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Taking Medicines as Prescribed - Topic Overview

Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health, and perhaps your life, at risk.

Taking your medicines as your doctor says may include:

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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 re...

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  • What time you take them, such as in the morning or evening, or at 8 a.m. or 6 p.m.
  • How much you take, such as 2 tsp (10 mL) or 3 pills.
  • How you take them, such as with water, with food, or on an empty stomach.
  • How long you take them, such as for 2 months or until your doctor says to stop.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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