Expert Medication Counseling for Improved Patient Results
Because some medications can interfere with chemotherapy, it is important for your care team to know about all your current medications and supplements. Participating in a medical counseling session with your physician can improve the effectiveness of your cancer therapy and reduce adverse reactions.
Additionally, the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion includes oncology pharmacists as key members of your care team. The oncology pharmacists are a resource for advice on pain control and the preparations and potential changes in your drug therapy.
How to Receive Medication Counseling
Bring a list of medications (prescription and non-prescription), dosage, how often you take them and the reason you take them to each doctor visit. If you’d prefer, you may bring all your medications stored in their original container to avoid confusion.
Things you should know about your medications:
- What are brand and generic names of the product?
- What is the purpose of the medication?
- What is the dosage?
- How should I take this medication? (e.g., with food?)
- How often should I take it? What should I do if I miss a dose?
- Do I need any test while taking this medicine?
- Does this medication have any side effects? What are they? What should I do if they occur?
- Does this medication interact with any other medications? With over-the-counter medications? With foods?
- How should I store this medication?
- If this is a new prescription, should I stop taking any other medications I am currently taking?
Talk to a Pharmacy Specialist
You can contact the St. Joseph’s/Candler pharmacy by calling 912-819-8167 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For after-hours help, you may speak with a St. Joseph’s/Candler pharmacist by calling 912-819-6044.