Use These Questions to Avoid Any Risky Business With Your Meds

Before starting a new prescription, over-the-counter medication or herbal supplement, discuss these questions with your pharmacist to avoid any dangerous interactions.

  • What is this medication used for?
  • How should I take this medication?
    • How do I take it?
    • How much?
    • How often and at what time?
    • For how long?
    • With or without food?
  • Will this interact with any of the other medications I take?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • When will the medicine begin to work?
  • How will I know if the medicine is working? What should I do if it doesn’t seem to work?
  • What side effects should I watch for?
    • How long will they last?
    • What should I do if they occur?
    • How can I lessen the side effects?
  • While I’m taking this medicine, should I avoid:
    • Driving, operating machinery, etc.?
    • Drinking alcohol?
    • Eating certain foods?
    • Taking certain medications?
    • Any other precautions?
  • How should I store this medication?
  • Are there any special instructions about using this medication?
  • Are there any laboratory tests that I should get while on this medication?
  • Should I take any specific/additional dietary supplements or vitamins while on this medication?

If you have any other questions about your medications, call the Tria Help Desk at 1.888.799.TRIA (8742) to speak confidentially with a clinical pharmacist. Visit for more resources.

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