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Top questions to ask your pharmacist

Jennifer Newton Reents is a Registered Nurse and has a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is the former associate editor various print magazines, including Pregnancy Magazine, and continues to contribute to various national magazines t...

Asking the right questions

When taking medications, it's important to educate yourself on what you are putting into your body. Take charge and ask questions to ensure you know the risks and benefits as well as how this drug might affect you and your lifestyle.

Asking the right questionsHere are some questions from our experts and CVS/pharmacy that you should ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist to ensure the best possible outcome of treatment.

What you need to know

How can I find out more information about this drug?


Do I need to get up in the middle of the night to take this medication?


Do I take it with food or without?


What does my medication do and how long does it take to do this?


What are the risks associated with taking this medication?


Is there a generic form of this medication?


How many times a day should the medication be taken and how much should be taken in one dose?


What are my options other than medication?


What do I do if I miss a dose or take too much?


Should I avoid alcohol, any herbs, foods, or medications, or activities while taking the drug?


What are the common side effects and is there a way to reduce the chance of them developing? And what side effects should I contact you about if they occur?


Can I take this medication if I get pregnant or breastfeed?


What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?


What symptoms suggest the dosage should be changed or the medication stopped?


How should I store my medications?


When it's time to go off the medication, does the dosage need to be reduced gradually. What will happen if I just stop taking it?


(Pharmacist Lisa Meny and CVS/pharmacy Pharmacy Manager Henry Cohen contributed to this information.)



**Please ensure to check with your healthcare providor before taking any medications or supplements or making changes to your diet. This article is for informational purposes only and should in no way replace advice from your healthcare provider.

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