Call to Schedule Your Consultation
Pharmacist Questions

Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist and/or Doctor

Consult Our Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney If You Need Help

When a patient is prescribed a medication by a doctor it is important that the patient take it as directed. Also of importance is the responsibility of the doctor and the pharmacist to make sure the patient understands the directions. The prescribing doctor should make sure the patient understands the risks associated with this medication. The pharmacist should be available to answer any questions the patient has.

Below are important questions that you should feel comfortable in asking of your pharmacist or doctor:

What is the name of the medication? Should I take a generic form of the medicine? Be sure to know both the generic and brand name of the drug. There may be subtle differences in a generic drug that could affect how it works for you. Always make sure that the doctor is familiar with all of the medications that you may be taking.

What is the correct way to take this medication? Understand how often you should take the medicine, the correct dosage, if you should take it with food, anything you should avoid, and what to do if you miss a dose.

How do I store the medicine? When does it expire? Some medicines require refrigeration, some may need to be kept free of moisture or heat, so be sure to look for storage instructions on the label or ask your pharmacist. Also be aware of expiration dates on your medications. The effectiveness of the medicine can be compromised if expired.

Are there any foods, drinks, other medications or supplements that I should avoid while taking this medication? Many medicines have detrimental effects when combined with alcohol or certain foods. Additionally, your medicine may have harmful side effects when interacting with some over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and other prescription drugs. Certain combinations can either exaggerate the effect or lessen the effect of medication.

Are there any activities I should avoid while taking this medication? Some medications may affect your ability to drive a car, operate heavy machinery or exercise. Certain medications require that the user avoid sunlight.

What are potential allergic reactions to this medicine? What are the potential side effects? You should always alert a doctor and pharmacist to any allergic reactions you may have. It’s best to be aware of side effects of your prescription and what to do if you begin experiencing such symptoms.

Is this medication safe if I am (or become) pregnant or if I am breastfeeding? Some medications (over-the-counter and prescription) are not safe if you are or plan to become pregnant. Additionally, some drugs will pass through breast milk and may not be safe for a child.

How long should I take this medicine? Some medicines, such as antibiotics require that you take every dose. Other medicines should only be used if needed or until symptoms disappear. Some medicines should not be refilled without a follow up doctor’s visit or without medical testing. Also ask about when you will begin to see results from the medicine.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Association for Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Accredited Business A+

Clients Believe Brett Oppenheimer Is the Right Choice

  • “I value the input & advice from the well informed friends & legal confidants I've had the pleasure to get to know and work with as well as learn from!”

    - Hill
  • “Thank you for receiving my call today re: my sons OPIOID Case; your knowledge, wisdom and understanding mean more to me than I can express. This epidemic is a very lonely Journey walking it alone; I ...”

    - Jayne C.
  • “Brett and Laurie were very professional and definitely caring. After working with them, my thought was right. I will recommend this dynamic team to anyone in need of legal help. Their service is excellent.”

    - Kim C.
  • “You helped me navigate the negotiation process with the insurance company …you were really helpful and transparent about everything. Thanks so much!”

    - Moshe O.
  • “This is an emotional and invasive process…Thank you for your assistance and candor! You guys are awesome.”

    - Richard B.

You Can Count on Brett

  • Respected by His Peers, Loved by His Clients
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Kentucky
  • Personal Involvement From Start to Finish
  • Over 25 Years of Legal Experience
  • Rave Client Reviews
  • No Recovery, No Fee

Contact Us Today!

All Consultations are Free and Confidential
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.