Top 10 questions for your pharmacist

If you are taking medications for skin cancer, your pharmacist can be a valuable resource. And you don't even need to book an appointment – just visit your neighbourhood pharmacy. You can print this page off to bring with you, and add to it any other questions you may have.

Top 10 questions to ask your pharmacist:

  • What is this medication called?
  • How does it work?
  • What is the proper way to use this medication?
  • What side effects can I expect? What should I do about them?
  • Can this medication interact with any of the drugs I'm taking (including over-the-counter and herbal medications), alcohol, or food?
  • Is the medication safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding?
  • How quickly will the medication start to work? Will I be able to feel it working?
  • How long will I need to take this medication?
  • What should I do if I forget a dose?
  • How should the medication be stored?
  • If you can, try to have all of your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy. This way, your pharmacist will have a complete record of all of the prescription medications you're taking, as well as any drug allergies you may have. This will allow your pharmacist to check for drug interactions and screen new prescriptions to ensure that you don't get a medication you're allergic to. Your pharmacist can also help keep you up to date on new medications and drugs that are currently being developed.

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