Whether we’re searching Google, asking Alexa, or posting on multiple social media channels, we love to ask questions. Except when it comes to our medication.
A J.D. Power study showed that only 10% of people talk to a pharmacist when ordering or getting their medications.
At Drug Mart Pharmacy, we love to answer questions about medications and over-the-counter remedies. Here are 7 questions that you may ask the pharmacist the next time you pick up your medication.
1. What is the name of the medication, and what is it used for?
It is important to know the name of your medication, so that you can accurately identify it when picking it up from the pharmacy. Additionally, knowing what the medication is used for can help you understand why your doctor prescribed it, and how it will help you manage your condition.
2. How should the medication be taken? And what happens if I miss a dose?
Different medications have different instructions for use, such as how often to take them, whether they should be taken with food, and whether they should be taken at a specific time of day. Your pharmacist can provide you with detailed instructions on how to take your medication correctly, so that you can get the most benefit from it. If you forget to take a dose at the scheduled time, your pharmacist can help you get back on track so that you get the full benefits of your medication.
3. What are the possible side effects of the medication?
All medications can have side effects, and it is important to be aware of what they are so that you can take steps to manage them. Your pharmacist can provide you with information on the most common side effects of your medication, as well as what to do if you experience them.
4. Are there any interactions with other medications or supplements?
Some medications can interact with other medications or supplements, which can either reduce the effectiveness of the medication or cause harmful side effects. Your pharmacist can let you know if there are any known interactions with your medication, so that you can make any necessary adjustments to your medication regimen.
5. How should the medication be stored?
Different medications have different storage requirements, such as whether they should be stored in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator. Your pharmacist can provide you with information on how to store your medication correctly, so that it stays fresh and effective.
6. How long should the medication be taken?
Some medications are meant to be taken for a short period of time, while others are meant to be taken for a longer period of time. Your pharmacist can let you know how long your medication should be taken, and what you should expect in terms of improvement of your symptoms.
7. Are there any alternative medications available? Is there a more affordable option?
Some medications are available in more than one form, and your pharmacist can let you know if there are any alternative medications available for your condition. Additionally, your pharmacist can also provide you with information on any over-the-counter options that may be available. If you’re having trouble affording your medication, your pharmacist can recommend more affordable options, such as generics. At Drug Mart Pharmacy, our pharmacists proactively look for resources to make sure you always pay the least amount out-of-pocket.
In conclusion, it is important for people to ask their pharmacist about their medication and how it should be taken. The pharmacist can provide important information that can help patients manage their condition more effectively and avoid any potential side effects or interactions. By asking these seven questions, you can ensure you have all the information you need to use the medication safely and effectively.