Importance of Medications
- Medicine is often prescribed by doctors to help you with a specific medical problem.
- In order to be as effective as possible, you usually need to take them regularly and a certain way.
- It is important for you to take your medicine in the dose and at the times prescribed.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are having problems with a medicine, or want to stop taking it.
Bring all of your medicines, over the counter vitamins and pills to your doctor's visit - ideally in the bottles. Bring a list and friends or family to help keep track if it will make you feel better.
What you need to know:
- What is the medicine for?
- How often and when do I need to take it?
- How much do I need to take?
- How long will I need the medicine?
- Anything special about the timing or medicine that I need to know?
- With or without food?
- Anything I can’t or shouldn't do while taking the medicine?
What does your doctor need to know:
- Are another doctors treating you or prescribing you medicine?
- Any reactions/side effects or allergies to medicines?
- What other medicines, vitamins, over the counter pills are you taking?
- Have any of them changed?
- Any other problems with your current medicines?
- What is important to you about your medicines?
Follow your treatment plan Adhering to the medication regimen prescribed by your physician is important for your medications to work properly. Taking your medication in the dose and at the times prescribed can be very important to the action of the medication. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about problems you may be having with your medicines. Most problems can be avoided or solved if you know what to watch out for and if you talk with your doctor about what is happening. Tell your doctor if you are not taking your medication as directed. For example, some people may stop taking their medicine, take a lower dose, or skip doses if they are having side effects. Your doctor needs to know about any changes in your treatment plan. Do not let guilty feelings or embarrassment keep you from telling your doctor this important information.
How Your Pharmacist can Help
Try to use one pharmacy for all of your medication needs.
Give your pharmacist a complete list of all of your medicines, supplements and home remedies to check if there are any interactions.
- Ask questions when you pick up medicines so you know
- The name of the medicine and what it is for
- How and when to take the medicine, how much to take and for how long.
- What food, drinks, other medicines, or activities you should avoid while taking the medicine
- What side effects the medicine may cause, and what to do if they occur
- What to do if you miss a dose
Call your pharmacist and doctor if you are having problems with a medicine, can no longer afford, or want to stop taking it
Storing your medications
Store all of your medications in a designated location in your residence.
Do not mix different medications together in one container.
Medicines should be stored in a cool, dry area. Do not store your medications in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom or in the kitchen because the heat and moisture may cause deterioration. Instead, store your medications in a designated area in your living room or bedroom.
Expired medications (there are expiration dates on all your medications) and any medication that your doctor has discontinued should be discarded.
Never share or give your medications to another person.
Prescription Prior Authorization Request Form
New law effective 1/1/2015 requires a single prescription drug prior authorization form to be used for commercial patients. All requests for drugs requiring prior authorization must be completed on this form.
Mail Service Pharmacies
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