Know Your Prescriptions
If your doctor prescribes medicine for you, make sure you’ve told him or her about any other medicines you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. You also need to talk about any allergies you have or any side effects you’ve had with other drugs.
When you get a new prescription, make sure you understand what your doctor is prescribing, why you need to take it, and how often you should take it.
When your doctor prescribes a new medication, find out:
When you pick up your prescription, ask the pharmacist:
You should schedule a followup visit with your doctor to track your progress. If you’ve gotten any new prescriptions from other doctors or have started taking new over-the-counter medications, be sure to let your doctor know during your office visit.
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