have time to answer questions you have about the prescription.
According to Medscape, doctors spend thirteen to sixteen
minutes with each patient. This isn’t a lot of time to review symptoms, perform an exam,
and discuss medications. Therefore, your pharmacist can be your best source of
information about a new prescription. Pharmacists have more knowledge about
medicines than do any other medical specialists. They complete three years of
undergraduate work studying science and then earn a doctorate from an accredited
These experts are your best defense against prescription errors. Take time to consult
with your pharmacist whenever you receive a new drug. Cover these basic questions:
- Will this medication conflict with other medications I take?
- What is this medication prescribed for, and what can I expect it to do? (You may be expecting a total remission of symptoms from the drug, but the drug may only reduce symptoms.)
4. If the side effects become intolerable, what should I do?
5. Does this medication have any special storage considerations?
6. Since I’m on several drugs, can I take them all at the same time?
7. Is a generic version of the drug available?
8. Should I take the medication with food?
9. What if I miss a dose?
10. What can I expect if I stop taking the drug