What Questions Should I Ask My Pharmacist?
Pharmacists have consistently ranked among the most highly respected professionals in the country. According to a December 2007 USA Today/Gallup poll, pharmacists rank third as the nation’s most trustworthy professionals behind nurses and grade-school teachers. They are ranked ahead of military officers and medical doctors. Pharmacists are the best source for information about your medications. Below are questions you should ask your pharmacist at every visit to the pharmacy:
What is the name of my medication and what is it for?
• When and how do I take it? • When will the medicine begin to work? • How long should I take it? • Should I avoid alcohol, other medications, foods, or activities? • What are the common and severe side effects of this medication? • When should I seek help if symptoms persist? • Is there a generic version of the medication my doctor prescribed? • What if I forget to take my medication? • How should I store my medication? • Can I get a refill? When?
Your pharmacist will be able to answer these questions as well as any others you may have. Pharmacists are trained to act as your medication consultant. It is important for you to get your medicines from just one pharmacy, so all your records will be kept in the same place. Your pharmacist can examine all your medication records, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines, and make sure they do not harmfully interact with each other. Be sure to ask your pharmacist all these questions at your next visit. He or she will be happy to take time to speak with you.
**Information was adapted from the General Services Administration website For more information please visit this