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Tips for Talking to Your Pharmacist
Use these tips for talking with your pharmacist. Your pharmacist can help you learn how to use your prescription and nonprescription medicines safely. Up to half of all people take their medication ineffectively because of missing information. Communication is key. You can download "A Dozen Questions to Help You Understand Your Medicines" and take it with you on your next visit to your doctor or pharmacist. Here are some pointers on what information to give and get:
TELL your pharmacist:
- About all medications and supplements you take. Keeping accurate records will help your pharmacist guide you on how to take medication safely.
- If you have ever had any problems taking medication alone or in combination with dietary supplements, foods or other treatments.
- If you’re had any difficulty with your medications, such as trouble reading labels or swallowing pills, forgetting does, or inability to pay for your medication.
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
ASK your pharmacist:
- How to use a new medication. Helpful questions might include: When should I take the medication? Should I take it with food? What are the side effects and what should I do about them?
- If there are any special instructions for use of a medicine, such as avoidance of other drugs, supplements, foods, drinks or activities.
- If children’s medications can be flavored to make them taste better.