Guide to Prescription Writing

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1) Simply because a patient perceives that he or she has not received adequate attention unless a prescription is written is insufficient reason to write one.

2) Obtain accurate and complete patient history, including whether the patient is taking any drugs prescribed by other doctors or over-the-counter drugs: both can affect the dosage of the drug being prescribed.

3) Use a separate prescription blank for each drug ordered. Avoid using prescription blanks with trade names printed on them. Never sign a prescription blank; always store blank prescription pads in a secure place.

4) Write out numbers rather than using digits so that the prescription cannot be altered in any way.

5) Prescribe sufficient drugs at adequate dosing intervals to maintain therapeutic blood levels.

6) Review the manufacturer’s date for prescription drugs; changes are made periodically that affect the indication for use, dosage, or side effects.

7) Specify whether and how many times the prescription may be refilled.

8 ) Keep a record of all drugs prescribed for each patient.

9) Instructions regarding anticipated side effects, as well as the use of alcohol while taking the prescribed drug, should be explained to the patient verbally. Advise the patient to call the office should side effects develop.

10) Cost factors should be considered when prescribing medication, especially for the elderly.

I hope I have covered many vital points in prescription writing; you could also lend out your valuable suggestions here.

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