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What questions should you ask to prevent drug interactions

When you are prescribed a drug by your health care provider in Texas, chances are the prescription will be accompanied by instructions that will direct you how to safely and responsibly take the medicine to benefit you and reduce unwanted symptoms. Based on your medical history, allergies and other vital information, your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding dosage amounts and frequency. However, it is critical that you also ask questions to make sure you have all of the information you need to prevent potentially harmful drug interactions. 

Once your doctor has prescribed your medication and you have all of the adequate information to take the drug the right way, it is wise to verify this information when you pick up the medication from your pharmacist. He or she can match the information on the prescription label with the information you received from your doctor to make sure that you have everything you need. Your pharmacist may also be able to provide additional tips and suggestions for taking the medication to make your results as useful as possible. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some of the questions you may consider asking your doctor or pharmacist include the following:

  • Are there substances that should be avoided when taking the drug?
  • Is there additional information available about the purpose and use of this drug?
  • What symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction or interaction? 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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