How Prescription Savvy Are You?

More than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug. Not taking a drug, or taking too much or too little, can actually worsen many conditions. Drug interactions can also make a drug ineffective or put you at risk for adverse reactions.

 

What's your I.Q. when it comes to prescriptions?
True or False?

  1. I don't need to tell my doctor about herbal supplements I'm taking.
  2. Side effects show up immediately.
  3. It is smart to double-check prescription information with your doctor and again with your pharmacist when you fill the prescription.
  4. How you store a prescription drug could make it less effective.
  5. Drug companies control prescription costs. Insurance plans offer the only opportunity to save on medications.
 

Answers
1. False. Herbs and dietary supplements may interact with your prescriptions. Even something "natural" may worsen specific health conditions. Tell your doctor about any drugs (prescription and over the counter) you are taking.

2. False. Some side effects, such as rashes or nausea, may show up immediately. However, there are also side effects, such as anemia that show up gradually. Read the information on potential side effects packaged with your prescriptions and consult your pharmacist with any questions.

3. True. According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, about 10 percent of prescriptions include errors. Read labels before you start taking a new prescription.

4. True. Medications may be sensitive to heat, light, humidity or moisture. Store all prescriptions according to directions—and out of the reach of children.

5. False. Use AAA Prescription Savings. This is not insurance, it is a discount at participating pharmacies.

AAA Prescription Savings is included with your membership. Through AAA Prescriptions Savings, members save an average of 24 percent on medications. The savings card can be used at over 59,000 locations nationwide. Click here to learn more.

Did you know? You can receive a free weekly pill case from July 1-Aug. 31, 2011. Simply call 1-866-AAA-SAVE, press #3, and ask for your free AAA Prescription Savings card and weekly pill case.

Offer good 7/1-8/31/2011 or while supplies last. One pill case per household. AAA Prescription Savings is not insurance. Discounts are only available at participating pharmacies.



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