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We have prepared a list of questions that a consumer should ask before buying medicines in order to get comprehensive information about the drug. After all, medicines are not sweets; their choice must be approached very carefully.
Therefore, in order to get the maximum possible benefit from medication treatment, the patient should be ready to answer some questions of the pharmacist.
If you came to the pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor and to make sure you get the most out of your medication and eliminate potential problems associated with taking it, your pharmacist can ask you a few questions about your medical history. Be prepared to tell him about:
- cases of allergies or intolerances to drugs that have occurred in the past,
- other medicines that you take, as they may interact with the drug you are purchasing. Do not forget to mention medicines that are not only prescribed by a doctor, but also purchased without a prescription, for example, cough medicine, herbal extracts, dietary supplements, vitamins,
- any lifestyle factors, such as caffeine, alcohol, and smoking.
When buying a new medication:
Before you leave a pharmacy with a drug that you have not taken before, you should make sure that you know the answers to the following important questions:
- What is the new drug intended for?
- When are you supposed to be able to observe the effect of the drug?
- What are the most common side effects of the drug, how can you reduce the risk of occurrence, and what should be done if they appear?
- Can you abruptly stop taking the medicine if there are problems with its tolerance?
- What is the single dose?
- How many times should you take medicine during the day, what time of day is the best for taking it, and what should be the time interval between doses?
- How long should you wait before or after eating?
- What should I do if you forget to take a dose?
- Are there any foods, drinks, or other medicines that you should avoid using during treatment with the medicine?
- How to store the drug?
- How long should you take it?