speak with your pharmacist

May I speak with the pharmacist?

 

Did you know, your pharmacist is the least expensive and most accessible health resource you have? You can drop in to see him or her virtually any time without an appointment and all consultations are completely free.  Your pharmacist is extensively trained to help you get the benefits of your medicines while reducing drug related problems and risks as much as possible. 

  

Is There A Doctor in the House? 

Did you know your pharmacist is a real doctor? Yes, since 2000, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) became the standard degree required to become a pharmacist. Pharmacists also must successfully pass the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy licensure exams to work and dispense medications in the United States. 

  

Your pharmacist can help answer any questions you may have, like ‘how often should I take my medication?’, or even more complex questions. Such as, ‘Do I need to retake my medication if I vomit after taking it?’ or ‘How long does it take before it’s absorbed into my body?’. 

  

If you’re not sure what to speak with your pharmacist about your medications, we have assembled 9 important questions you should ask your pharmacist. Our pharmacists will discuss why it’s important to ask these 9 questions in future blogs, so sign up today to receive them in your in-box! 

  

Stay tuned to find out why the pharmacist recommends asking these questions at your local pharmacy: 

·      Why am I taking the medication? 

·      How should I take the medication? 

·      What should I expect while taking this medication?  

·      Should I avoid certain foods, or alcohol, while on this medication? 

·      What should I do if I forget to take the medication? 

·      How long will I need to use the medication? 

·      Is it okay if I take this new medication with my other medications? 

·      How should I store the medication? 

·      What should I monitor to make sure my treatment works? 

Pharmacists are trained to answer these and other important questions concerning your medications and help get you on the best path to better health. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the most accessible and inexpensive healthcare resource, your pharmacist! 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Andrea M. Jones

Dr. Andrea M. Jones graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. Dr. Jones completed post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked in multiple hospital and primary care clinic settings. She completed numerous projects like research, hospital-wide publications, and formal education presentations. Dr. Jones also worked in retail/community pharmacies for over 5 years during Undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky and pharmacy school at the University of Colorado.

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