Get the most out of your medication
Know Your Drugs
Be in the know about what you're taking. Ask your pharmacist:
The medication's trade name and generic name.
How the drug works-the general effect it has on the body
and how that effect is achieved.
How you should take it. For example, some prescriptions
need to be taken on a full stomach, some can't be taken with
coffee or tea, etc.
When you should take it and what to do if you should
accidentally skip a dose.
How to store it. For example, some medications should not
be exposed to light for long periods of time and others must be
Interactions of the new prescription with other
prescriptions you are currently taking. You should also ask
about interactions with any herbal supplements, over-the-counter
medications or vitamins you are taking. Get an overview of all
of the possible interactions the drug may have, including
interactions with food and drinks like alcohol, tea and coffee.
If you are a smoker, ask about the drug's interaction with
For an information sheet about the medication or a
reliable resource you can refer to when you arrive home.
Your pharmacist's phone number if you have any questions.