Most people understand the importance of having a good relationship with their doctor, but they never think twice about their communication with their pharmacist.
While there are many benefits to taking prescription medication as directed by your doctor, you don’t want to do so until you are 100 percent clear of the impact on your mind, body and health.
Here are 10 questions every patient should ask his or her pharmacist about their medication:
- What type of impact can I expect it to have on my condition?
- Are there any specifics in regard to how and when to consume the medication?
- Is the medication associated with any recalls that I need to be concerned about?
- How long should I take the medication?
- Is there any ingredient that could result in an allergic reaction?
- Do I have to avoid any particular types of food, drinks or other medications when taking this one?
- Is it safe to take non-prescription drugs along with the medication?
- What are the most common (and most serious) side effects of the medication?
- What’s the best thing to do if I forget a dose?
- Are there any specific instructions for storing the medication?
You don’t have to ask these questions every time you visit your pharmacy. However, if you’re taking a new medication it’s a good habit to get into.
When you’re proactive with these questions, you lower your chances of taking a defective or dangerous drug.
If you still run into problems, consult with your medical team and pharmacist for a better idea of what to do next. You may find that you’re in a position to hold the negligent party responsible for prescribing the drug.