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Are you asking your pharmacist these questions?

Although you trust your doctor and pharmacist to do the right things in regards to your health, there's something you must always remember: Mistakes can happen.

Fortunately, by asking your pharmacist the following questions, you can ensure you are informed at all times:

  • What is the name of the medication I am receiving and what is it supposed to do for my health?
  • Can you explain any side effects associated with the medication, as well as what I should do if I experience them?
  • Is there anything in the drug that could cause an allergic reaction?
  • Do I need to avoid any particular foods or drinks, such as alcohol, when taking the medication?
  • Is it okay to take other medications, both prescription and nonprescription, along with the drug?
  • What should I do in the event that I forget to take the medication as directed?
  • Are there any specific instructions in regards to the best way to store the medication?

It's easy to get into the habit of thinking you know everything about the medication a doctor has prescribed, but this is a mistake that could jeopardize your health in the future. Your pharmacist should be able to help you better understand the drug, so make sure you take full advantage of his or her knowledge.

If for any reason you suffer an illness as the result of your prescription medication, make sure you seek immediate medical assistance. This will ensure that you do whatever it takes to combat the issue. From there, turn your attention to the cause of the mishap and your legal rights.

Source: UPMC, "Questions all Patients Should ask Their Pharmacist about Their Medications," accessed April 02, 2018

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