you accept a prescription for a medication from your provider,
make sure he or she is aware of any allergies to any medications
You also need to tell your provider about all of the other medications
you are currently taking, if you are pregnant and if you have any
specific problems with medications you have previously taken.
sure to take your medication responsibly. That means researching
or asking about the side effects, learning what medications don’t
mix, and making sure you follow the dosage instructions. Talk to
your provider about any concerns you have with your medications.
If you are unsure about how long to take your medicine, if you
need to take it at a certain time of day, and if you only need
the medicine while you experience symptoms; those are all helpful
questions that your provider will be able to answer for you. As
a matter of fact, the FDA recommends that you ask your provider
following questions before starting a new medication:
- What is
the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
and when do I take it, and when do I stop taking it?
- What foods,
drinks, or other medications should I avoid while taking the
- Should the medication be taken with food
or on an empty stomach?
- Is it safe to drink alcohol while on
- What are the side effects, and what should
I do if they occur?
- Is a Patient Package Insert available for
of questions taken from NIMH Medications Publication No. 02-3929/
Rev. April 2002, reprinted September 2002
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