Ask your Doctors
- What are the generic and brand names of the medication?
- Why do I need to take it? Are there alternatives in terms of potency or cost?
- How often should I take it?
- What time of day should I take it?
- Should I take it on an empty stomach or with meals?
- Where should I store the medication?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- How long should I expect to take the medication?
- What are the side effects should I expect?
- Will the medication interfere with driving, working or other activities?
- Does the medication interact with any foods, alcohol, other medications (including over-the-counter medications), or activities?
- Inform the Doctor of any and all other medicine you are taking and whether you have any allergies for the pre-existing medical conditions
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding
- Do not discontinue medicines without the advice of your doctor
- Find out if any food is to be avoided when taking a particular medicine
- If you have any doubts about the medication prescribed to you, clear it with your doctor
- Ask the doctor to explain your prescription to you if you have any doubts about it.
- It is advisable to make a note of clarifications required from the doctors
When you are in home
- Try to purchase your medicine in its entire ‘strip form’. This allows you to read the name of the medicine and its expiry date
- Some medicines may be purchased only with a prescription. These laws are in place to protect you from adverse drug incidents
- Keep all your medicines in a designated area, out of reach from infants and children
- Store medicines away from direct sunlight in a cool dark place to maintain its potency. Some medicines need to be kept in a refrigerator, do not keep in the deep freezer as it effects the potency of the medicine.
- Separate and discard expired medicine
- Keep a log or history of all medication consumed daily. Use ‘pill box’ that is pre-filled daily avoids confusion and prevents overdose
- Contact your Doctor in case you experience adverse effects
When you are travelling
- Keep medications in their original containers in your carry-on luggage when you travel
- Always keep your medications along with you. If you keep the medicine in checked baggage keep extra dose with cabin baggage’s.