August 24, 2021
6 min. read

What Types of Questions Should I Ask My Medly Pharmacist?


At Medly, we know how important it is to be able to ask your pharmacist questions about your medications. Not only do we make sure your prescription medications are hand delivered straight to your door by our in-house delivery team, we also make it convenient for you to have access to a friendly pharmacist. You don’t have to leave your home to get expert advice; instead, Medly’s team of pharmacists are available for phone or video calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—even on holidays.

Our pharmacists are clinical experts and an excellent source of information, with in-depth knowledge regarding biologics, injectables, and even over-the-counter medications.

Whether you walked out of the doctor’s office with questions or just forgot your doctor’s instructions, you can take comfort in knowing Medly is a call away, and you’ll always have someone there to answer your medication questions. Read on to discover what questions your pharmacist can answer for you.

What is the name of my medication?

When it comes to medications, it’s very important to know the names of the medications prescribed. Every medication on the market today has two different names; the brand and the generic name. The brand is the name used by the manufacturer to market the product, such as Advil. But the generic name for the medication is the medical standard name for the drug, like ibuprofen. All medications list the brand and generic name on the label. The brand can be different for each company, but the generic name must stay the same so you know exactly what you’re taking.

It’s important to always have an updated list of all of the medications you’re currently taking and their dosages. Knowing why you’re taking each one is important. Share this list and any other current information with your doctor so that they can provide the best care possible. This can prevent any potentially hazardous medical situations.

By using Medly for all of your prescription needs, your Medly pharmacist will be able to share this important information with your providers, taking some of the stress out of memorizing all of your medications.

What is the medication supposed to do?

Antibiotics as we know are primarily used to cure illnesses. On the other hand, pain medications help manage the symptoms surrounding a particular illness. It’s important to know what to expect from any medication you are currently taking so that you have a clear vision of what these medications can or cannot do for you. A Medly pharmacist will be happy to take the time to explain how a medication works and what the expected results will be.

How should I use this medication?

In order to achieve the proper therapeutic goal, it’s crucial to take your medication properly. You have to be careful you don’t mix them incorrectly or with certain foods and alcohol. This can lead to a decreased or increased effectiveness of the medication. These types of interactions can also have harmful effects. Some medications can be taken together with no ill effect. Warnings will be available on your prescription bottle, however, if you still have questions, it’s important to ask your Medly pharmacist. This way you’ll know exactly what to do and what not to do without missing a single dose.

What should I do if I forget to take my medication or take a dose incorrectly?

A missed dose is a common concern. Look at the directions on the label of your medication. Read it carefully. Proper dosage is important with any medicine. If you’re having any confusion, check with your pharmacist. Your Medly pharmacist will be able to clarify instructions in a way that’s easy to understand. You may also want to look into special pill containers that will measure your daily dosage for you each day or special mobile reminders that take the stress out of trying to remember your medication schedule.

The right response to take when you miss a dose depends on the medication you are taking. You should check with your pharmacist when you first get your prescription and ask what to do if you miss a dose. This way you’ll be prepared and know exactly what to do. However, you can always call Medly if you missed a dose to ask for instructions in real time.

Notify your doctor immediately if you ever feel like you may have taken your medication dosage incorrectly. If you think you may have overdosed on your medication, don’t wait for your doctor to get back to you. Either call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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How long will I need to use the medication?

For some medication programs, you may have to take them for the rest of your life. But there obviously some that you only need to take for a short duration. It’s always important to know how long you may need to be on any medication.

When it comes to antibiotics, normally you have to stay on the medication until it’s all gone. Many serious issues can arise if you don’t finish your medication in the prescribed time frame. Be mindful of what your doctor and pharmacist prescribed you and stay on it. Don’t stop taking an antibiotic just because you “feel better.” Your provider gave you a very specific quantity of medication for a very important reason. You can make your condition worse by not finishing your doses.

There can be some cases where a patient needs to tamper their dosage. Tampering means when you start to lower the daily dosage of any given medication gradually. Normally this is recommended to avoid any side effects that could occur if you suddenly stop taking a prescribed medication. Your pharmacist, with your doctor’s approval, can answer your questions and help guide you through this process.

What are the side effects of this medication?

Many medications can cause side effects. But in many cases, they’re not all that serious. Talk to your pharmacist about any side effects before you ever start taking it. Normally there can be a laundry list of potential side effects with any medication, but it’s good to know the most commonly reported side effects.

If you begin to experience side effects, it’s important to ask your pharmacist if there is any way to combat them before you stop taking the medication. This can help keep your treatment on course and may even help prevent side effects from worsening.

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Can I take non-prescription drugs, herbal medicines, or other drugs with this medicine?

Interaction between prescription medication and over-the-counter medications are quite common. Many times people don’t realize that over-the-counter medicines and supplements can interact with prescriptions. These interactions can cause some uncomfortable side effects. Even some of your favorite herbal remedies can interact in a negative way with your other medications.

Ask your pharmacist before you ever begin taking a new medication that could possibly interact with anything else you’re currently taking. Let your physician and pharmacist know what medications and supplements you’re using before they put any new treatment plan in place for you. Your Medly pharmacist will keep a record of what you take, so that they can spot any possible interactions in the future.

How should I store my meds?

Medication storage is extremely important. If you don’t store your medications properly, they can not only lose their effectiveness over time, Many people keep their medications in a bathroom medicine cabinet. However this may not be the best spot for some medications when heat and moisture builds up on a daily basis. This can affect the shelf life of your medications.

Direct light and heat can damage some medications if they’re kept under a counter with lighting over them. Some medications require refrigeration to preserve their effectiveness and potency. Always check with your pharmacist and carefully read prescription storage labels.

When should I follow up?

Experiencing side effects is a good reason to contact your pharmacist. They have a wealth of good information at their fingertips to help you. If any of the side effects you may be dealing with are affecting the daily activities in your life, it’s a good idea to ask your pharmacist for alternative options. Side effects may not appear for several months into a mediation regimen. It’s best to ask your pharmacist questions about medication timelines in regard to any side effects you may have concerns about.

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You may have plenty more questions about your medication. But rest assured, your pharmacist is here to field your questions.

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