Medical prescriptions are medicines your doctor gives you

what are prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines

When you visit a doctor, he or she may write you a medical prescription for medication that will help you feel better. The doctor may write out a medical prescription that you can take to your local pharmacy.

What is a medication?
A medical prescription is a type of Western medicine. It is a substance that cures sickness and disease or helps to stop symptoms. American also call medications “drugs.” Sometimes they say “prescription drugs” to be clear that they are not talking about illegal drugs.

What is a medical prescription?
A prescription is a note from your doctor which tells the pharmacy that you are authorized to receive and take this medication.

What is a pharmacy?
A pharmacy is a place that is allowed to fill a medical prescription. You will need to tell your provider the name and address of a pharmacy that is convenient for you. All drugstores, many hospitals and clinics, and some supermarkets have pharmacies.

Both your doctor and pharmacist should confirm that you understand how to take your medication. If you are confused or have any questions or doubts, ask! They will want to help you understand.

What is an over-the-counter medicine?
In some cases, the doctor may recommend an “over-the-counter” medication. Over-the-counter-medications are medications for which you don’t need a prescription. You can simply walk into any pharmacy and buy them.

Generic and brand name medications

Brand name medications are medicines that are owned and marketed under a specific company’s name. They are frequently newer drugs (medicines), or drugs for specialized conditions.

Generic medications are cheaper versions of brand-name medications that work exactly the same as their brand name counterparts.  Therefore, if your doctor writes you a prescription for a medication, it’s usually a good idea to ask and see if there is a generic version available because it will save you money.

Follow your doctor’s instructions

Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your medical prescriptionsns. Here are some simple tips for you to follow:

  • Write down all the medications that you take, and write down whether they are prescribed by a doctor or if they are over-the-counter medications.
  • List any vitamins, if you take them.
  • Always take your medication at the same time according to the doctor’s instructions.
  • Ask your doctor how you need to take them, such as with water, with food, or on an empty stomach.
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