Lets Talk About Prescriptions Month

“This observance helps remind us as consumers to stay informed about the medication we use, and we encourage you to use this month as inspiration to get a little savvier about your Rx meds, OTCs, and even dietary supplements. Take some time to review the drug facts, and learn how to take your medications correctly.” https://www.nclnet.org/october_talk_about_prescriptions_month

“If you are one of the millions of Americans who takes a prescription medicine, ask yourself: “Do I fully understand the benefits and potential risks of the medicines I’m taking?” If your response is “no,” you are not alone. Recent survey data from NCPIE show:

85% of healthcare professionals report that their patients adhere to their treatment plans, but only 56% of patients report high to very high adherence.Approximately 62% of patients and caregivers are not aware of any safety warnings about their medicines. Yet, almost every medication comes with potential risks and side effects—some mild, some more serious—that are important to be aware of and informed about.

Better communication between you and your healthcare providers about the medications you take can help you to:

Understand medication side effects—for example, which ones, if any, will go away with time and those that may be experienced for the duration of being on the medicine.

Avoid adverse drug reactions.

Improve adherence to medicine regimen(s).

Live healthier lives.

Be proactive in asking questions of your healthcare provider, especially if you are receiving a new prescription for a new medication. Asking the following questions can help you understand how your medicine may affect you, before you start taking it. It’s also helpful to keep and share an up-to-date list of all medicines you’re taking with your healthcare providers at every visit.” http://www.bemedwise.org/talk-about-your-medicines-month/2015\

“As your doctor writes you a prescription, get your pen and paper ready! You might need to take notes as he answers some of your questions, which might include:

§ What time of day should I take this medication?

§ Is there a generic version of this medication? (This might help keep the out-of-pocket costs down, as generic medication is often cheaper than brand name medications)

§ Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid while taking this medication?

§ When will the medication begin working?

§ Are there any side effects I should be aware of?

At the Pharmacist:

Did you know a survey of 5,200 licensed pharmacists in the U.S. found that less than half their working time was spent filling prescriptions? Six out of 10 pharmacists provide medication therapy management to help patients like us understand our medicines.

  • Does this medication require refills? If so, how often do I need to do so?

  • How should I store this medication?

  • What happens if I miss a dose?

Of course, feel free to ask your doctor or pharmacist any additional questions you might have. By communicating with these providers frequently, you can ensure every medication fits your individual needs. Also, remember that these medicines were prescribed just for you, and it is dangerous to share prescription medicines with others.”



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