Ask Your Pharmacist - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/02

Ask Your Pharmacist

When it comes to questions about drugs, you know where you can find one of your best resources? The pharmacist at your neighborhood drugstore.

"These are the five milligrams, so they are twice as strong as what you had before. Be aware of the drowsiness factor. You don't want to be driving when you are taking this. These are chewable tablets so she is going to chew two at a time," said Tom Nelson, a Pharmacist.

The Department of Consumer Affairs says people should take advantage of a pharmacist's knowledge about medications. In fact, new signs will be appearing at your local pharmacy this month, reminding you to ask questions about the medications you are taking. Here are their suggestions on what to ask:

  • How and when do I take the medicine?
  • What if I miss a dose?
  • Will it work safely with other medicines and vitamins?
  • What foods, drinks, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects?

Because if your medicine is bothering you and you just quit taking it, you could have serious problems down the road. Instead, talk to your pharmacist.

Another suggestion from the Department of Consumer Affairs is to put everything you are taking in a brown bag, prescriptions, vitamins, and all, and show it to your pharmacist. That way, he or she can explain if there might be some interaction.

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