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Medication Questions? Ask the Pharmacist

The pharmacy is more than a place to pick up your medicine. You can get answers to questions about your medicines too. Here are some tips.

Choosing Your Pharmacy

image for pill splitting articleChoose your pharmacy with the same care that you choose a doctor. It is best to use only one pharmacy. That way, your medicine records are at one location.

On your first pharmacy visit, answer questions about current and past health. Your pharmacist needs to know about:

Questions to Ask

Before taking any new medicine, make sure you can answer these questions:

Most liquid medicines come with a measuring device. Make sure you have one before you leave the pharmacy. If you do not have one, ask the pharmacist how to measure the dose you need. Do not use tableware, such as a tablespoon.

Some More Helpful Tips

RESOURCES:

American Pharmacists Association
https://www.pharmacist.com/

National Institute on Aging
https://www.nia.nih.gov

CANADIAN RESOURCES:

Canadian Pharmacists Association
http://www.pharmacists.ca

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
http://www.bcpharmacists.org

REFERENCES:

How to dispose of unused medicines. Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines. Accessed October 18, 2021.

Medicines: using them safely. Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: https://www.kidshealth.org/en/parents/medication-safety.html. Accessed October 18, 2021.

Stop, learn, go: tips for talking with your pharmacist to learn how to use medicines safely. Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you-drugs/stop-learn-go-tips-talking-your-pharmacist-learn-how-use-medicines-safely. Accessed October 18, 2021.

Last reviewed October 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board   Last Updated: 10/18/2021