Whatever you are going to the pharmacy for, there are some things to keep in mind when picking up your medication. Prescription medication can be dangerous if someone is given the incorrect type or the incorrect amount or dosage.
So, how do you make sure you are getting exactly what you need? Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your prescription medications.
1. Be aware of standard protocol.
Know that your local pharmacist has a quota to meet so if you are waiting more than 20 minutes for your prescription, that isn’t standard protocol and is probably too long. Most likely, your pharmacist is going to stick to the protocol and get you your prescription as soon as possible. With that said, it is still important to remember that there are set standards your pharmacist has to meet.
2. Know what you are getting.
Always check the label. While it may seem unnecessary and sometimes even tedious if you are in a hurry, checking the label to make sure that you have the correct prescription when you pick it up from the pharmacy is smart thing to do. At the end of the day, the stereotype is true – a doctor’s handwriting really can be unreadable and sometimes what your doctor writes down can be interpreted differently by your pharmacist.
A couple of things to look for:
· First of all, make sure it is actually your prescription (i.e., your name and address are on the prescription bottle).
· Secondly, make sure that it is the correct dosage. No one is suggesting that your pharmacist is incompetent or bad at their job, but everyone makes mistakes, so when it comes to medication, so it is important to double-check.
3. Finally, if you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have. Whether it is regarding the dosage, when to take your medication, how much to take or anything relevant to the medication you are taking, ask your pharmacist. That is what they are there for. And while your prescribing doctor can probably answer a lot of those questions, if you forget to ask while in the doctor’s office, your pharmacist can most likely answer your questions and provide some insight.
Whether you are picking up a prescription that you have been taking for years or one that is brand new, remember to keep all of these things in mind. Mistakes are made every day and when it comes to your medicine, it is best to be cautious.