Friday, June 5, 2009

Pharmacy Friday #2

Top 4 Things You Should Know About Your Drugs

1: Know Your Drugs
Seriously. I can't tell you how many times someone has called and said they need their little white pill. Umm, that could be about a thousand different drugs. Try to learn the name. It's not extremely necessary, but it's helpful. However, we know that some of them can be hard to pronounce. At the very least know what it's for. If you call up and say you need your blood pressure pill and I say "you're lisinopril?" A good answer is "Yes, that's it." Not "I dunno"
Plus, it's important to know what you're on if you ever have to go to the hospital.

2: Know When to Take Your Medicine
Depending on which medications you are on, timing can be important.
  • Some meds need to have food to work properly- Calcium needs the acid in your stomach to break down correctly, so you need to take it with food
  • Other meds need an empty stomach- Prevacid needs to be taken 30 min before meals
  • Other meds work better at night- like most cholesterol meds - but not all of them so you need to ask!
  • Some need to be taken in the morning - Fosamax needs to be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with a full glass of tap water (yes, tap water)
  • Others need to be taken at the same time every day -birth control pills work much better --especially as we age-- if you stay right around 24hrs apart

3: Know What to Avoid While On Your Medicine
These can vary greatly depending on what meds you are taking. Some you need to totally avoid, some you only need to separate by a couple hours. The list is pretty long, but here are some common pitfalls:
  • Grapefruit juice needs to be totally avoided if it interacts with your medicine, not just separated by a couple hours.
  • Antacids need to be separated by a couple hours if you are on some antibiotics
  • Alcohol is a tricky one. Many labels say to avoid it, but some are more serious than others. Confused? Ask your pharmacist!
  • Smoking can be dangerous with some medications, mainly estrogens. Seriously, you could die.

4:Know What to Expect From Your Meds

It's important to know what kinds of side effects might occur when you start a new medication. This is especially true with kids. Again, side effects will vary. Some will last the whole time you are on the medication and some will ease up once your body gets used to it. Here are just a couple examples:

  • Omnicef, an antibiotic, will make your childs poo reddish in color. That can be scary if you aren't expecting it!
  • Steroids can increase your heart rate. Again, scary if you don't know it's gonna happen.
  • Ambien will make you fall asleep -- DO NOT try to drive after you take it!


The Fragrant Muse said...

I like this new series. And I love that you numbered them. Maybe I should go back and number my fragrant friday's so people know if they missed one...
This is good basic, important information that many of us have been told but forgot or didn't pay much attention to (me)!

How did you get the flowery bullets?

otin said...

If I take viagra, and get an erection that lasts more than four hours, should I go to a doctor or a bar? LMAO!!!!

I will do the award tomorrow!

rxBambi said...

TFM: Thanks! I'm glad you like it! I don't want to be preachy either. I have no idea how I got the flowery bullets...I think it has something to do with my template (see the light flowery things on the sides?). I wouldn't recommend changing yours without the express approval of Julie though! :)

Otin: I think you should come to st louis...

Michel said...

OOOH! Pharmacy Friday! I didn't even know there WAS such a thing. I LOVE IT!

Dear Pharmacist,

Is it wrong to live your life on a quest to find the perfect fat-pill and then try to con people into giving you one??


Sleepless in Sudan

rxBambi said...

Dear Sleepless,
If there were a perfect fat pill I would not be carrying around my extra wine weight. If, by some grace of all that is good and holy with the world, you happen to find that perfect fat pill, please send me some. I would also like a dewrinkler, decelluliter, and degravitifier for boobs and butt. I look for ward to your next post.


Surfing said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and I am glad I followed you back home! First of all, the last post about your father is very heart warming. I am sorry you have had to experience that loss. I really mean that.

Regarding this post:
Dear Pharmacist: I have the Triple A program.
A-Amoretto, A-Ativan and A-Ambien. Do you think I should look into AARP?
A-Amoretto, A-Ambien, R-Resperidol and P-Prozac
A little loopy since I took the pills with Amoretto

Pastor Sharon said...

OKAY. . . WAIT A MINUTE. . . That Surfer girl that just posted is my little sister who was on my computer last and I didn't know she had not signed out!!!!!!!
So, RX BAMBI, I have now stolen the identity of my little sister to sign your blog. I have two questions about that!
1) Since I am a pastor and I stole something, do you think God will forgive me?
2) Can I still look into AARP at your pharmacy or will you want all kinds of ID because you might think I am using an alias, and I can't get narcotics there anymore.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

clearly if a medicine calls for not drinking alcohol I just wait it out and see if I REALLy do in fact need the medicine!