Good Samaritan Medical Center

Pharmacy Education and Support

The more prescriptions you have, the harder it can be to remember what to take and when. Without the proper preparation, it can be easy to forget a dose. However, missing your medication can be dangerous, so it’s important to have a plan.

Tips to manage your prescriptions

When you pick up your prescription, your pharmacist will give you instructions, which may include at what time to take it, how many times per day, for how long, and whether it should be taken with food. It’s important to follow these directions. These tips can help you better manage your medications:

  1. Make a list of the medications you are taking, their dosage information, and the times they should be taken.
  2. Purchase a pill organizer to sort your medications and plan the week ahead of time.
  3. Keep the written instructions that accompany your prescription in case you need to refer to them later.
  4. Use one pharmacy. This will help your pharmacist keep track of your prescriptions and watch for possible drug interactions.
  5. Ask questions. If any part of your instructions is unclear, ask for clarification. Our pharmacists are available to answer any questions you may have regarding your prescription.

What to do if you experience side effects

Most medicines have potential side effects, but these usually will go away after a short time and are minor compared with the benefit of taking the medication. However, if your side effects persist and you wonder if you should continue taking the medication, call your doctor. Do not stop taking the medication unless instructed by your doctor.

Call emergency services immediately if you notice any of these symptoms, as they may be signs of a severe allergic reaction:

  • Chest discomfort or heart palpitations
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting (loss of consciousness)
  • Hives
  • Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Trouble breathing

Request a prescription refill online

The MyChart Patient Portal allows you to quickly request prescription refills online, access your health information, schedule appointments and view lab results. MyChart is available 24/7 on a variety of devices — including your smartphone, tablet, laptop and home computer.

Learn more about signing up as well as other benefits of using MyChart.

Opioid abuse in the U.S.

Due to the current opioid abuse epidemic, we only accept prescriptions from certified physicians. Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue, and drug overdose continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States.

Learn more about opioids and public health.

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