If we use the same pharmacy for all of our medication needs, over time we can build a relationship with our pharmacist. If we keep him or her informed about our medical conditions, we’ll have added a valuable member to our healthcare team.
Here are a few of the services that a pharmacist can provide:
- Coupons are sometimes available to help lower the cost of medications. The pharmacist knows about these, as well as other ways in which to save money on prescriptions.
- Pharmacists are among the easiest healthcare professionals to reach directly by phone. If we have any questions about our medications, all we have to do is call and ask questions.
- If we don’t understand the instructions, the pharmacist can explain them to us, including whether we need to take the medication with food, or if it needs to be refrigerated.
- If we take more than one medication, the pharmacist can explain about possible drug interactions.
- If our eyesight is poor, the pharmacist can provide a label with larger type.
- If we have trouble swallowing pills, we can ask for a liquid or multiple small pills instead of one big one. This may require a change in prescription, but the pharmacist can request this for us.
- If we can’t open the bottle, the pharmacist can give us a different type of bottle.