Take your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are still feeling pain, call your doctor; do not take an extra dose. Learn to identify serious side effects so you and your family know when to call a doctor or go to the hospital. Ask your pharmacist if your prescription comes with a Medication Guide (paper handouts that come with many prescription medicines) for more information.
Good questions to ask include:
- How will I know if I am having a side effect from this prescription?
- What should I do if I think I am having a bad reaction?
- What should I do if I don't feel like the prescription is working?
- Is there anything I can do to make sure I don't get any of the side effects?