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Is there a different form of the
medication (i.e. liquid, crushable,
etc.) to help me swallow?
The answer here is... maybe. There
are many medications that come in
different dosage forms or that can be
manipulated into a different dosage form,
but there are certain medications that cannot
be altered. It is really important to ask your pharmacist what your
options are. Even if there is not an acceptable way to alter the form
of the medication (do not crush/dissolve/or chew for example),
there are tips and tricks that we can provide you with to help make
taking your medication easier. If those tips and tricks still don't work
for you, we will work with your provider to determine if there is an
alternative medication to switch you to that would give you the
same therapeutic benefit.

What are the drug's side effects?
Knowing the side effects of your medications, both the common
and the rare, is a really important piece of the treatment puzzle.
I absolutely recommend you fill at least your chemotherapy
medication with a specialty pharmacy if only to get these key
pieces of information. Not only will we discuss with you the most
common side effects, but we will talk you through how to manage
these side effects and recommend certain products or treatments
for those side effects. We will also tell you what to look for in the
event you have a serious side effect of
the medication and the proper steps
you need to take to alert your physician
or us at the pharmacy. The reality is
that your community pharmacist can
look up side effects of any medication
on the market, but they typically do
not see oncology medications every
day, so finding a resource that has the
knowledge is key to getting you the
most accurate information. Especially
with Walgreens, we have over 300
community-based specialty pharmacies
that can get you to the right people to
answer your questions.

What should I do if I experience a
side effect?
I encourage all of my patients and
their caregivers to program our phone
number into their cell phones and to
call us if they even think they are having
a side effect. With my team being
located inside of the cancer center, we
are often the quickest link to the rest

of the healthcare team if there's a question or concern. With every
medication, we expect certain side effects, those which we will go
over with you before you start your medication. In the event that
you experience a side effect, please let us know. We are here to help
you manage the side effect or help you determine if you need to be
seen by your physician or if you need to stop taking the medication
all together. It is rare, but in the event of a severe allergic reaction,
we always recommend dialing 911 first before calling any other
healthcare provider.

What are the protocols for checking if my order is ready?
There are so many ways for you to know when your prescription
is ready. When you fill with one of our community-based specialty
pharmacies, we will be in communication with you via telephone
5 to 7 days before your refill is even due. During these calls we will
assess your readiness for refill and discuss any changes in therapy
you've had and determine if you're experiencing side effects.
We want to ensure that you have all of the support you need so
you don't miss any doses of your medications and that you have
the tools you need to manage any side effects. Because we are
proactively managing your refills, you will know exactly when your
medication will be filled and ready for either pickup or delivery to
your home. We also encourage the use of our Walgreens app to have
your medical and prescription information at your fingertips. It is
the quickest way to determine if your medication is ready or if it's
delayed, the reason it is delayed.



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