When buying a drug, it is important to consult with your pharmacist so that you can buy the correct medication and be able to safely use it. While the basic rules for applying a good service (i.e. courteous with the seller), in the pharmacy, when you have some additional ways to get the best (and most secure) of service. This applies to over-the-counter medicines, which can be bought independently without the help of a doctor (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, coldbreaks), and prescription medicines, which can not be bought without a prescription. (E.g., riazepam and barbiturates). By preparing to travel to the pharmacy, you can make your journey faster and more useful.
Preparing to Go to the Pharmacy
Make a list of all the medications, vitamins and supplements are you taking, no matter how harmless it may be. This applies to birth control pills as well. Bring the list with you
Remember to list things you may be taking, that’s ginseng or St. John’s Wort.
Make a list of your medical and allergic reactions, and any medical conditions you have. Bring the list with you, then show the pharmacist before buying new medicines.
Mention any food allergy that you may have, especially if you are lactose intolerant.
Bring a living and kidney status.
Some light antibiotics are OTC (over-the-counter). When buying any of these, it is very important to inform pharmacists if you have a history of hypersensitivity or abnormal reactions for any antibiotic.
Inform the pharmacist about someone else’s age for which you are buying a medicine.
Know the common names and active ingredients of the medicines you use most often. For example, the generic name “acetylsalicylic acid” can be sold under aspirin, asparan, acetylsal or many other brands.
The best way to do this is to write a generic name on the note card because many drugs have similar names. This will ensure that you do not take the wrong medication.
Know the “active ingredients” of your favorite drugs and also add them to your list.
This information will save you time by coming to the pharmacy. Take a few minutes at home to write it.
Interacting with Your Pharmacist
Show your information to the pharmacist. After taking the time to compile the information in Part One, make sure you bring it to the pharmacy and show the pharmacist.
Tell your pharmacist whether you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
Your pharmacist also wants to see your insurance information. Is it ready to go?
Your pharmacist will need to keep your information in front, so make sure you do it first!
Ask about generics. There are generic versions of many medicines, such drugs which do not have a brand name, which are cheap and as effective as they are.
By mentioning the common name of a drug, you will help the pharmacist suggest the proper choice.
If the pharmacist provides a specific medication for your condition, then ask for the alternative with the same active ingredient. Often there are cheaper alternatives for expensive drugs, their only negative aspect is their less famous manufacturers.
Check the label of the drug and verify the dose. First, make sure you have the required medication. When buying prescription medicines, ask the pharmacist to write the appropriate dose for each of them on the package. This way the pharmacist will be able to correct any possible mistakes on the prescription. It will also save you from overlapping of potentially dangerous or deadly medication, which can harm you.
Confirm that you understand that “as is guided” means that if you give instructions to use medication, “only as guided”. If you are not sure, ask the pharmacist.
Each drug has a maximum daily dose, which is indicated in the patient sheet.
Never make changes (increase or decrease) in your dose prescribed by your doctor or your pharmacist.
Ask questions about your medication. Your pharmacist can answer different questions about what to take, and how to take it. Many pharmacies have a special area to talk to the pharmacist. Use this area to speak with pharmacists without any interruption. Pharmacists are well trained to interact with their clients, and spend a lot of time on school education during this school year. Take advantage of their expertise. Consider some of the following questions:
Is there any interaction between the medicines I am currently taking and what I am buying?
Need to store my medication in a particular way or place?
What are the potential side effects of medication? What can I do to avoid them?
Should I take my medicine with food? Liquid substance?
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?