Top Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist

african american pharmacist(BlackDoctor.org) — When getting a new prescription filled, it is always helpful to take a little time to speak with the pharmacist about your new medication. There is a lot of information floating around about prescription drugs, and it can sometimes be difficult to decipher it on your own.

Yes, a lot of helpful information can be found in the patient information included with the medication, but it is always helpful to ask questions to an actual human as well.

Here are a few important questions to ask the pharmacist that will help get your therapy off to a great start.

What is this medication for?

Not only does this question ensure that the physician wrote the correct prescription for your condition, but it also helps make sure that the pharmacist filled the prescription with the right medication. A very common mistake in filling a prescription occurs when two medication names look alike or sound alike. These kinds of mistakes can easily be caught at the time of consultation. Chances are, the pharmacist won’t try to diagnose you at the counter. But they can let you know what the medication is commonly used for. By getting a consultation, you will find out which medication you are getting and you can catch the pharmacist’s mistake in case you are being dispensed the wrong medicine.