Do you ever get confused with the medication abbreviations?

Always ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to explain each prescription you are taking.

Before you leave your doctor’s office, ask the doctor or nurse the correct spelling of the medication and clearly write the directions down.

Here are some of the most common abbreviation you might see on the labels of your prescription medications:

p.r.n. — as needed

a.c. — before meals

q.d. — every day

p.c. — after meals

b.i.d — twice a day

h.s. — at bedtime

t.i.d — three times a day

p.o. — by mouth

q.i.d — four times a day

ea. — each

Be sure to bring your prescription list to each doctor visit. Always ask questions about your new prescription.

The questions below may help you better understand the instructions for the new medication your doctor may prescribe:

What is the name of the medicine, and what is it for?

Do I need to stop taking any medications I’m currently taking?

Are there any special instructions when taking this medicine?

Do I need to take ALL of this medicine, or can I stop when I feel better?

How long do I take this medication?

When should I expect the medicine to start working?

How can I tell if the medicine is working?

What are the medicine’s side effects, and what should I do about them?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Will you give me some printed information about this medicine?

Do you have any samples of this medication.

Don’t forget to register for the second Alzheimer’s Awareness seminar, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 30 at the Waskom Library, 103 West Waskom Ave., Waskom.

A variety of topics will be covered such as caregivers resources, aroma therapy, music therapy, deep breathing exercises, dementia medications and hearing loss.

Refreshments will be served. There will be plenty of door prizes. Call 903-935-8414 to reserve your seat today.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid in order to participate in this seminar are encouraged to contact the Harrison County Extension office at 903-935-8414 seven work days prior to the event to determine reasonable accommodations.

Louraiseal McDonald is the Harrison County Extension agent for family and community health.