This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Every time I get sick and I have been prescribed a medication and the pharmacist asks, “Do you have any questions?” I have always said, “No I’m good.” That was until I took a prescription and had trouble staying awake. That is when I realized I should have asked about the side effects. I decided to put this list together so that maybe someone will read this and not make the same mistake that I did.1. What is the best way to take medication?
If you are taking several medications you will want to ask what the best order is to take them so they don’t counteract or cause any issues.
2. How should I store my medication?
Some medicine may require refrigeration. Some may need to be in a cool dry place. You will want to make sure you are storing your medicine the best way possible to ensure it doesn’t go bad.
3. What happens if I get busy and forget to take my medicine?
Life happens and it is easy to forget. I try to set an alarm for when it is time for me to take medicine, but it is always best to ask what you should do if you forget. I have been told just to get back on track as soon as possible but also ask your pharmacist to make sure.
4. What are the side effects?
Don’t forget to ask about side effects. I am always overwhelmed when it comes to side effects so I usually just ask if they cause drowsiness. I find that if they cause drowsiness it is best to take them on a day you are not working so you can see how your body reacts. The last thing you want is to get into an accident or have an issue when riding public transportation. Another reason to ask about drowsiness is if you have kids so you can make sure there is a second adult present just in case you can’t stay awake.
5. Ask about generic drugs.
The prescription you have just been prescribed might cost an arm and a leg. On the plus side, there may be a generic drug that does the same thing that cost way less. There have been times when something I was prescribed was over $300 and the generic version was only $5.00. It doesn’t hurt to ask and a pharmacist can advise you if there is a generic option that is less expensive than a brand-name drug. This was the case with my sons epi-pen.
6. Should I avoid any foods?
I know with some medication they say you shouldn’t drink orange juice or eat grapefruit. This is something some people may forget but food can cause issues with certain medications.
7. Ask about coupons
If generic drugs fail ask about coupons. Right now I know there is a Advair Diskus manufacturer coupon if you are interested you can check that out! Advair Diskus is used to treat COPD and asthma. There is not an Advair Diskus generic drug currently available on the market. So don’t be afraid to ask about coupons.
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