General Instructions About Usage Of Drugs
- Try to understand the prescription correctly. Then, ask the doctor again if any doubts.
- Instructions about dosing and other details can be obtained from pharmacists too. Get approval from your doctor for the same drug manufactured by another company. Cheaper generic drugs are also available now. Read the brochure supplied with each medication.
- Inform your doctor about your liver, kidneys, heart ailments, and other conditions such as stomach ulcer, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergy, and alcohol addiction.
- Inform your doctor about your plans to conceive or conception treatment. Information about pregnancy and breastfeeding should also be provided.
- Drugs must be taken as prescribed. Timings should not be missed. If a dose is missed, then a double dose is not advisable.
- A tablet without a score-line should not be broken into pieces. Likewise, capsules, coated pills, and controlled-release tablets (effective after a particular time) should not be broken or chewed.
- 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.
- A chewable tablet should not be swallowed. Instead, it should be chewed totally.
- Contact your doctor if you feel that the drug is not suitable and causing trouble. It may be alright to stop the medication temporarily.
- Maintain a record of drug allergies and inform about them every time you visit a doctor.
- 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 the same or opposite action.
- All drugs should be stored in a cool and dry place away from the sunlight. A few medications need to be stored in a refrigerator.
- Drugs should be kept out of reach of children. In addition, the drugs of two patients should not be kept together.
- Expired drugs must be discarded immediately.
- Drugs for arthritis need to be taken for a long period. These drugs should not be stopped even if one starts feeling better. There is every chance that the disease on the abrupt discontinuation of the medication. Therefore, drugs should be continued despite delay (days or few weeks) in meeting your rheumatologist.
- One should not suggest any drug to another arthritis patient because he feels better with that particular drug.