General Instructions About Usage Of Drugs
  1. Try to understand the prescription properly. Ask the doctor again if any doubts.
  2. Instructions about dosing and other details can be obtained from pharmacists too. Get an approval from your doctor for same drug of other company. Cheaper generic drugs are also available now. Read the brochure supplied with each drug.
  3. Inform your doctor about your ailments of liver, kidneys and heart as well as others such as ulcer, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergy and alcohol addiction.
  4. Inform your doctor about your plans to conceive or treatment for conception. Information about pregnancy and breast feeding should also be provided.
  5. Drug must be taken as prescribed. Timings should not be missed. If a dose is missed then double dose is not advisable.
  6. A tablet without a score-line should not be broken into pieces. Capsules, or coated pills and controlled release tablets (effective after a certain period of time) should not be broken or chewed.
  7. Most of the drugs are to be taken after having food. Some do not have this specification. Some are better taken on an empty stomach. Do ask your doctor in this regard.
  8. A chewable tablet should not be swallowed. It should be chewed totally.
  9. Contact your doctor if you feel that the drug is not suitable and causing trouble. It may be alright to stop the drug temporarily.
  10. Maintain a record of drug allergies and inform about them every time you meet a doctor.
  11. Your doctor should also be informed about ongoing Ayurveda, Homoeopathy or any other treatment. One should also check if simultaneous treatment from two Doctors consists of drugs with same or opposite action.
  12. All drugs should be stored in cool and dry place away from the sunlight. A few drugs are to be stored in refrigerator.
  13. Drugs should be kept out of reach of children. Drugs of two patients should not be kept at one place.
  14. Expired drugs must be discarded immediately.
  15. Drugs for arthritis need to be taken for long period. These drugs should not be stopped even if one starts feeling better as there is every chance of disease flare. Drugs should be continued despite delay (days or few weeks) in meeting your rheumatologist.
  16. One should not suggest any drug to another arthritis patient just because he feels better with that particular drug.