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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?
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