Most people never think of their pharmacist as being someone more than the person who provides them with their prescriptions. They assume they just fill the prescription based on what it says. However, pharmacists are much more than that. To help you better understand what a pharmacist can do and who they are, explore a few things they want you to know.
Pharmacists want you to ask more questions.
Knowing all about your medication and the various side effects it can cause is crucial to being able to keep you safe. Sadly, many people never stop and ask even a single question about their prescription. They don’t bother to educate themselves at all. Many people are too embarrassed to speak to the pharmacist about their medications. Being educated is imperative. You might be surprised at how many people don’t have a clue about what the medication they take does or how to take it. You need to know what it is that you are putting in your body, any potential complications and what you can use the medication to treat. Knowledge will make you healthier.
Stick with the recommended dosage.
At one point in time or another, just about everyone has messed up on their dosages. Instead of taking one pill three times per day, many people will simply take two at one time in an attempt to make up for the one they missed. Many others will stop taking the pills when they start to feel better. They end up keeping the last of their pills around and start using them when they don’t feel well. However, that antibiotic that worked for something else might not work for something new you have going on. Prescriptions are given with specific directions for a reason. Don’t ignore them.
Pay attention to your prescriptions.
Pharmacists see many cases where the patient comes in and says that they have lost their medication or it has been stolen. Most of the time, this is related to recreational drug abuse. Many people end up getting medication from friends and relatives, instead of simply going in and getting checked out on their own and getting their own prescriptions. Parents need to keep their medications locked up and away from their children to prevent them from gaining access to them.
The next time you go to pick up prescriptions from local pharmacies, stop and ask them questions about your medications to make sure you know what you are doing.