The Gale Encyclopedia of Prescription Drugs PDF

The Gale Encyclopedia of Prescription Drugs PDF



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Preface

Being told you need to take a prescription drug can sometimes be alarming. A lot happens during the medication process, from when the doctor determines a prescription medication is necessary to when the prescription is picked up at the pharmacy and the first dose is taken. When a doctor determines a prescription medication is necessary, the patient might leave the office with a handwritten or computer-generated prescription, or the doctor could fax, electronically submit, or phone the prescription directly to the pharmacy. For the patient, the entire process can be mysterious, confusing, and maybe even a little frightening. How did my prescription get to the pharmacy? What is the pharmacist doing behind the glass? Why do I need a prescription for some drugs but not others? Why does a generic medication cost so much less, and is it really the same as the brand name product? How will I feel when I take the drug—will it make me feel better or could I feel sicker?


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