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Your Prescription - What You Need to Know

If your doctor prescribes medicine for you, make sure you’ve told him or her about any other medicines you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. You also need to talk about any allergies you have or any side effects you’ve had with other drugs.When you get a new prescription, make sure you understand what your doctor is prescribing, why you need to take it, and how often you should take it.

When your doctor prescribes a new medication, find out:

When you pick up your prescription, ask the pharmacist:

You should schedule a followup visit with your doctor to track your progress. If you’ve gotten any new prescriptions from other doctors or have started taking new over-the-counter medications, be sure to let your doctor know during your office visit.

Medication Diary

A Medication Diary can be helpful tool for tracking your medications and sharing important information with doctors, family members and other health care providers.

Be sure to keep this record up-to- date, and to keep a copy with you at all times, as well as a copy at home.

How to create a Pill Card (Link to AHRQ)

By providing your doctor with this completed record during each of your appointments, you are ensuring that they are able to properly prescribe medications for you.

Taking Your Medication Properly

In order for medications to work properly they must be taken correctly. Many things can affect how medications work:


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