Know What You're Taking!

Winter 2001 CSANews Issue 41  |  Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.Back to list

Have you ever left your doctor's office with a prescription and not known why it was given to you?

Too often, the focus of the appointment is on the condition of the patient, and often, time is not taken to explain what your medication is for, nor to mention any side effects that might occur. According to a recent Internet report, up to 90 per cent of patients are not aware of a drugs' possible adverse side effects.

Although you may think your doctor is too busy, it is important to ask what condition the medication is for, how to take it properly and what side effects to watch for. Don't be afraid to take notes and be sure to put them somewhere you can refer to them easily. Remember the Boy Scouts' motto...Be Prepared!

Your pharmacist is also an excellent resource to learn about medications, and for those who have Internet access, there are many websites that list the objectives and side effects of both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Here are a few examples:

http://my.webmd.ca/drugs
http://www.rxlist.com/
http://www.drugs.com/