How to read a prescription (paano magbasa ng reseta ng doktor?)
A prescription, or “reseta”, is typically a white piece of paper with a large ℞ symbol printed on it. There are several essential parts of a prescription.
Without these parts, the prescription is considered invalid and you cannot get your medicines from the pharmacy.
The parts of a prescription include the following:
- Prescriber’s information
This part of the prescription includes information about the patient. It requires the full name of the patient, their address, sex, and age or date of birth. The patient’s weight may also be included here, as it may be used to calculate the dose of certain drugs.
The superscription is found at the top portion of the paper. The importance of the superscription is to ensure that the pharmacist is dispensing the right medication to the right person.
If you are filling a prescription on behalf of someone else, like your elderly family members, you will need to show proof. Having a signed authorization letter and government ID may be needed to fill the prescription.
In some cases, the pharmacy may not dispense certain drugs unless you are the owner of the prescription. This is especially true for dangerous or controlled drugs like opioid painkillers.
The ℞ symbol comes from the Latin word “recipere”, which is closely translated as “to take or receive”. The word recipe also comes from this word.
In the past, pharmacists were known as chemists or apothecaries and the “recipes” were used to make or compound medicines from scratch.
Today, some doctors prescribe medications that require compounding and reconstitution. The compounding instructions are in the prescription.
This is the body or main part of the prescription. The inscription contains the name of the drugs and their respective strengths.