Be sure to share information about ALL medications and allergies with nurses, doctors and other medical staff who ask. This includes prescription, over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs. Ask for information about your medications in terms you can understand:
- What is this medicine for?
- How am I supposed to take it and for how long?
- What side effects are likely?
- What do I do if side effects occur?
- Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines or dietary supplements I am taking?
- What food, drink or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
Ringgold County Hospital participates in e-prescribing, a service that electronically sends your prescription requests to your pharmacy. However, when your doctor writes you a prescription, make sure you can read it. If you can’t read your doctor’s handwriting, your pharmacist might not be able to either. When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, check that it is what the doctor prescribed.
For more information, visit the AWARXE website, a prescription drug safety program.