When your doctor prescribes your prescription medication for an illness and you pick it up from the pharmacy, have you noticed the several documents that come along with it? These documents are called medication guides. Medication guides are informational documents about the prescription medications they come with. Your pharmacist includes medication guides for every prescription medication you take.
Unfortunately, most people just toss them away without reading them. This is unfortunate because medication guides have a lot of important information that can educate you on the medication you are taking. For example, you can learn about the uses, side effects, dosage, and other important facts from medication guides. The guides also explain rare or dangerous side effects that you should look out for as well as activities to avoid and other drugs and substances that should not be taken with the medication. All of this information is critical, and you should be reading and understanding it for every medication you take.
Medication guides become even more important if you have a compromised immune system, are sensitive to drugs, or if taking multiple medications at the same time. A lot of medications interact with each other and unless you do your due diligence by discussing your medications with your doctor, it can be very easy to overlook possible interactions between them. As a result of this, you may not be getting the most benefit out of the medications you take because one may cancel out the effect of the other. Worse, the interaction between two prescription medications may cause an adverse reaction that puts your life at risk.
Prescription medications can be critical and useful in controlling, managing, and treating a multitude of illnesses and conditions. However, prescription drugs are dangerous when taken incorrectly. This is why it’s important that you fully understand what you are taking and how you should take it. This is where medication guides come in. All the necessary information you need to know about any prescription medication you take will be in its medication guide.
Medication Therapy Management
If you are interested in not only learning more about the medications you take and possible interactions between them but also ways to reduce your reliance on medications, talk to a doctor or pharmacist about medication therapy management. This service focuses on studying and evaluating all your medications and making changes where possible to reduce your dependency on them. Medication therapy management also looks for possible interactions and better and more cost-effective alternatives to medications wherever possible.
Medication Therapy Management in Raleigh, North Carolina
PAI (Patient Advocacy Initiative) Wellness Group is a pharmacist-run practice that focuses on improving your health while also reducing your dependency on prescription drugs. We offer a variety of holistic health and wellness services, including prediabetes and type 2 diabetes management and medication therapy management.
Request an appointment with Dr. Asha today, and see how we can improve your well-being today. Call (919) 529-3355 to set up an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.