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Questions for the Pharmacist When Filling a New Prescription

  • Is this exactly what my doctor prescribed?
  • How often should I take this drug?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Does it matter what time of day I take this drug?
  • Is there anything I should avoid while taking this drug (such as driving or alcohol)?
  • How will it interact with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs I am taking?
  • How will it interact with vitamins, herbal supplements, or foods?
  • What side effects should I watch for?
  • What should I do if I have a bad reaction?
  • How should I store the drug?
  • If I feel better before I finish the prescription, should I continue taking this drug?
  • Are there other prescription, over-the-counter, or generic drugs I could take instead?
  • What else should I know about this drug?

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Reviewed by Andrew Seibert, MD on February 28, 2012

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