5 Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist Every Time You Start a New Prescription
Starting a new prescription drug may not seem like a big deal, but when you think about it, you are introducing a new substance into your body and must act as consciously as possible. Ideally, your healthcare provider should talk with you about any possible side effects of the medication, but there is more to be aware of – and not all of this is on the prescription label.
This is why it is advisable to speak with a pharmacist when getting a new prescription. This is your chance to take advantage of their experience, so when they ask you if you have any questions, go ahead and ask.
But what if your mind is empty and you don’t know what to ask about? In an email to Lifehacker, Susan Peppers, pharmacist and vice president of Express Scripts Pharmacy , shared five key questions we should ask our pharmacists before starting a new drug. Here’s what you need to know.
Questions to ask your pharmacist when you get a new prescription
If you want to get the most out of your time with your pharmacist, especially when you start taking a new medication, Peppers recommends asking the following questions:
1. Can this medication interact with my vitamins and supplements?
When discussing a new medication with your pharmacist, be sure to mention all vitamins and supplements you are currently taking. “Talk to your pharmacist about any medications you are taking, especially if you have been prescribed any new medications, to confirm that the over-the-counter medications or supplements will interfere with you,” Peppers says.
2. I am taking multiple medications. What do I need to know?
The same is true here: your pharmacist cannot give you the most accurate information about your new prescription unless you tell him what you are already taking. “If you are taking multiple medications for a chronic condition, you should talk to your pharmacist anytime there are changes in your medication regimen to check for possible drug interactions, drug overlaps or treatment gaps,” Peppers explains. …
3. Could this recipe make me unstable on my feet?
It’s important to know if your new medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. And that’s not all: “There are other hazards in the home that can cause falls, especially if the person is getting old and needs to get up often at night,” Peppers notes. “A pharmacist can provide advice on home safety to avoid an accident.”
4. Sometimes I forget to take my medicine. Which reminder works?
Everyone has their preferred methods to stay on top of things, but if you’re having trouble remembering your medication, Peppers says your pharmacist can offer digital tools like a reminder app to help you remember to take your medication. …
5. Is there a more affordable option for my recipe?
Prescription drugs can be very expensive, especially without health insurance. Therefore, if you cannot afford prescription leave, ask your pharmacist if there are any other options, such as generics, less expensive formulary drugs, or a discount code.