A: If the medication is brand-name medication, the pharmacy will have it on the front of the prescription bottle. If the medication is a generic name, the pharmacy will have an X on the medication.
Q: What are the differences between an NDC and a DEA number?
A: An NDC is short for the National Drug Control Policy. The NDC is a federal government-issued drug-abuse monitoring program for drug manufacturers. It is not a DEA number.
Q: What is a Schedule?
A: A Schedule is a group of drugs that have similar chemical properties. These drugs have the same chemical makeup, but differ slightly in their dosage, which is measured by milligrams (mg) or milliequivalents (MEQ).
Q: What is the difference between a Schedule II drug and a Schedule III drug?
A: A Schedule II drug has a high potential for abuse. A Schedule III drug has a low potential for abuse.
Q: How do I get my medication to the pharmacy?
A: You can visit the pharmacy and pick up your prescription at the same time, or you can have the pharmacy call you to make an appointment. You can also pay the cashier at the pharmacy to receive your medication.
Q: How much do I have to pay for a prescription?
A: A prescription is free, but there is a small cost for the pharmacy.
Q: How long does it take to get my prescription?
A: It all depends on the pharmacy. Some pharmacies will give you the prescription in a few days, while others may take two weeks.
Q: How do I get a copy of my prescription?
A: You can have your pharmacy mail you a copy of the prescription. They will mail you a printed copy of the prescription and any special instructions that the doctor gave you, such as dosage instructions.
Q: What are the different types of prescriptions?
A: There are two types of prescriptions:
- An original prescription. This is a prescription you can get from the doctor and can be used to refill your prescription at the pharmacy.
- A refill prescription. This is a prescription you can get from the pharmacy and can be used to refill your original prescription.
Q: Can I bring my medication to my appointment?
A: It depends. Some pharmacies offer to store your medication for you, but this is usually only available on the weekend.
Q: What is a non-prescription drug?
A: A non-prescription drug is a medication that is not approved by the FDA.
Q: What is a prescription drug?
A: A prescription drug is a drug that is given to you by a doctor, and is not given to you over the counter. Most of the time, it is given to people who cannot get it over the counter.
Q: Why is my name on the prescription?
A: The doctor gives you the prescription. The doctor is the one who writes the prescription and signs the prescription.
Q: How do I get a second prescription?
A: A “second prescription” is a prescription that is given for the same drug that you were prescribed before.
Q: How long does it take to get a prescription?
A: It can take a couple of weeks to get a prescription, but sometimes it can take a few months.
Q: How much does it cost to get a prescription?
A: If you have a copay, the cost depends on your copay. If you have a coinsurance, the cost is usually less.
Q: Do I need to get a prescription from a doctor?
A: Yes, you do.
Q: What medications are used to treat cancer?
A: There are several types of medications that are used to treat cancer. They can be grouped into three categories: chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biologic therapy.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that kills cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs can be given in several ways.
- IV (intravenous) infusion. This is a drug that is given into the vein (IV) through a needle. The drug is given for several hours to days.
- Oral tablets. These are given by mouth.
- Oral solution. These are given by mouth in a liquid form.
Hormonal therapy is a treatment that is used to help stop or slow the growth of cancer. Hormonal therapy drugs can be given in several ways.
- Oral tablets. These are taken by mouth.
- Creams. These are applied to the skin.
- Creams and pills. These are taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
Biologic therapy is a treatment that uses cells from your own body to help fight cancer. Biologic therapy drugs can be given in several ways.
- Oral tablets. These are taken by mouth
- Injections. These are given into the muscle.
- Injections and pills. These are given by injection or taken by mouth.
When should I call my doctor?
- You have new symptoms, such as new pain, swelling, or new lumps.
- You have a fever that does not go away.
- You have any new symptoms.
- You don’t have any symptoms.
The symptoms of cancer are different from person to person. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, call your doctor.
Symptoms of cancer
Early symptoms of cancer depend on the type of cancer. However, early symptoms may include:
- A lump in the breast
- Changes in the size or shape of the breast
- Changes in how your nipple looks
- Changes in the size or shape of an organ near your breast
- A change in the size or shape of a lymph node in the armpit
What is the takeaway?
If you have cancer, you need to call your doctor as soon as possible. They can do a physical exam, blood test, and other tests to see if the cancer is coming back. They can do tests to see if the cancer has spread, and they can prescribe treatments and other medications to help you.
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