Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist About Your Medications
When your doctor prescribes a new medication, he or she is skilled at diagnosing your condition so that the appropriate medication is used, but your pharmacist is the person who can provide you with insights on how to take it, what side effects to expect, and much more. The same goes for over-the-counter medications. Your pharmacist can help you determine if the medications you’re using are effective for your condition, and of course, safe for you to take. The next time you need medicine, ask these questions of your local pharmacist.
Does this medication interfere with any of my existing medications?
An enormous benefit of having a regular pharmacist is that he or she can see exactly what you are taking and will know right away if your doctor prescribes something that is not safe to take with other medicines you currently take. If you’ve recently changed pharmacies or are picking up a medication when you’re out of town, check in with the pharmacist and give him or her a rundown of your current medications, to ensure that you are not risking any potentially dangerous interactions.
What side effects should I expect?
Most medications carry the risk of side effects. Your pharmacist can tell you what to expect and how to reduce the chances that they will happen to you, such as taking the medication with food or taking it at night instead of the morning. It’s also helpful to know what to expect, so that if you experience something unusual that could indicate an allergic reaction or other complication, you will know that you need to seek medical care.
Is there something better I could take?
Your pharmacist may be able to recommend alternatives to things like cold medications and even your prescribed drugs, based on your full list of existing medications. Their insight can be helpful in building the safest and most useful medication regimens.
Lyon Corner Drug & Soda Fountain offers the kind of customer service that has disappeared from any other pharmacies. Talk to a pharmacist in Steamboat Springs by calling (970) 879-1114.