Talk with Your Pharmacist

Your pharmacist will talk with you about all prescription medications that have not been provided to you before.  You should know the answers to at least the following questions before taking prescription medications:

  • What is the name of the medicine and what is it supposed to do?
  • How and when do I take it and for how long?
  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are there any side effects?  What do I do if they occur?
  • Is there any written information available about the medicine?
  • Is this medication safe to take with my other medications?
  • Does this medication interact with any over-the-counter medications or supplements?
  • Are there any food, alcohol or laboratory interactions (such as when you take a blood test) with this medication?

A consultation with your pharmacist allows him or her to educate you about new-to-you medications and to protect you from potential problems associated with a new medication.  Your pharmacist can discuss possible side effects, contraindications and the importance of following directions.

Source:  California State Board of Pharmacy