If you’ve ever had to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy, you know it can be overwhelming. With an endless line behind you and the hustle and bustle behind the counter, it seems easier to just grab your medication and go. Meds can get complicated, so it’s essential to take time and ask about your medications. We sat down with one of our pharmacists, Jonathan, and he shared which questions you should be asking.
Why do I need to take this?
A trip to the doctor may have you running to the pharmacy for multiple prescriptions. Whether you’re dealing with the common cold or a more serious concern like high blood pressure, different medications treat different health problems. If you’re prescribed more than one medication, be sure to ask what they’re for.
What can I expect by taking this medication?
What you think a prescription will do and what it actually does are two different things. It’s good to know what you can expect by taking your meds, so you have a realistic idea of what it can do for you. Some medications are used to cure an illness while others are used to control your symptoms.
What if my schedule doesn’t allow me to take my meds as directed?
Pharmacists understand that not everybody works 9 to 5. Some people work nights or rotating shifts, and when medications call for doses at certain times of the day, it can be a hassle. If your schedule is unique, be sure to communicate that with your pharmacist. They can offer great advice and come up with a solution.
What if I forget to take my pills?
Following directions are essential to the success of the prescription. Taking the right dose at the right time will keep you safe and ensure the medication is working properly. If you think you might have trouble remembering to take your meds, ask your pharmacist about pill packs or other solutions that will help you remember.