3 Healthcare Questions to Ask… Your Pharmacist

Cropped SingleCare logo By | August 24, 2016

Visiting the pharmacist can be a hassle sometimes, so it’s best to be as well-prepared as possible. Whether you’re picking up an antibiotic to take for a week, or making frequent trips to fetch medication you need on a daily basis, there is a lot to consider when taking a trip to the pharmacist.

Of course, you want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money, and that the medication you’re buying will actually help you feel better. But what if there are cheaper alternatives to what you’ve been prescribed, or an active ingredient in your antibiotic could have unintended side effects? It’s important to know what to expect whenever you need to take medication, so here are three questions you should be asking to get the most out of your healthcare.

What will this prescription do to me, and what are the active ingredients?

We know we should always have an understanding of the food we eat on a daily basis. Why shouldn’t we apply the same principal to our medication? Always check the label of whatever you’re prescribed. You can check on the bottle itself or do online research, or ask the pharmacist before leaving the counter. If you don’t recognize something, don’t hesitate to ask what it is, and what it will do to you. It’s important to be aware of what you’re taking, and having an understanding of the side effects of your prescription is crucial. You don’t want to take them without a thorough understanding of what they will do to your body.

Is there a generic version of this medication? Is it as effective?

When it comes to over-the-counter medication, there are many different alternatives, most of which do the same thing. So, when your doctor prescribes you a particular medication, you should ask if there is a cheaper, generic version of the medication that contains the same active ingredients. This could especially come in handy if you are prescribed a medication that isn’t covered by your health insurance, or if your prescription comes with a high copay. Of course, make sure these generic versions are as effective as the one that is prescribed to you. But if your doctor or pharmacist approves this alternate choice, you may be able to save some money without sacrificing your health.

Can I get a 90-day refill instead of 30-day?

We’re all busy, so when you take medication on a daily basis, it’s easiest to make your prescription a part of the daily routine. While most pharmacists are accustomed to 30-day refills, check to see if a 90-day refill is possible, and covered by your insurance. It will save you time in the long run, and won’t let your medication take up anymore time than it needs to.

Going to the pharmacist can be a stressful time, and being overwhelmed with questions will only make the experience more frustrating. But, as always, SingleCare is here to help make the process easier, so the only thing you’ll have to worry about is being healthy.