But don't just hold up a bottle and ask, "Is this one good?" Give them the full story. Tell your pharmacist:
Who the medicine is for. Is it for you, your five-year-old child, or your 73-year-old parent? And no fair sharing unless you tell the pharmacist. What symptoms you're trying to treat, how severe they are, and how long they've existed. Any health conditions you or the would-be medicine-taker has. What makes the symptoms you want to treat better or worse. What else you've already taken or tried to treat the problem, and if it helped. What other drugs and supplements you or the would-be medicine-taker is also taking.
In tapping your pharmacist this way, you'll greatly reduce the odds that you'll be in the E.R. later than evening with stomach bleeding, or the chance that you'll be up at 3:00 a.m. telling your equally miserable spouse, "I spent $14.49 on this junk, and it has not helped at all."
Find out more about this book:YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment