It is a good idea to learn the names of your medications and why you take them. If you are unable to remember them, make a list of the medications and reasons you take them and keep it with you. Please ask your physician to help you if you are uncertain as to why you are taking certain medications.
If you cannot remember the names and dosages of your pills and how many you have left, you can bring your medications, in the bottles, to the office. It is difficult for most physicians to identify medications based on a description of their appearance.
When you pick up your medications, please check that the pharmacy has indicated the correct number of refills on your medications. On a pill bottle, this will appear as Refills:# or Ref:#. Refills are sometimes omitted by the pharmacy.
A prefix before a proper medication name refers to the generic manufacturer of that medication (ex. Apo-, Ratio-, Ran-, Teva-). Occasionally there are factors in how a medication is manufactured that allow some patients to tolerate one generic over another.