Your pharmacist is a source of information about your medications. In order to know the effective ways to take your medications for good results, we provide you with some important questions to ask your pharmacist when next you go to pick up your prescription.
1. Why do I Need this medication?
You may not understand why the doctor gave you the prescription either because you think you are fine or your symptoms are basic. But either way, your pharmacist may have valuable information that may educate you about your health.
2. How important is it to take my medication as prescribed?
There are some medications that are required to be taken:
i. At fixed intervals every day
ii. At a certain time of the day
iii. Within fixed days even when symptoms subsides
iv. Completely until the whole medications dispensed are consumed.
3. Is there a generic version?
Are you low on budget? Doctors often prescribe brand-name drugs, but you can save money with generics. Ask the pharmacist about these lower-cost options.
4. Is this medication safe for me?
Mention to the pharmacist any other medical condition you have, example Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, etc. Also, inform the pharmacist if you are pregnant or intending to get pregnant and any adverse reaction to any medications in the past.
5. Do I need to avoid any food or drink while taking the medication?
It is best to take all your medications with water and avoid taking your medications with Alcohol. Some medications are not to be taken with milk, fruit juice or Soft drinks. Other medications are best taken on an empty stomach.
6. Is there anything I should not do while taking this medication, like driving a car?
Quite a few drugs can make people dizzy or drowsy. You’ll want to know that before taking it.
7. What side effects are common with this medication?
You should always be aware of the side effects your medication may cause. Ask your pharmacist about them so you know what to expect. The Pharmacist will also be able to tell you if you can do anything to avoid those side effects, like taking it with food.
8. How should I store my medications?
Few drugs require proper refrigeration to maintain their quality. Most drugs don’t do well in very high temperature as such always keep and store them in a cool environment.
9. If you’re allergic to any substances, ask if the drug contains that substance.
10. What should I do to make my condition better?
Your pharmacist or doctor may also be able to share with you other things you can do besides taking medication that will help you to be healthier.
On your next visit to the pharmacy, remember to take a list of these questions and ask your pharmacist. This list may seem long, but if it keeps you safe and out of the hospital, then I think you’ll agree with me it is worth it.