Meridia that is prescribed by its regular name can be expensive, with the typical cost for a month's worth of medicine running at more than $100. If your prescription plan covers this cost, you need not worry about finding the means to pay for each month's prescription renewal. But if your plan doesn't cover this cost or if you don't have medical insurance to help defray this expense, you will need to find a way to fund this purchase out of pocket. One way to get a cheaper brand of Meridia is to ask for the generic version. Some doctors do not like to prescribe generic drugs, or they do not prescribe it for Meridia. But if your doctor is willing to let you try it, see about getting a generic substitute that can save a substantial amount of money with each prescription, especially if you take it over a period of several months' time. Generic medications typically have all of the same ingredients but the medication is packaged under a different name. Other generic variations include a variant combination of the key ingredients in popular medications that many people are unable to afford. Ask the doctor and your pharmacist to explain how the generic brand is different from the original, and what implications, if any, this might have for you when taking it. Chances are there will be no major differences in the way the pill affects you. But sometimes even a change in color that comes from food dye can cause certain people to experience a side effect, or rarely, a serious reaction. Just as you do with all medicines, be sure to promptly report any unusual symptoms or side effects to your doctor so he or she can determine whether you should continue taking the generic brand or a variant of the medication.