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With a long list of demands on your budget, it might feel tempting to delay picking up a prescription. But missing out on your medication, even for a few days, could put you at risk of having another stroke.

All the medication you are given, such as blood-thinners and blood pressure tablets, is vital to help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of another stroke.

In England, there is a charge for each item on a prescription. This can mount up if you are prescribed several types of medication.

First, find out what help you can get.

Go to the NHS eligibility checker to see what you might be entitled to.

In all parts of the UK, many people can get free or reduced cost prescriptions and other health charges like dental treatment. This includes:

  • If you are over 60.
  • If you are on certain benefits.
  • If you are on medication for diabetes or epilepsy.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all prescriptions are free of charge.

Exemption certificates

You often need to apply for a certificate to receive free treatment.

Read more about help with health costs to find out how to apply for the different types of exemption certificate. This includes:

  • Medical exemption certificates for people with certain disabilities, diabetes and epilepsy, and the maternity exemption certificate.
  • The NHS Low Income Scheme is open to people who are on a low income but not entitled to benefits.

Prescription Prepayment Certificates are available in England only. Anyone can buy one. It works out at around £10 per month or less for an annual certificate. You can buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate online or at a pharmacy.

Who can I ask?

Your local pharmacist can give you advice about your medicines, including help with paying for prescriptions. Speak to your GP or stroke nurse if you are worried about missing out on treatments. Call our Helpline for suggestions about finding help after a stroke and someone to talk to.

Read more about the financial help available after a stroke.

Read our detailed information about benefits and financial help.