Pharmacy Checklist: What to do When You Get a New Prescription

As simple as it seems, getting a new prescription can often be confusing. Sometimes patients leave their pharmacy with lingering questions about their new medication. It’s important to have an open discussion with your pharmacist so you cover all your bases and have a full understanding of your medication. Before you leave the pharmacy, ask yourself these questions to make sure nothing is forgotten:

Do you know your correct dosage? Make sure that you understand how much medicine you need to take at a time as well as how long you should be taking it for. If you are unsure, ask the pharmacist to clarify. Don’t forget to make sure there is a measuring cup or spoon for liquid medication.

Did you ask the right questions? It’s important to have a clear understanding of the medicine you are prescribed from your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask common questions like:

  • Can I take this medication on an empty stomach?
  • Is there a certain time I need to take it?
  • Are there any side effects I should be aware of?
  • Will it affect me if I miss a dose?

Did you discuss logistics? Oftentimes, pharmacies will have programs and policies to make it as easy as possible to get your prescription when you need it. If you need cyclical refilling, you can talk to your pharmacist about automatic refills so you don’t have to worry about calling it in every month. At Vista Specialty Pharmacy, you can also arrange to have your prescription refills shipped directly to your home if transportation is ever an issue.

Our pharmacy, located in Clermont, offers customized prescription filling and free shipping. Anyone with a prescription is welcome to use our pharmacy, whether you are a Vista patient or not. If you have any questions about our specialty pharmacy, please call 352-989-4383 or email us at pharmacy@vista-clinical.com.

Sources:

http://www.mygnp.com/check-your-rx-before-you-leave-the-pharmacy

http://www.mygnp.com/got-questions-ask-your-pharmacist!

2 replies
  1. Zequek Estrada
    Zequek Estrada says:

    I think questions are important to have answered for a prescription. I’d imagine the fear of not sounding smart is one of the reasons why people don’t ask questions. It doesn’t make sense though because I’m pretty sure anyone at a pharmacy will be willing to help in any way they can.

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  2. Hosting Deutschland
    Hosting Deutschland says:

    The controversial checklist and the policy behind it — first came to light earlier this year after 13 Investigates reported many Walgreens customers are facing problems when trying to get prescription refills for pain medication.

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