I just got home from my Louisville pharmacy and was going to take the medicine I just got refilled. The pill looks a bit different from those in the bottle I just finished, but there’s no label on the bottle stating that it’s the same medication even though it looks different. I don’t want to sound like a fool, but should I call the pharmacist?

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Better to sound like a fool than to get sick or even die because of your reluctance to ask—and you won’t sound like a fool! I’ve often heard teachers say that the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

Patients have to take the reins with their own health care. Don’t be a victim! Call the pharmacist. State the name of the pills you have. Describe what they look like, as well as your concerns. I’m sure he or she will be glad to know that some consumers are cautious. What if the drug you received injures or kills you? That pharmacist will have a lot to deal with: regret, perhaps being fired, and possibly a lawsuit.

From now on, check your medication before you leave the pharmacy; if it looks different, ask the pharmacist for clarification. Say, for example, “Excuse me, but the pills in my last prescription for 50-mg. [drug name] were somewhat smaller and a darker shade of green. I just wanted to make sure that this is the same medication.”

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