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.