Are There More Specific Questions I Should Ask About My Medications?
When you have a prescription medication filled, or select an over-the-counter medication, here is a more detailed list of questions you might want to ask your pharmacist.
- What am I taking this medicine for?
- What is the brand name and the generic name of this medicine?
- Can I take a generic version of this medicine?
- Does this new prescription mean I should stop taking any other medicines?
- How much of the medicine should I take and how often do I take it?
- Do I need to take it all, or should I stop when I feel better?
- How long will I take this medicine? Can I get a refill? How often can I get a refill?
- How should I store my medication? Do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?
- Are there any tests I need while I am on this medicine?
- When should the medicine start working? How can I tell if it is working?
- Are there certain foods, drinks (including alcohol), other medicine, or activities to avoid while I'm taking this medicine?
- What are the side effects? When should I tell the doctor about a problem or a side effect?
- What should I do if I have a side effect?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- What printed information can you give me about this medicine?
Here is a link to a form you can download and take with you to the pharmacy when you pick up a prescription medication: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Questions to Before Taking Medications