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Medication FAQ

Why does my prescription form look different from prescriptions I receive from my regular doctor?

At the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart Hospital, we use a different form for prescriptions. The form you receive from us may not look like something you usually get from your doctor's office. This form is your prescription for one or more of the medications listed.

Where can I have the prescription filled?

You can fill your prescription at the pharmacy of your choice. The Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital does not have a pharmacy onsite, but you can get prescriptions filled at the Plaza Pharmacy at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Plaza Pharmacy
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Wadley Building
3600 Gaston Ave Ste 109

Dallas, TX 75246

The Plaza Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What are generic medications?

A generic medication is a copy of the brand name drug in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance, and intended use, but usually for a fraction of the cost.

Do generic medications work as well as name brand medications?

Manufacturers are required to have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to produce medications. Brand and generic medications that are equivalent work equally well. There are a few medications for which the FDA has determined that the brand and generic product are not identical. Contact your physician to determine if your medication is considered identical.

I feel better than I did. Do I have to continue taking all of the medication?

It is important to follow the instructions on all of your medications. Some medications are important to take regularly even when you feel better. Do not stop taking your medication without your doctor's orders. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

I had a stent placed. The doctor said that I have to take Plavix. How long should I stay on it?

Plavix is an important medication to take following the placement of a stent. The length of time that you will need to take Plavix varies. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to determine the appropriate length of time you need to take Plavix. Consult your doctor before discontinuing any medications.

What happens if I miss a dose?

This varies based on the medication that you missed. Contact your doctor or pharmacist to find out what to do.

Can grapefruit juice or other juices and food interact with medications?

Yes, grapefruit and other juices may interact with medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review drug-food interactions specific to your medications.

What should I do if I experience side effects?

All medications can result in side effects. Some side effects are more of a concern than others. Contact your physician or pharmacist to discuss any concerns related to side effects.

Can I split my pills in half or crush them?

Some medications have a protective coating and cannot be crushed or split in half. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medications can be crushed or split.

Why does my doctor recommend that I take an aspirin?

Aspirin can be used in some patients to prevent a stroke or to help following revascularization procedures. Discuss the use of aspirin with your doctor.

Can I take Viagra?

Viagra is not safe for some patients to take. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medication list to see if you can take Viagra.

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