On a busy day, picking up your prescriptions can be a process you rush to get done just like any other errand. But if you’re starting a new medication, talking to your pharmacist is an important part of using your medication properly. So what are the most important questions to ask?
Storing medication improperly can affect a medication’s efficacy. Speak to your pharmacist about proper storage procedures to ensure your prescribed medication does not expire prematurely.
Taking medication properly is vital for effective and safe use. If you have questions about when and how to take your medication, ask your pharmacist. They can answer any questions you have, and can provide tips for taking medications that may have complicated usage instructions.
According to the FDA, some non-prescription medications, supplements, and even foods can make your medication less effective. Speak with your pharmacist about over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take and your diet to determine if they will interfere with the efficacy of your prescription medication.
There’s a chance that you will at some point forget to take your medication at the right time — we’re only human after all. With this in mind, asking your pharmacist what to do if you miss a dose is a good way to be prepared, just in case. And remember, all dosing instructions are printed on the bottle sticker!