- What is a Prescription?
A Prescription is a written document from a Registered Medical Practitioner or other licensed practitioner, such as Dentist, with instructions to the pharmacist for dispensing a specific type and quantity of medication to a patient.
- What makes a Prescription Valid?
As per Indian Medical Laws a valid prescription should have the following information:
Name, qualification, address, and registration number of the doctor
Name, age, and gender of the patient
Date of consultation
Name of the Medication prescribed
Directions for use including dosage, frequency, and duration
Doctor’s signature and stamp
In case the patient needs to take the medicine for a long period, it should be mentioned that a refill can be issued using the same prescription for up to a specified duration.
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What to ask when at Doctor’s?
Ask for Generic Name: Check with your doctor if he can prescribe you the generic form of the drug instead of the brand name. There is a lot of price variation across various brands, so make sure you get your medicines at an affordable price.
- Ask for Legible Prescription: Make sure that your doctor has written the drug name clearly. You may ask him to write down the drug names in capital letters so that it becomes easy for the pharmacist to dispense the medicine and avoid confusing it for some other drug.
Confirm Precautions to be taken: Ask your doctor if any other medicines, drinks, or foods are to be avoided while you’re taking the prescribed drugs.
Ask for Written Refill Information: Ensure that your doctor mentions the refill information on the prescription. This is needed in case you are taking the medication for a chronic illness like diabetes or blood pressure.
Share Allergies/Past Allergic Reactions: If you have had severe allergic reactions to certain medications, let your doctor know beforehand. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop an allergic reaction to the medication that your doctor prescribes you.
Disclose any other Ongoing Medications/supplements: Let your doctor know in case you are taking medications for other conditions or if you are on any ayurvedic drugs or supplements.
Get more Information: Ask your doctor what to do if you miss a dose or if you take the excess of the prescribed dose.
How to Decode your Prescription?
You may have come across some abbreviations written after a medicine name on prescriptions. They usually specify the frequency of use. The commonly used ones are:
- OD: Once daily
- BD: Twice a day
- TDS: Three times a day
- QID: Four times a day
- SOS: If required/as required
- STAT: Single dose so the next time a doctor writes you a prescription, do not just wait for his instructions but go a step further and ask him questions about your medications and other aspects of your treatment.
Remember that it is your right as a patient to have an understanding of your medication and what it does to your body.