Are cc and ml the same amount?

Yes, cubic centimeter (cc) and milliliter (ml) are equivalent measurements. For example, 5 cc equals 5 ml.

Can I get assistance with Specialty Drugs?

Yes. If you can’t afford the prescription drugs you need, you may be eligible for assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit groups, or state governments.

How do you take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice?

Plan B One-Step® is one tablet of levonorgestrel 1.5 mg and should be taken within 72 hours (ideally within 24 hours) of unprotected sex, including contraceptive failure (such as a torn diaphragm or condom).

Next Choice® contains two tablets of levonorgestrel 0.75 mg. The first tablet should be taken within 72 hours (ideally within 24 hours) of unprotected sex, including contraceptive failure (such as a torn diaphragm or condom). The second tablet is to be taken 12 hours after the first tablet is taken.

Is it safe to become pregnant or breast-feed while taking this medication?

Women should consider the possible side effects of medications when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy, or when nursing a baby. Most drugs cause no problems, but others can cause birth defects when the mother takes them early in pregnancy. Although they are usually safe, most drugs pass through a mother’s system into breast milk. Therefore, expectant mothers should ask their pharmacist or physician before using any prescription, or non-prescription, or herbal medications.

What are the most common drug allergies? How do I know if I am allergic to any medications?

The most common drug allergies include penicillin and sulfa drugs. Allergic reactions to medications can present as a rash or as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include swelling of the face, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing and require emergency medical care. Allergies should not to be confused with intolerance to a medication such as nausea, vomiting, headache, etc.

What is a Prior Authorization?

A Prior authorization is a process used by some health insurance companies in the United States to determine if they will cover a prescribed procedure, service, or medication. The process is intended to act as a safety and cost-saving measure, although it has received criticism from physicians for being costly and time-consuming.

What is a Specialty Pharmacy?

A Specialty pharmacy refers to distribution channels designed to handle specialty drugs — pharmaceutical therapies that are either high cost, high complexity and/or high touch. High touch refers to higher degree of complexity in terms of distribution, administration, or patient management which drives up the cost of the drugs.

What is Auto fill?

Auto fill is a prescription refill convenience. Your prescription will be automatically refilled every 30 to 90 days depending on your request. With this service there is no need to call, email, or fax the pharmacy for a refill request. When your prescription has no refills or is expired the pharmacy will contact your physician.

What should I do if I miss a dose of my medication?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and return to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I do if my medication looks different from last time and there is no information stating why it has changed?

If there is no information on your prescription bottle, check the leaflet it may indicate it is a different manufacturer of the same medicine. If there is no such information, call the pharmacy number printed on your prescription bottle.

What should I drink when I take my medications?

Certain foods, beverages, alcohol, caffeine, and even cigarettes can interact with medicines. Generally, water is the best liquid to drink when taking a medication. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

For example, because certain types of aspirin can cause stomach upset, you may tolerate them better if you take them with milk. Certain medications may be absorbed into the body better when ingested with food. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more specific information.

Here are some examples of potentially harmful interactions between medications and food or drink:
• Drinking alcohol when taking an antihistamine (can cause increased drowsiness),
• Drinking alcohol when taking an aspirin or acetaminophen product for pain (can damage the liver),
• Drinking caffeinated beverages when using inhalers for bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema (these types of inhalers and caffeine both stimulate the nervous system), and
• Eating food with certain blood pressure medications (food can sometimes decrease absorption)

Why are brand name drugs more expensive than generic?

Generic drugs cost less than brand name drugs because the manufacturer didn’t have to spend many years — and lots of money — creating it. Generic drugs are copies of brand name drugs that have already been through the expensive process of research and development before being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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