Your pharmacist: your health ally
Working behind their counters, pharmacists manage large quantities of medicines and data. They also analyze and review prescriptions, have discussions with patients and physicians, ask questions and offer advice. Pharmacists are simply your medication experts. They can provide you with valuable advice that can make all the difference in the success or failure of your treatment.
But what role do you play in managing your prescriptions? Well, it’s simple. Since patients must take the medication, patients must be at the center of decisions concerning their health. When you come to the pharmacist’s counter to pick up your medication, ask him questions. He will be happy to inform you about the medication you are taking. Do not hesitate to bring a list of questions. For example, are there any side effects? Will there be any negative interactions with the medication I am already taking? When should I stop taking it? Don’t worry. Your pharmacist will ask you the questions you have not thought of.
The pharmacist can also help you manage your medication intake. Tablets, capsules, creams, syrups, injections, patches? Pink, white, blue? Morning, noon, night? It’s sometimes difficult to sort everything out! A good pharmacist will provide you with detailed explanations and may even offer you pill organizers or blister packs to organize your doses and remind you when it’s time to take them. He’s a valuable contact person who will check with you to find out if everything is going well: if the treatment is effective and is not causing any adverse effects.
As with your doctor, it’s recommended that you establish a good relationship with your pharmacist. Deal with the same pharmacist for all your prescriptions. You will develop a relationship of trust with your pharmacist.
Remember that your pharmacist is an integral part of your health team, just like your doctor and other health care professionals. Take advantage of his advice and get to know your health ally.