Your pharmacist does more than just fill prescriptions! They’re your medication expert and can be a helpful resource at your next visit. Here are a few questions you should be asking.
1. What are the side effects?
These could be mild to potentially life-threatening, and some side effects are more common than others. Be sure to also ask your pharmacist how likely it is you’ll experience them so you know your risks and how to combat them. You may receive special instructions such as taking pills with or without food.
2. Are there other medications I should avoid?
Some combinations can be dangerous. That’s why you should inform your pharmacist of all the medicines and supplements you take, whether it’s prescriptions, daily vitamins or over-the-counter pain killers.
3. What should I do if I miss a dose?
Missing a dose of an important medication can adversely affect your treatment plan, so prevention is key. However, it’s best to know how to handle the situation if it happens. Ask your pharmacist in advance to minimize the risk of a missed dose interfering with your treatment.
4. How should I store my meds?
Your pharmacist knows which drugs require refrigeration, although the majority can be stored at room temperature in a dry place. You can also ask how to properly dispose of unused medications.
5. Should I see a doctor?
If you’re self-treating with over-the-counter meds, you may want to consult your pharmacist first. Not only can they check if it will react with your other medications, but they’re also a good resource for common conditions. Plus, they can tell you when it’s time to go in and see a professional.