HOW TO WRITE A PRESCRIPTION.
There is no global standard for prescriptions and every country has its own regulations.
The most important requirement is that the prescription be clear.
1. Effects of the drug
Why the drug is needed
Which symptoms will disappear, and which will not
When the effect is expected to start
What will happen if the drug is taken incorrectly or not at all
2. Side effects
Which side effects may occur
How to recognize them
How long they will continue
How serious they are
What action to take
3. Instructions country has its own regulations.
How the drug should be taken
When it should be taken
How long the treatment should continue
How the drug should be stored
What to do with left-over drugs
When the drug should not be taken
What is the maximum dose
Why the full treatment course should be taken
5. country has its own regulations. Future consultations
When to come back (or not)
In what circumstances to come earlier
What information the doctor will need at the next appointment
6. Everything clear?
Ask the patient whether everything is understood
Ask the patient to repeat the most important information
Ask whether the patient has any more questions