Use These Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist

Your pharmacist can help you learn how to use your prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines safely and to increase the benefits and decrease the risks.  You can also use these tips when talking with your other healthcare professionals.


Tell your pharmacist:

  • Everything you use.  Keep a record and give it to your pharmacist.  Make sure you include all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbals and other supplements you use.  Your pharmacist will use this to keep his/her records up to date and to help you use medicine safely.
  • If you’ve had any allergic reactions or problems with medicines with dietary supplements, medicines with food, or medicines with other treatments.
  • Anything that could affect your use of medicine, such as if you have trouble swallowing, reading labels, remembering to use medicine or paying for medicine.
  • If you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.

— Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration