The Most Popular Questions Answered By Assistants of My Canadian Pharmacy

My Canadian Pharmacy strives to provide the top quality customer support. Our customer care department is happy to answer your emails, messages and calls. To make your life easier, we have selected the most popular questions of our customers and gave answers to them.

Do I need a prescription for drugs? Are you allowed to give it?

Buying drugs online is permitted in the United States. Online drug trading is regulated by The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act. We sell both prescription and non-prescription drugs online. If the buyer purchases a prescription drug, he must send us a valid prescription using email or fax. The pharmacy worker, in turn, is obliged to check the design of the prescription and conclude a contract of sale and delivery with the buyer. The pharmacy keeps records of all deliveries of drugs, including customer data. The order is packaged in one sealed package, which will protect the drug from external influences. If the buyer purchases over-the-counter item, it’s not required to provide any documents.

What’s the most optimal dosage for me?

Before taking any medication, make sure you know which dosage is right for you. To determine the best dose for your condition, you need to consult a doctor or at least read the instructions for use.

Never determine the dosage on your own! Always strictly follow the dosages given in the prescription, do not try to experiment with yourself, this, as a rule, lead to disastrous results! Do not adjust dosages on your own. This applies to absolutely all pills, mixtures and even sprays.

Do not bite the pills – if the pills can be broken, they have notches dividing the circle into two or four sectors. If there are no notches, then it is impossible to divide the tablet! If you need a smaller dosage – look for another package.

There are two reasons for which the manufacturer does not allow you to break tablets:

  1. the active substance is destroyed by gastric juice, and it must be delivered to the intestines – the shell covering the tablet protects it until the drug reaches the place of destination;
  2. there are several active substances in a tablet – and it is quite problematic to ensure their uniform distribution throughout the circle.

Do not change the dosing schedule. If the doctor prescribed one tablet three times a day for two weeks, this does not mean that you can drink 42 tablets at once. Many patients, however, think that you can take three pills in the morning so that later you may not worry about anything. And many patients think it’s possible to switch from a threefold intake to a double one if a person feels better. But the fact is that different substances reach the maximum level of concentration in the blood at different times. If the doctor has prescribed to take pills three times a day, then most likely they will last eight hours, and then you need to take the next dose. If you switch to a double admission, then you will have a rather large “naked” period – and the disease will take advantage of it.

How to deal with side effects?

Many side effects are uncomfortable, but they do not carry such a threat as an allergic reaction. It is very important to know in advance what side effects the medicine may cause and how they may affect your daily activities. For example, many drugs cause drowsiness. They cannot be taken before you get behind the wheel or perform other work that requires a quick response. You also need to know if you can drink alcohol or take other medicines while using the drug.

Common side effects include:

  • drowsiness (antihistamines, analgesics);
  • anxiety, hyperactivity, excessive agitation that interferes with sleep (decongestants and excessive caffeine, which is part of some analgesics, beta-blockers that cross the blood-brain barrier);
  • nausea, stomach discomfort or lack of appetite;
  • spasms and diarrhea (antibiotics);
  • constipation;
  • headaches.

If you notice any side effects while taking the medicine, you need to consult the doctor who prescribed the medicine to you. If a side effect develops while taking a drug that you purchased yourself, simply stop taking it. If this medication is prescribed by a doctor, then everything depends on the severity of side effects. If you cannot go to work because of them, then stop taking the medicine and ask the doctor to prescribe another drug. If the side effects are unpleasant, but you can continue normal functioning (for example, a mild headache), then wait for 2-3 days, and if the symptom does not disappear, consult a doctor to find a more suitable drug.

Side effects depend on many factors, including other medications taken (especially of plant origin), diet, stress and sleep quality.

If you have an allergic reaction to any medicine, always inform your doctor about it when he prescribes a new drug, even if it is eye drops.

If you have been prescribed a new medicine, ask how you can reduce side effects: for example, take the medicine with food or, on the contrary, on an “empty” stomach, before going to bed (if the medicine causes drowsiness) or in the morning (if it stimulates).

If you are taking medication daily, then when choosing medications for the treatment of temporarily arising symptoms, you should consult your pharmacist to reduce the risk of negative interactions and side effects.

Do not attempt to treat the side effects of one medicine by taking another without consulting a doctor.

If you believe that there is a mild allergic reaction, consult your doctor, and if this is not possible, talk to a pharmacist. An experienced medical professional will easily distinguish an allergic rash, recognize the characteristic symptoms and tell you which medicine may cause such a reaction. Do not diagnose an allergy on your own, as refusing a variety of drugs can have serious health consequences.

How to make my drug more efficient?

Any drugs should be taken according to certain rules. Usually, the method of use is specified in the instructions, and it should not be neglected. If we are talking about agents acting in the oral cavity, for example, antimicrobial lozenges, it is desirable to refrain from taking liquid or solid food for some time after resorption.

Medicines intended for ingestion should always be taken with a sufficient amount of liquid – at least half the usual cup (100-200 ml). Drugs that do not have a shell can be slightly chewed to accelerate dissolution.

If the tablet must be washed down, you’d better use the ordinary warm water. Any additives in the drink can affect the rate of absorption and further metabolism of the active substance.

Pay attention to the fact whether the drug must be taken before or after meals. Medicinal substances can bind with food in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract, it slows down their absorption and reduces efficiency. Spicy, fried, solid food enhances the dangers of anti-inflammatory drugs. Excess fat can affect the metabolic rate of drugs in the liver. Dairy products contain a significant amount of calcium, which reduces the activity of tetracycline antibiotics and some agents for the treatment of osteoporosis.

Modern medicines often have a complex composition and are available with a protective coating or in the form of a capsule, which contributes, for example, to the release of the drug in strictly defined areas of the gastrointestinal tract, in the simplest case, the membrane masks the unpleasant taste of the active ingredient. It is necessary to swallow such drugs without chewing.

Of course, occasional deviations from the rules are relatively safe. But adherence to these rules significantly increases the effectiveness of medicines and accelerates recovery.

Can you suggest the treatment plan for me?

Buying drugs without getting professional advice from a specialist, you risk paying a considerable sum of money without a guarantee of achieving the desired result of treatment. We recommend that you consult your doctor before taking any medicine. The professional will definitely pay special attention to the stage of the existing disease. The choice of drug and treatment regimen, as well as the dosage, largely depend on this fact. Perhaps, you need to have some tests since each patient is individual.

If you cannot consult a doctor for any reason, yes, we can suggest the treatment plan for your case. We provide customers with the pp-opportunity to get online consultation. Our experienced pharmacists can advise you on the choice of medication and dosages. You can opt for an online consultation if you have no time to visit a doctor and, you forgot to clarify which dosage of the drug you need, you are worried about contraindications and side effects, you need a quality generic analog of the brand-name product, your problem is too delicate or seems insignificant for a personal visit to the specialist.