5 Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist

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? 

  1. What is the name of the medication?

    While your doctor will tell you the name of the medication that they are prescribing, there is a chance that what you are being prescribed will be generic — which might make it more difficult for you to identify and understand what it is you are taking. If you want more context related to your medication, ask your pharmacist if your medication has a brand name that you may be more familiar with.

  2. How should this medication be stored?

    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.

  3. How long should I take this medication, and how should I take it?

    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.

  4. Can anything interfere with medication efficacy?

    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.

  5. What should I do if I forget to take my 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!