Educate Before You Medicate: 5 Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist (Infographic)

One perk of being a team member at Mission Health is the convenience of picking up your prescriptions at our pharmacies (perk plus – payroll deduction at our pharmacies!). If you have recently stopped by a Mission Health pharmacy to pick up your prescription, you may have been asked if you would like to receive counseling regarding your medicine – but what does this mean?

Rx counseling – knowledge is the best medicine!

As a patient at a Mission Health pharmacy, you have the option to “opt in” or out of medication counseling when you pick up your prescription. Opting in provides you with the chance to feel more comfortable with your medication and understand what exactly you’re taking. Medication counseling is a way for your pharmacist to inform you about your prescriptions and gauge your level of knowledge regarding your medication to better assist you.

What should you be asking?

Regardless if you decide to engage in medication counseling, there are five questions you should consider asking your pharmacist about your prescription. These questions, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), are:

  1. What is the name of your medication and how or when should you take it?
  2. What information does your pharmacist need to know about the other medicines you are taking?
  3. When should you take this medication?
  4. What are the common side effects of this medicine?
  5. What should you do if you miss a dose or take a dose incorrectly?

You should never feel like you’re bothering your pharmacist if you have questions. In fact, they would love for you to ask and prefer that you do!

Check out the infographic below by the ASHP. And next time you pick up your prescriptions, ask about your medication – and always thank your pharmacist!

Download and print the infographic

Say “thanks!” to a Mission Health pharmacist or technician on WooHoo!

National Pharmacy Week is observed on October 21-27 to bring awareness to the role and contributions of pharmacists and technicians. In recognition of Pharmacy Week, we encourage our team members to ask their pharmacists questions and become familiar with the medications they are taking.


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