Successful pharmacotherapy requires a patient to comply with themselves to the treatment prescribed. For example, a cholesterol lowering medicine alone does not replace a healthy diet; blood pressure tablets, to lower high blood pressure, can be completely defeated by continued over use of salt.
Typical pharmaceutical questions users of medicine should consider
- What is the purpose of the medicine.
- What is the medication’s dosage and am I allwed to change the dose on my own.
- At what time does the medicine need to be taken.
- How fast will the medicine start to take affect.
- What foods or drinks should not be taken at the same time with the medicine.
- How long does this medicine need to be used.
- What are the side affects the medicine might have and when should a doctor be contacted.
- Does the medicine lower your attentiveness or ability to drive a motor vehicle.
- How should the medicine be stored.
- How do I take the medicine properly with the apparatus provided.
- Am I accidentally taking the same medicine under different brand names.
- Are there less expensive, interchangeable medicines that perhaps KELA (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) will help co-pay.
- How does the prescription get renewed, and when.
- Are there medicine interactions possible with other medications.