Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist

 

What are the drug's brand and non-brand (generic) names?

 

What is the active ingredient?

 

Is a generic version available? If so, can I take one?

 

How and when should I take it?

 

How much do I take?

 

How long should I use it?

 

What should I do if I miss a dose or use too much?

 

When will the medicine start working? How should I expect to feel?

 

Are there any special directions for using this drug?

 

Should I avoid any other medicines, dietary supplements, drinks, foods or activities when taking this medication?

 

Should I watch for allergic reactions or side effects? If so, what are the most common ones?

 

If I experience an allergic reaction or side effect, what should I do?

 

Will I need any tests to check the medicine’s effects (blood tests, X-rays, etc.)?

 

When will I need the tests?

 

How and where should I store this medicine?

 

 

Originally printed in EpilepsyAdvocate, Fall 2015.

 

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