6 questions to ask before taking a new medication
If you have been prescribed a new medication by your doctor, it is important for you to understand exactly what you are taking and how to take it correctly so it can work effectively.
To be sure you have all the information you need, ask your pharmacist these questions when filling a new prescription:
1. When should I take it?
2. What are the side effects?
3. Are there any possible interactions?
4. Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid?
5. What should I do if I miss a dose?
6. How long should I take it for?
You can also use MedAdvisor after speaking with your pharmacist to learn more about your medications, including:
- The active ingredient, brand name, strength and form
- An image of what the medication looks like
- Personalised directions from your pharmacist
- Full details of scripts and repeats
- Days supply indicator; and
- Consumer Medicine Information, including warnings and side-effects
This article was contributed by our medicine management partner MedAdvisor
MedAdvisor is a FREE app that connects you to your local pharmacy, giving you an automatic list of all of your medications. With MedAdvisor, you can pre-order your medications; receive reminders about when to take your medications or when to fill a script; and manage the medications of loved ones. For more information, click here.
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