The University Pharmacy is available to students, faculty and staff, as well as their dependents, and even the outside public! We have a wide variety of prescription medications as well as many over-the-counter products. The pharmacy is licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy and is operated by three registered pharmacists and one pharmacy technician. Our licensed pharmacists will be happy to discuss any questions you have regarding your medications. We offer quick, professional and personal service in a convenient setting.
- Filling prescriptions from any practitioner, even from out of state!
- Special ordering of items or products that are not routinely stocked
- Compatibility with more than 100 insurance plans
- Prescription transfers to and from our pharmac
- A wide variety of over-the-counter medications
- Individual, confidential counseling
Tips for filling your prescription
- Save time by calling your prescription refill in ahead of time at 412-383-1850.
- Have your current prescription insurance card available.
- In case of a question, we may need to contact your prescriber. If your clinician is not from Student Health Service, please have his or her contact information readily available
103 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Telephone: (412) 383-1850
Fax: (412) 383-1855
I have a schedule II controlled substance prescription. How should I store it?
The best way to store your medication is to bring a small safe or locking storage unit. Do not tell anyone that you are taking the medication and do your best to take it in private.
Would it be appropriate for me to take a multi-vitamin?
If you eat a normal, healthy diet, there should be no need to take a supplemental multi-vitamin. If you have any concerns regarding your diet, make sure to address it with your physician at your next visit, or schedule a free visit with our SHS dietician.
I’ve left my medication unrefrigerated. Is it still good?
Most medications requiring storage in the refrigerator allow excursions at unrefrigerated temperatures for a certain duration of time. If you have left your medication out of the refrigerator for an hour or more, please return it to the refrigerator and call the Pharmacy (412-383-1850) to speak with a pharmacist.
Can I drink while I’m taking this antibiotic?
In short, the answer is no. Antibiotics work to fight infections and improve your health. By consuming alcohol, you are weakening your body’s ability to fight the infection and are putting yourself at risk of taking longer to recover. The medication Flagyl (metronidazole) has a well reported drug interaction with alcohol that can result in nausea, vomiting, flushing of the skin, accelerated heart rate, and shortness of breath. Alcohol should be avoided while taking this antibiotic and for at least 48 hours after finishing treatment.
How long does it take for my birth control to go into effect?
While there is evidence to suggest that an oral contraceptive pill may be fully effective within 7-14 days of starting therapy, it is recommended to use a backup method for the entire first cycle because there is conflicting data on the subject.
What would be best for my ____________? (Fever, runny nose, productive cough, non-productive cough, swelling, sinus congestion)
- Tylenol (acetaminophen) 325 mg – 650 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours as needed (do not exceed 3000 mg in 24 hours due to risk of liver toxicity)
- Advil (ibuprofen) 200 mg – 400 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours as needed (do not exceed 1200 mg in 24 hours)
Runny Nose (with or without nasal drip into the throat)
- Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg by mouth once a day
- Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg – 50 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours (do not exceed 300 mg in 24 hours) (caution: may cause drowsiness)
- Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg – 10 mg by mouth once a day
- Allegra (fexofenadine) 60 mg by mouth twice a day or 180 mg once a day with water
- Mucinex Sustained Release (guaifenesin) 600 mg to 1200 mg by mouth every 12 hours (do not exceed 2400 mg in 24 hours)
- Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide 10 mg to 20 mg by mouth every 4 hours, or 30 mg by my mouth every 6-8 hours
- Ibuprofen 200 mg to 400 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours (do not exceed 1200 mg in 24 hours)
- Naproxen 220 mg by mouth every 8-12 hours (do not exceed 1000 mg in 24 hours)
- Sudogest (pseudoephedrine) 60 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours (do not exceed 240 mg in 24 hours)
When’s the earliest I can get a new refill on an existing prescription?
It’s best to call in a refill for a prescription a week in advance. Most insurance companies will not cover a refill until this seven-day window has occurred. Additionally, this gives the Pharmacy a chance to work through any insurance issues or refill requests that we may need to obtain from your physician.
My girlfriend is on the pill, do I still need to use condoms?
While the oral contraceptive birth control method is over 99% effective when taken correctly, it is still wise to use barrier protection such as a condom. The pill does not prevent the contraction and spreading of STDs. If you and your partner have not both been tested since entering your relationship, it would not be possible to know whether either of you have contracted an STD in the past. Using barrier contraception in addition to the oral pill will help to prevent the spread of a possible STD. Additionally, variation in the time of day the oral contraceptive is taken, as well as the use of other medications, can reduce its efficiency. By using a backup form of contraception, you are increasing your chances of preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of infections.
Will Airborne actually help to heal/prevent a cold?
There are currently no studies on the market proving that Airborne is able to prevent colds and the flu if taken preemptively or lessen their severity if taken early on in the course of the cold. One of the best ways to avoid and prevent the spread of infections is to simply wash your hands during cold and flu seasons.
I have trouble remembering to take my medications. Do you have any advice for me?
Many individuals struggle with remembering to take all their medications at the correct time each and every day. There are several ways to help prevent this from occurring. First, you might consider using a pillbox. Each box contains a slot for every day of the week. By sorting medications this way and getting in the habit of checking the pill box, overall compliance can be improved.
For patients who are on fewer medications, using a cell phone or watch alarm can be very helpful. By setting a continuous alarm to go off at the same time each day, it will be easy to remember to take your daily dose of medication.