Q: What’s the best way to keep a record of prescription medications?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Maintaining a list of all medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, is vital in order to reduce the risks associated with combining the wrong medications. It’s best to keep a list visible in your home as well as in your purse or wallet. A trusted family member should also be provided with this list. When picking up a new prescription, it’s important to tell the pharmacist about any current medications being taken.
Q: Can vitamins interact with medication?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, even over-the-counter vitamins, cold medications, or supplements can have an adverse effect on prescription drugs. This may include, but is not limited to, decreased effectiveness of the medication.
Q: Why do prescription medications sometimes look different from one refill to the next?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Sometimes the pharmacy changes the brand of the medication that was originally prescribed or substitutes one generic form of the medication with another. You should always ask your pharmacist if the medication and dose is the same as what your doctor originally prescribed if you notice a difference.