You And Your Pharmacist
Pharmacists are a part of your healthcare team. They provide a key role in patient care. Pharmacists are medication experts. Use your pharmacist to make sure you are taking your medicines correctly and that they are safe for you.
A good relationship between you and your pharmacist could save your life.
Pharmacists are an excellent source of information. Whether you have a question about a prescription, medicines sold over the counter, such as cold or cough remedies, or if you can take certain medications together, or side-effects, your pharmacist can help you.
When giving medication to you, the pharmacist should provide you with the following information:
· The name and type of the medicine
· Instructions for using and storing the medicine
· Common side effects
· Potential food, drug, or other interactions with the medicine
Provide a list to your pharmacist of all the medicines that you are taking so that a check can be made for possible dangerous drug interactions. This is true even if you get the prescription filled at another drugstore or the medicine does not need a prescription, such as aspirin or vitamins.
Pharmacists must keep information about you and your medicines confidential. This means that people who are not involved with your healthcare cannot find out about your medicines or health condition without your permission.
Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia: https://pans.ns.ca/
Prince Edward Island Pharmacists Association: http://www.peipharm.info/