- How long do I need to take this medication? In the case of an antibiotic, which is usually prescribed for an infection, you may only take the prescription for 7-10 days. However, for a chronic condition, such as a thyroid disorder, the medication might be something that’s required on an ongoing basis. It’s important to understand what your medication requires – and it’s also important to take the full dosage, even if you start to feel better!
- Should I take this medication with food or on an empty stomach? In some instances, taking meds with food might be necessary because taking it on an empty stomach can make you feel sick. In other cases, meds can have an interaction with or be ineffective when taken with certain foods. It’s important to know the proper way to take each medication.
- What time of day should I take this medication? All medications are different! Sometimes taking them in the evening is recommended, while others suggest taking them in the morning. Your pharmacist can point out the reason behind taking your medicine when it’s suggested.
- What are the possible side effects of this medication? By discussing any possible side effects with your pharmacist, you will be prepared should you experience any unusual sensations while taking your medicine. Sometimes side effects can even be managed by taking into account some of the above (when you eat and when you take your meds).
- What if I miss a dose? As your pharmacist will explain, in some cases, you should go ahead and take that missed dose. In other cases, you should wait until it’s time for your next dose.
- Are there any possible interactions? It’s important to share a complete list of all your meds, both prescription and over-the-counter, including supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies, with your pharmacist to help alleviate any interactions. Also, your pharmacist will point out any possible interactions with certain foods, even exposure to sun, that can impact the effectiveness of your medication or your health.
- How should I store this medication? For most medications, a dry, cool temperature is suggested for storage. There are certain medications that require refrigeration, however. Ask!
- How should I dispose of this medication? Medicine take-back programs (www.fda.gov/drugs) are a great option for medication disposal. In some instances, flushing and using the trash are approved, too. Ask your pharmacist for guidelines.
- Is a generic available? Using a generic medication can usually save you money while providing the same benefits as a brand drug. If you’re not receiving the generic, ask for it!
- Am I getting the best price possible? By using your FamilyWize prescription savings card, you can ensure you are receiving the best possible price on your medication. Anyone can request a card by printing one at www.FamilyWize.org/card or by calling 1-800-222-2818. FamilyWize also has a drug lookup tool. Before leaving your home to pick up your medication, taking a minute to look up the pharmacy with the best price can help you save significantly at the pharmacy.Both the savings card and the drug lookup took are available in the free FamilyWize app: Click here to download it to an Apple product or click here to download it for Andriod.Your doctor may have other money-saving suggestions or tips.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Your pharmacist is an important part of your healthcare team, able to help you with interpret and evaluate information regarding your medications, but they’re often an overlooked resource. The next time you visit your pharmacy for either prescription or over-the-counter medication, don’t hesitate to speak with your pharmacist if you have any questions. Below are 10 questions to consider asking.
Based on your condition, the prescription your doctor prescribes, and your personal situation, you may have additional questions for your pharmacist. Remember: your pharmacist is happy to help you with any questions or concerns, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The holiday season has come to a close, and resolutions have been set for the New Year. Now comes the hard part - sticking with them! According to Nielsen, the most popular resolutions include gettinghealthier, getting organized, and spending less money. However, research shows that 92% of Americans fail to achieve the resolutions they set.
Why does this happen? There are several reasons. Many people set unrealistic goals, while others don't develop a plan - they set a resolution without knowing how they're going to achieve it.
By setting small, manageable goals and taking concrete steps to meet them, reaching your New Year's resolution suddenly becomes much easier. And if you're trying to save money in 2016, your medicine cabinet can be one of the best places to start. This year, help meet your New Year's resolutions by being smart with your prescriptions!
The first step to saving money with your medication is to make sure you are using them properly. Check the labels to make sure you are taking your medications as prescribed and that you are storing them correctly. While many Americans attempt to cut healthcare costs by taking less medication than they've been instructed, this ultimately has the opposite effect: the cost of non-adherence to the healthcare system is an estimated $290 billion annually.
If you're taking any name-brand medications, you may want to try talking to your doctor to see if there are any generic alternatives he or she can recommend. In many cases, generic medication can be a less expensive, but equally effective option. For more information, see our earlier blog post about generic prescription medication.
Even if you take generic drugs, prescriptions can often be costly, especially if you don't have insurance. That's why it's smart to take advantage of prescription savings cards like the one offered by FamilyWize. These cards can be a great resource for saving more on your medication and staying healthy.
The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card offers an average savings of 42% on retail prescription prices and has no eligibility requirements. You can use it whether you're insured or uninsured, and getting savings is easy - simply show it to your pharmacist when you're picking up a prescription, and ask them for the lowest price. You can also compare prices in your neighborhood at home by using the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool.
You can print out or order your own FamilyWize card on our website, or download the free smartphone app, available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. It’s a great tool for saving money, even if you have insurance, so make sure to always bring your FamilyWize card when you're making a trip to the pharmacy. Happy New Year, and enjoy the savings!