Top 10 Things You Must Know about the Medicine You Are Taking

 

topten spot-smMost pharmacists, physicians, and consumer advocates believe that to ensure safe medication use, all patients must know important information about the medicines they are taking. Here is a list of the “top ten” questions you should have answered before beginning any new medication:

  1. What are the brand and generic names of the medication?
  2. What is the purpose of the medication and is this medication meant to replace any other drug that I am already taking?
  3. What is the strength and dosage? How should I store the medication?
  4. What are the possible adverse effects? What should I do if they occur?
  5. Is there any other medication I should avoid while using this product?
  6. I am allergic to _______ . Should I take this medicine?
  7. How long should I take this medication? What outcome should I expect?
  8. When is the best time to take the medication?
  9. What do I do if I miss a dose?
  10. Should I avoid any foods while taking this medication?

 

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Created on March 28, 2012