Mobe | What you need to know about every medication you take.

What you need to know about every medication you take.

Pharmacists spend their careers developing specialized knowledge about medicines and how they work for people in different situations. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications including vitamins and supplements.

Make sure you take advantage of a pharmacist’s knowledge.

Ask a MOBE Pharmacist 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)

1. Indication: What is the reason or purpose for taking a medication?

Insulin is indicated for the treatment of diabetes(2). Sometimes, your doctor 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 a MOBE Pharmacist:

  • Why am I taking this medication?
  • If the medication is used for other conditions, how is it meant to work for me?
  • Does this medication replace another medication I am currently taking, or am I adding this medication to my regimen?
  • Will I need to take this medication forever?

2. Effectiveness: How will this medication work for me?

To manage your medication use over time, you need to be able to tell if a medication is working for you. Knowing how effective the medication can be will also help you and your doctor weigh decisions such as whether the treatment results are worth unpleasant or potentially dangerous side effects.(4)

A MOBE Pharmacist can help you manage the following questions about your medications:(5)

  • What are the benefits of taking this medication?
  • What are its side effects?
  • How long will it take for the medication to work, and how will I know if it is working?
  • Will my provider need to increase the dose I am taking?

3. Safety: What are the possible side effects, risks, or interactions of a medication?

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 doctor or a MOBE Pharmacist:(4)

  • What are the risks of taking this medicine? Are they temporary or long-term?
  • Are there any drug interactions to know about?
  • Are there any foods or drinks that can interfere with the medication?
  • Does it matter what time of day I take it?

4. Convenience: How to get the most out of a medication?

It’s important that you understand how you take, store, pay for, and manage a medication to get the most you can from the potential benefits.

Questions to ask a MOBE Pharmacist:(4)

  • How do I take this medication properly?
  • What should I do if I forget to take it? What if I miss a dose?
  • How many times a day do I need to take this medication for it to work?
  • Do I need to take it with food or on an empty stomach?
  • If cost is an issue for you: Are there any less expensive alternatives that would be appropriate for me?

Let a MOBE Pharmacist ease your mind.

MOBE Pharmacists are a part of the team offering health guidance and support. If you're eligible for MOBE services, you can talk to someone from our team whenever works for you, from the convenience of your home.

Call 844-841-9725 to find out if you're eligible for MOBE services.

References

1. The Patient Care Process for Delivering Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM): Optimizing Medication Use in Patient-Centered, Team-Based Care Settings. 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. Medicinenet. https://www.medicinenet.com/indications_for_drugs__approved_vs_non-approved/views.htm
3. Mayo Clinic. Migraine treatment: Can antidepressants help? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/expert-answers/migraine-treatment/faq-20058410
4. Singal, A. G., Higgins, P. D., & Waljee, A. K. (2014). A primer on effectiveness and efficacy trials. Clinical and translational gastroenterology, 5(1), e45. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3912314/
5. FDA. Stop-Learn-Go: Tips for talking with your pharmacist to learn how to use medicines safely. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you-drugs/stop-learn-go-tips-talking-your-pharmacist-learn-how-use-medicines-safely

Connect with MOBE.

There are three easy ways to connect today. Schedule an appointment, download the MOBE Health Guide app, or give us a call at 844-841-9725.