5 Questions to ask your pharmacist

5 Questions to ask your pharmacist

1. What is the name of my medicine and how should I take is?

· Ask the Pharmacist to explain all the instructions on your prescription label.
· Most patients misunderstand the instructions on how to take their medicines.

2. What information do I need to know regarding the current medicines I am taking besides the one just prescribed?

· Share with your doctor or the Pharmacist the names or list of all the other medicines including vitamins and herbal supplements you are already taking.
· Did you know that about 50 percent of hospital medication errors occur because patients have not informed their Doctors and Pharmacists about the other medications they are already taking?
· Drug interactions do occur and can be fatal to some extent, it is therefore critical to always disclose to your Doctor or the Pharmacist what other medicines you already have.

3. When should I take this medication?

· The time of the day you take your medicine can affect how well your medicine works, therefore ask your Pharmacists about what time to take your medicines
· Did you know that taking certain blood pressure medicines at night may help control blood pressure better, reducing the chances of getting stroke or heart attack!

4. What are the possible and most common side-effects of this medicine?

· Know your risks. Drugs have minor, moderate and severe side-effects. Ask your Pharmacist about all the side-effects, and how to deal with them.

5. What should I do if I miss a dose or take a dose incorrectly?

· It is inappropriate or rather dangerous to take double dose when one has missed their dose. Double dose does not compensate for the missed dose, but rather exposes the patient to a higher than prescribed dose which could result in toxic effects in the body.
· Depending on the type of drug, your pharmacist will give you best advice.

Safety is always the best medicine! Stay safe! Ask

  • l Retšelisitsoe Nkhahle is Mosotho pharmacist based in Botswana. She is pursuing an Msc.

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