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There are many differences in the global industry that manufactures, prices, and distributes pharmaceutical drugs.  Generic drugs sold at local pharmacies are often manufactured in foreign plants that pass US FDA regulations.  Other countries have similar restrictions on their drugs, often ones that have a...

The short answer is that color has no effect on the effect of medication. However, humans have the tendency to form judgement based on color. A common example is your perception of food based on the richness or depth of color . For example, deep red...

When filling prescriptions, a pharmacist has a responsibility to you to ensure a safe experience. For instance, it is the pharmacist’s duty to ensure that a patient is receiving the correct prescription medication and double check with the doctor if the dosage is unclear. As a patient, it is prudent to be aware of your safety. Here are five things pharmacists want their patients to know:

 

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  1. Pharmacists are under a lot of pressure

Due to pharmacies filling numerous prescriptions at the same time, pharmacists are required to do their work very quickly and efficiently. At any given time, a pharmacist may have over 10 prescriptions in process. It is always a wise idea to check your label to ensure that your prescription is the correct one and that you are getting the right dosage.

 

  1. Be patient when your prescription is being filled

We all have limited time in our day and sometimes patients cannot wait for long periods when stopping at a pharmacy. Pharmacists need to be very thorough at their job and it is vital that they get them done correctly, so a waiting period should be met with some tolerance.

 

  1. Mornings are the best time to get prescriptions filled

Mornings tend to be less hectic than lunchtime and after-work times. In the mornings, pharmacist usually have more time to assist you in understanding the proper use of your prescription.

 

  1. Inform yourself about all your medication options

Many patients face the choice of either purchasing a brand name or generic medication. Brand name and generic drugs share the same active ingredients, meaning that they have the same effect on your body. Regardless of its availability at your local pharmacy, it is best to inquire about the specific comparisons between the brand name and generic drug options.

 

  1. Do not wait until you completely run out of medication for a refill

It is important to remember that refilling prescriptions is not instant and you should allow at least 48 hour notice when you leave a prescription for fill-up.

There are many differences in the global industry that manufactures, prices, and distributes pharmaceutical drugs.  Generic drugs sold at local pharmacies are often manufactured in foreign plants that pass US FDA regulations.  Other countries have similar restrictions on their drugs, often ones that have a different name and appearance, but have the same effect.

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For example, the brand name drug, Crestor, an oral drug which is commonly used to lower blood cholesterol levels has a generic brand, Rosuvastatin. It also treats many conditions such as hyperlipidemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. This generic drug is available in US pharmacies, but Crestor is much cheaper if purchased online.

Many consumers tend to speculate the quality of the drugs when purchasing from an online pharmacy, but with the help of online resources like Pharmacychecker.com it is easy to verify that these drugs are being purchased from a reliable source.

Acetaminophen overdose is the deadliest over the counter drug, resulting in over 1 500 deaths in the United States between 2001 and 2010 [1]. Since this drug is well-known as an over-the-counter painkiller, people tend to forget to heed the side effects, especially when they have become accustomed to taking this drug regularly. Here are some scenarios where an unintentional overdose is possible:

 

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  1. Getting too much acetaminophen from different sources:

This usually occurs when patients are taking multiple medications at the same time. It is highly possible that there is acetaminophen in other medications when one is treating for chronic pain relief. So taking another dose of Tylenol on top of the prescription medication can lead to an unintended overdose.
 
Prevention Method:
It is a wise idea to consult with your doctor and make sure that the total dose of acetaminophen does not exceed the recommended amount according to your age. Next, make sure that the intervals in between your doses are correct.

 

  1. Taking an incorrect dose:

It is common that people lose track of how much acetaminophen they have already taken.  Taking a stronger version of the pill or taking too many pills together at the same time can lead to too much acetaminophen in your system.
 
Prevention Method:
If you are taking multiple medications at the same time it is a good idea to get a pill organizer or set alarms or reminders on when to take your dose. This way you can avoid losing count of how many pills you have already taken.

 

  1. Taking acetaminophen in an extended release form:

Taking an extended release form of acetaminophen means that this pill dissolves in your body over time, as the drug gets released slowly in your bloodstream. This can be beneficial in the sense that you get the amount of acetaminophen in less frequent intervals. However, some people who look for more pain relief either take too many extended release pills, or combine them with instant relief pills, which increases the risk of having too much acetaminophen in your body.

Prevention Method:
It is important that you consult with a pharmacist or a physician to determine if the extended release form of the pill is a good option in your case. In order for the pill to do its work effectively, it is vital that the pill is not tampered with. Chewing, crushing or dissolving the pill are always that hinder its ability to function properly.

[1] Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/tylenol-overdose_n_3976991.html
 

The short answer is that color has no effect on the effect of medication. However, humans have the tendency to form judgement based on color. A common example is your perception of food based on the richness or depth of color . For example, deep red salmon is far more appetizing than a dull pink salmon. The effect extends past food, as color also influences judgement when it comes to self-administrating drugs.

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Color can trigger the anticipation of taste.

Whether it is chewing a tablet, swallowing a pill or drinking a liquid, the color of the substance becomes the most significant reminder of the sensory experience that corresponds to ingesting that drug. For instance, it is a common perception that red tablets are more bitter than pink tablets. Common liquid medication supports this ideology as well because many sweet children’s medication are found in pink.

 

Color can influence a patient’s anticipation of treatment.

This phenomenon is very common when it comes to patients taking anti-depressants. For example, these patients feel less motivated to take dull maroon colored pills because they anticipate that these pills will not be as effective as brightly colored pill. Another example is when patients require a tablet for acid reflux. These patients would much rather prefer a soft pink colored pill than a bright green pill. Often  a brighter green is associated with lime and the sour taste of citric acid, which makes the patient want to avoid that pill.

Overall, it is surprising how color can have such a significant impact on how a person perceives their medication. The well-researched psychological effect of color on the effectiveness of medication describes how people can have a preconceived notion of taking a drug.

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