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