means you don’t have to provide your name, email address, phone number or Facebook login information to use them.

Just enter the name of your medication, dosage information and your location using these free tools to see if you can lower your prescription drug costs today!

Do you use GoodRx or RxSaver by RetailMeNot to save money on your prescription drugs? Leave a comment below with your review and let me know your favorite!