Pharmacists spend their careers developing specialized knowledge about medicines and how they work for people in different situations. While you may not be a pharmacist, you can benefit from knowing more about the medicine you take.
Take advantage of a MOBE Pharmacist’s extensive knowledge by asking questions until you are sure you understand these four critical elements about each medication you take, whether it’s a prescription or a supplement.1
Indication refers to the reason you’re taking a medication. For example, insulin is indicated for the treatment of diabetes.2 Sometimes your health care provider might prescribe a medication usually indicated for a condition other than the one you have. Antidepressants, for example, are sometimes prescribed to treat migraines.3
When you start on a new medication, make sure you get answers to each of the following questions from your provider or Pharmacist:
To manage your medication use over time, you need to be able to tell if a medication is working for you. Knowing what to expect, and how to measure the effectiveness of a medication is important. Understanding how well your medication is working can help you and your health care provider weigh decisions such as whether the treatment results are worth unpleasant side effects.
A Pharmacist can help you seek the answers to the following questions about your medications:
This is one of the most important elements to understand whenever you take a prescription, over-the-counter medication, supplement, or herbal remedy.
Your body and environment are always changing, which means side effects can happen at any time. So if you start experiencing a new symptom, consider whether one of your medications could be involved.
Questions you might ask your health care provider or Pharmacist:
To get the most potential benefit from the medications you take, it’s important to understand how to take, store, manage, and pay for them.
Questions to ask your health care provider or Pharmacist:
At MOBE, Pharmacists are a part of your team, offering health guidance and support, at no additional cost to you.
A licensed MOBE Pharmacist can help you minimize risks and make the most of your medications—including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbals, and supplements. Get started today.
1. “The Patient Care Process for Delivering Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM): Optimizing Medication Use in Patient-Centered, Team-Based Care Setting,” CMM in Primary Care Research Team, July 2018, https://www.accp.com/docs/positions/misc/CMM_Care_Process.pdf.
2. “Indications for Drugs (uses), Approved vs. Non-approved,” Omudhome Ogbru, Pharm.D., Medicinenet, https://www.medicinenet.com/indications_for_drugs__approved_vs_non-approved/views.htm.
3. “Migraine Treatment: Can Antidepressants Help?” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/expert-answers/migraine-treatment/faq-20058410.