Things you didn’t know your community pharmacist can do for you

Jun 6, 2023

Pharmacists are more than just the friendly faces behind the pharmacy counter who hand out prescriptions. They play an indispensable role in our healthcare system, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise beyond just prescription medications. You may be surprised to discover the various ways your pharmacist can help you that you may not be aware of:

1. The Right Stuff: Trust your pharmacist to ensure your prescriptions are filled accurately and safely. Pharmacists aren’t just there to hand you your medication. They are available to answer any questions and concerns you have about your prescriptions. Their expertise guarantees that you receive the right medication in the correct dosage, minimizing the risk of errors and maximizing the effectiveness of your treatment.
2. Immunization Nation: Did you know that pharmacists are trained to administer vaccines? They have the knowledge and skills to provide immunizations, protecting you against preventable diseases. Instead of making a separate trip to a doctor’s office or clinic, you can conveniently receive recommended vaccinations at your local pharmacy, saving time and helping you maintain your health.
3. Making Quitting Easier: If you’re struggling to quit smoking, your pharmacist can be an invaluable ally in your journey toward a smoke-free life. They can recommend medications that aid in smoking cessation, increasing your chances of success. Moreover, they provide additional resources and medical support, guiding you through the challenges of quitting and increasing your motivation to kick the habit for good.
4. Guide you Through Weight Loss: When it comes to your weight loss journey, pharmacists can offer valuable guidance and recommendations. They can suggest over the counter dietary supplements that align with your specific needs, helping you make informed choices about which supplements, including the type, brand, and dosage, are best for your weight loss goals. With their expertise, you can navigate the overwhelming array of options and select supplements that support your efforts effectively.
5. Medication Organization: Managing multiple prescriptions and non-prescription medications can be confusing. That’s where pharmacists can help by creating a personalized medication calendar for you minimizing your visits to the pharmacy. This customized calendar ensures that you know precisely when and how to take each medication, reducing the risk of missed doses or incorrect timing. By staying organized with your medications, you can optimize their effectiveness and maintain your health.

You may also be aware that pharmacists can suggest over-the-counter medications (OTC) that work best for your pain and aches. This is important when considering OTCs to ensure they won’t affect other prescription medications you take. They can also help you save money on prescriptions by recommending a generic medication or a biosimilar one. It’s also in their wheelhouse to suggest a new medication that costs less than your prescription but has the same effect as well as making recommendations that help ease your side effects.

Pharmacists are health magicians and we celebrate them every day! We hope these insights have opened your eyes to the many possibilities, benefits, and better understanding of what your local pharmacist can do for you and your community.

*Sources: CHOC Health Alliance, Pharmacy is Right for Me, Healthy Woman.


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