How to get the most out of your Pharmacist

How to get the most out of your pharmacist

By: Alicyn Magruder and Alex Schmuke, PharmD Candidates 2016

What to talk to your pharmacist about:

  • Let your pharmacist know what conditions you have.
  • Tell your pharmacist if you are having any problems or side effects with your current medicines.
  • Before taking an over-the-counter (non-prescription) medication or herbal therapy, ask your pharmacist about any possible drug interactions or side effects.
  • Tell your pharmacist if you do not believe the medicine is helping.

Questions to ask your pharmacist:

  • What is the name of the medicine and what is it supposed to do?
  • How much of this medicine should I take?
  • When is the best time of day to take this medicine?
  • Should I take this medicine with or without food?
  • Are there foods or drinks that I should avoid while I am taking this medicine?
  • What side effects can I expect from this medicine?
  • Will this medicine interfere with any of my other medicines?
  • Will this medicine make any of my conditions worse?
  • What things should my doctor and I do to make sure this medicine is working properly?
  • How should I store this medicine?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • How long should I take this medicine?
  • Are there refills on the prescription?
  • Are there any over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines I should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • Ask about any concerns you have regarding taking this medicine.

For more information visit the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists tips on using your medicine wisely.