Before leaving the doctor’s office, read the prescription. Make sure you understand what you are taking, why, and how you should take it.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, vitamins and supplements you take on a regular basis. You don’t want any one thing to interfere with another product.
Remind your doctor and pharmacist of any drug allergies, as well.
Use one pharmacy, if possible. Then your pharmacist knows what prescriptions you are taking, which reduces your chances of adverse drug interactions and accidental overdoses.
Find out if there are any foods you should avoid while taking a medication.
Ask the best time of day to take the medication, as some medications can cause drowsiness.
If the pills look different, ask your pharmacist about it. Sometimes your pharmacist will switch a brand name drug for a generic. Most of the time, it is not an issue, but if you are concerned talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medication, purchase a pill holder that organizes your medications into their proper days and times. Keep all the bottles so you still have information on how to take the drug.
Keep your medications away from children! Place them in areas that are difficult for young children to reach. Ask the pharmacy for child-safe lids.
If several members in your household take medications, keep them in separate areas to avoid confusion.
Never use a medication that was not prescribed to you. You could be allergic to it or it could react negatively with something else you are taking.
Discard prescribed medications by their expiration date.