Before You Go: Medication Checklist

September 2014

After you have your prescription medicine, and before you leave the pharmacy:

  • Look to be sure you have the right medicine. If you’ve bought the medicine before, make sure it has the same shape, color, size, markings and packaging. Anything different? Ask your pharmacist. If it seems different when you use it, tell your pharmacist, doctor or other healthcare professional.
  • Be sure you know the right dose for the medicine and you know how to use it. Any questions? Ask your pharmacist.
  • Make sure there is a measuring spoon, cup or syringe for liquid medicine. If the medicine doesn’t come with a special measuring tool, ask your pharmacist about one. (Spoons used for eating and cooking may give the wrong dose. Don’t use them.
  • Be sure you have any written information the pharmacist can give you about the medicine. Read it and save it.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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