When picking up your medication for the first time, make sure you receive printed information about the product and its side effects. Be confident before taking the first dose that you know everything you need to know to stay safe.
Pharmacists are available to address any concerns you might have. With their help if needed, make sure you know the answer to the following questions:
- Why am I taking this medication, and what is it supposed to do?
- What is the brand name of this medication? Is this the generic brand? What is is called?
- What should this medication look like?
- How much should I take? How often? What time of day?
- It says to take one every 3-4 hours. Should I take doses overnight?
- Where should I store it?
- How long should I be on this drug?
- Is it addictive? If so, are there any precautions I can take in advance to avoid becoming dependent?
- Are there any other medications, supplements, foods or drinks I should avoid while on this medication?
- What are the side effects of this medication, and how can I prevent them?
- If a side effect does occur, what should I do?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- Are there any drugs I am currently taking that I should stop taking while on this medication? Does it replace previous meds?
- How soon should I check back in with my doctor?
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This article is not intended to give medical advice as that can only be given by a licensed physician.
Do not discontinue the use of any prescribed medication without first consulting your physician.