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Your Pharmacist: Frequently Asked Questions

This document answers pharmacist related questions about medications. Topics cover medicines storage, expiration date on prescription medication, prescription medicine dosage, and more.

Review Date: February 07, 2011

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

ADHD Medicines

Medicines used to treat attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are called psychostimulants. This document discusses ADHD medications, possible side affects, and how medications need to be taken.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Alzheimer's Disease Medications Fact Sheet

Medications called cholinesterase inhibitors are prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs may help delay or prevent symptoms from becoming worse for a limited time and may help control some behavioral symptoms.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Cancer Drug Information Summaries - National Cancer Institute

These summaries provide consumer-friendly information about certain drugs that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat cancer or conditions related to cancer.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

DrugDigest

Learn about drugs, vitamins, and herbs, and how the drugs you take compare with others. Check interactions between two or more drugs and get detailed information regarding potentially harmful drug interactions.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Commercial Entity--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Drugs@FDA

Search this catalog of FDA approved drug products for information on approved and tentatively approved prescription, generic, over-the-counter, and discontinued drugs. Drug Approval Reports are also provided.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Herbal Supplements May Not Mix with Heart Medicines

Many herbal supplements can interact with medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other conditions. Some interactions can be dangerous. This document lists common herbal supplements, foods and vitamins that can interact with heart disease medications.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

How to Administer Medications

This site provides graphical illustrations on how to safely administer eye, ear, and nose drops, inhalers, and suppositories.

Review Date: October 26, 2011

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Managing Prescription Treatments: High Blood Pressure

It's not possible to make a one-size-fits-all rule about when to begin taking medication. This is a decision for your doctor to make, considering your age, body mass index, activity level, other risk factors and blood pressure readings taken over time.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

American Heart Association

Medicare Formulary Finder for Prescription Drug Plans

The Formulary Finder for Prescription Drug Plans tool will allow you to find plans in your state that match your required drug list.

Review Date: April 01, 2011

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

PEERx: Rx Abuse Is Drug Abuse

Learn about prescription drug abuse and dangerous health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Prescription Drug Abuse Chart

This chart provides a brief look at some prescribed medications that—when used improperly—have the potential for abuse and even addiction.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Safe Use of Medicines

Read this booklet for practical tips to make sure you are taking all your medicines the right way. Hear how other older adults practice medicine safety. Share this booklet with your family and friends.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Tips for Taking Medicines Safely (Video)

Watch this video to learn how to take your medicines, vitamins and supplements safely and correctly.

Review Date: July 11, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

What Medicines Are and What They Do

This article explains medicines to children including how they work to make children feel better, and how doctors know which medicines to prescribe for kids' illnesses.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

When You Are Prescribed an Off-Label Medicine: What You Need to Know- (PDF)

Are off-label drugs safe? Explore this question, and other related questions noted in this article about drug safety, with your doctor.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.

Learn how to take medicines safely by reading this guide. Keep the guide with your medicines, and use the wallet card provided.

Review Date: June 22, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality