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    Importance of asking information from the Doctor about prescriptions given

    The Doctor, whether a GP or a specialist will give you a list of medications you need to take for a health problem. The one thing they generally do ask is if you have any allergies before prescribing medicines. However, do you simply accept the sheet of paper and leave the consulting room? If you are a patient in the hospital (God forbid!), do you/your relatives inquire about the medicines?

    In my case, whenever the Dr. writes something, I clarify the following:
    1. The name of the medicine if the handwriting is not legible - this, I feel, is really essential as quite often the pharmacist will also not understand what is scribbled!
    2. The medicine is a tablet or a capsule? The Dr. usually does write 'Cap' or 'Tab', but I like to confirm this anyway.
    3. In case the Dr. has not written it - what is the power? e.g. 25mg/50mg, etc.
    4. If it is a syrup and the Dr. has not specifically said how much to take, then I will ask if it is one or two teaspoons and also if it can be taken as it is or it should be diluted with water.
    5. Though written, I clarify clearly if the medicine is to be take before or after breakfast/lunch/dinner/just before bed-time. I also clarify about morning medication - if it is stated to take on an empty stomach, then how many hours before breakfast? For example, a tablet may need to be taken 1-1/2 hours before breakfast for better absorption by the body.
    6. Is the medicine an anti-biotic?
    7. Most important: does the medicine have any side effects? e.g. Loose motions, nausea, tremulousness, etc.

    So do you put such queries to your Dr.? Do you just accept the prescription because the Dr. is, perhaps, a renowned one so you feel embarrassed to ask in the first place?
  • #632764
    What we got the prescriptions is the business between the doctor & the medical store. What the doctor made t he prescription for is the relation between the Doctor & the Medical Representative.

    Although there are dos & don'ts while writing the prescription but the same is not being followed. One of the prescription is that the medicine should be readily available in the nearby location or not too far from the hospital wherein the patients has been admitted.

  • #632765
    A very good thread which reminds of the patient's rights and the doctor's responsibility. Sadly, both of these suffer due to lack of time, overbooking, wrong attitude and fear of annoying the doctor. As a patient, we have every right to know what is give to us and what can happen (good and bad) when we take the medications. Apart from the list, we should also mention the medication we are taking and is it OK to take the new ones? would their be any cross reaction?
    Even, if the doctor is busy we need these clarified by him/her or the assistant with them ( some big hospitals /medical colleges will have another doctor tagging along the senior or the main consultant).

    I have seen people hesitate to ask such simple yet so important questions. Such people need to come out of this fear because, you are paying for the service directly in private sector and indirectly in the Government sector. Last but not the least, we need to have a regular pharmacy or we need to check the medications ourselves once more because, there can be and have been many dispensing errors on the part of the chemist (this happens with similar sounding names or misinterpretation of the scribbled drug names).

  • #632771
    When Doctor writes prescriptions, the shop owner or the pharmacist will know to read the name of the medicine. Most probably when we look into the prescription, it will be difficult to read. In my case I ask the Doctor the name of the medicine and how to use the dose and how much in numbers? We cannot ask Doctor whether it will have side effects or not. The doctor always writes the prescriptions by knowing that it will suit the body of the patient. You must see a Doctor if you are hundred percent right about him or her. Don't go with misconceptions that what will happen if I have this tablet or not?. Doctor's have the experience and they have been working and studying for a lifetime.
    "Earning knowledge is by sharing it with ISC and we will rectify our mistakes."

  • #632776
    I generally, visit our family doctor who is MD and stays near our house. He is a very famous doctor in the area. I used to read the prescription written by him and try to understand. If I have any doubts I will ask the doctor. With my a little medicinal knowledge I used to ask him about the medicine and how it functions. So he understood my curiosity and started telling me why he has written that medicine and what for it is prescribed. I will be taking the medicines in the shop attached to that hospital. The Pharmacist there is also a known person. If I have any further doubts I will ask him. It is always advisable to ask the doctor if you have any doubts and tell him the complete history so that he will have a better understanding of the problem and based on the requirement he will prescribe the medicines. The doctor may be a very big man but our health is more important to us. So I feel we should not hesitate to talk to the doctor
    always confident

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