Know Your Pharmacist. Know Your Medicine.

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Your doctor and your pharmacist at Carnegie Sargents Pharmacy are a powerful team, working to ensure the best selection and management of your prescription and nonprescription medicines. Our prescription services go beyond just filling prescriptions.

Ultimately, you are responsible for managing your health care, but we can help if you keep us up-to-date about your health and the medications you are taking, especially when seeing multiple health care providers. This ensures that we have access to your complete medication history when checking for problems or possible interactions.

Team up and talk with your pharmacist at Carnegie Sargents about our prescription services.

Use the tips below to get the most out of our prescription services:

Tell Us

  • Tell us everything you use. Keep a record and give it to us. Make sure you document all the prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, herbals, and other supplements you use. We will use this to keep your records up-to-date and help you use medicine safely.
  • Tell us if you've had any allergic reactions or problems with medicines, medicines with dietary supplements, medicines with food, or medicines with other treatments.
  • Tell us anything that could affect your use of medicine, such as trouble with swallowing, reading labels, remembering to use medicine, or paying for medicine.
  • Tell us before you start using something new. We can help you avoid medicines, supplements, foods, and other things that don't mix well with your medicines.
  • Tell us if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or if you are breast feeding.

Ask Us

  • What are the brand and generic (non-brand) names?
  • What is the active ingredient? Can I use a generic?
  • What is this for, and how is it going to help me?
  • How and when should I use it? How much do I use?
  • How long should I use it for? Can I stop using the medicine or use less if I feel better?
  • What should I do if I …miss a dose? ….use too much?
  • Will this take the place of anything else I am using?
  • When will the medicine start working? How should I expect to feel?
  • Are there any special directions for using this?
  • Should I avoid any other medicines, dietary supplements, drinks, foods, activities, or other things?
  • Is there anything I should watch for, like allergic reactions or side effects? What do I do if I get any?
  • Will I need any tests to check the medicine's effects (blood tests, x-rays, other)? When will I need those?
  • How and where should I keep this medicine?
  • Is there a medication guide or other patient information for this medicine?
  • Where and how can I get more written information?

Before You Leave

After you have the 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 this medicine has the same shape, color, size, markings, and packaging. Anything different? Ask us. If it seems different when you use it, tell us, your doctor, or another healthcare professional.
  • 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 us for one. Spoons used for eating and cooking may give the wrong dose. Don't use them.
  • Be sure you have any information we give you about the medicine. Read it and save it.
  • Get our phone number so you can call back if you have further questions.

Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine.

The motto “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine” is worth remembering, especially if you take multiple medications. The next time you go in to pick up a prescription, take a few minutes to speak with your Carnegie Sargents pharmacist about any medication questions or concerns you might have.