November 25, 2002
Avoiding a Medication Mix-up
Questions to ask your pharmacist
(HealthDayNews) -- Medications can react adversely with each another and with different foods.
When you are prescribed a new drug, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests you ask your doctor or pharmacist the following questions:
- What is the name of the medicine and what's it for?
- Is it ok to substitute a less-expensive generic medicine for the name brand?
- Are there foods, drinks, or other medicines I should avoid while taking this drug?
- What are the possible side effects and what should I do if they occur?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- What should I do if I accidentally take more than I'm supposed to?
- Have you got any written information for me?