Before seeing your doctor consider having a medication review with your pharmacist. They will provide you with a complete list of all the medications you are taking, including your non-prescription medications, vitamins and natural medicines.
Before starting any medication, it is important that you know the most about the medication you are taking. We’ve pulled together a list of some key points you might want to consider asking your doctor or pharmacist about any new medication:
When you go to the pharmacy to pick up your medication, consider asking your pharmacist to answer any of the questions you may have about this medication.
The pharmacist should also advise you on how and when to take it. They will give you an information sheet about your medicine.
Your pharmacist will help you understand the information you have been given about the medicine. Remember your pharmacist is there to help answer any of the questions you may have.
When you buy medication over-the-counter without a prescription, it’s always best to talk to your pharmacist. There are many medications that can be a problem with common over-the-counter medications.
Before going to the hospital have a complete list of your medications and if they ask you, bring your medication in their original pill bottles.
Many of the same questions we talked about in the ‘At the doctor’s’ section apply at the hospital too. It’s always best to ask if you’re unsure – nothing is trivial if it’s bothering you.
There are also a few extra things to bear in mind when you’re at the hospital. It sounds obvious to say but it’s crucial you don’t let anyone give you medication without them first checking your hospital identification bracelet. This will help ensure you don’t get someone else's medication.
If you’re having a test or a procedure, it’s a good idea to ask if it will require any dyes or medicines in case you’re allergic to anything they’re intending to use.
When it’s time for you to leave hospital, some people find it helpful to ask the doctor, nurse or pharmacist to talk you and/or a family member through each medication. Some of your medications may change when you leave the hospital. Always check with your pharmacist if there are medications you should stop and bring back any unused medications to the pharmacy to destroy them.
Once you’re at home and getting started with your medicine, it’s still really important to follow the instructions you’ve been given.
We all lead busy lives but if medicines are not taken correctly, they might not work properly. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to help make sure your medicine will work as well as it can do:
*Teva is not a healthcare provider, and the information contained on this website cannot replace a doctor’s advice or treatment. You should always consult a health professional for advice about treatment or other medical advice for yourself or your loved ones.