Reasons to Make Your Pharmacist Your Friend

Introduction:How much effort did you put into selecting your pharmacy? Do you go to the drugstore nearest your home or like me, does your insurance dictate one pharmacy that you must patronize. Whatever way you chose your pharmacy, these reasons to make your pharmacist your friend are important.

  • 01

    Second Line of Defense

    After your doctor, your pharmacist is your second line of defense against illness and injury. You likely communicate more with your pharmacist than your doctor, now that doctors are limited to a twenty-minute visit per patient.

  • 02

    Coordinate and Counsel

    Pharmacists now have databases that track your prescription meds. Information in the database helps your pharmacist coordinate your total health needs in one location. Most pharmacy's have a dedicated counselor on staff, whose job is to alert you to potential side effects, benefits vs. risks and interactions with your other medicines. Take advantage of guidance from your friendly pharmacist and make her your friend.

  • 03

    Alternative Treatment

    With the growing interest in alternative treatment, such as herbal and vitamin supplements your pharmacist is able to help your gather information in order to make an informed health care decision. Armed with correct information, you can present it to your doctor for his blessing.

  • 04

    New Prescriptions

    Each time you are prescribed a new medicine, take time to ask pertinent questions of your pharmacist. "Should I eat before taking this medicine?" "What happens if I forget to take a dose?" "Are there foods or drinks I should avoid when taking this medicine?"

  • 05

    Telephone

    A prime reason for making your pharmacist your friend is that he is accessible by telephone. Just try telephoning your doctor and see how far you get! You don't need an appointment to converse with your pharmacist. And, their advice is free!




Final Thoughts

We frequented a mom-and-pop pharmacy for over 10-years, until the pop suffered a heart attack. He sold the pharmacy and I've been distressed since. But, now my insurance dictates one pharmacy for all its consumers. This chain pharmacy doesn't know my name when I walk into the drugstore, but I'm working on making the new pharmacist(s) my friend. Perhaps I'll bake a batch of brownies!





Comments

  • tracyann 4/13/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list.

  • ChristinaFernando 1/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    The Pharmacist is truly a great resource when you're experiencing new drug side effects and more. They can give you the heads-up about side effects and drug interactions. Great list. I will give you a feature and back link on http://www.discoveryhealthjournal.com because I love your list so much. Thanks, Bonnie!

  • Jennywrites 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent!!! I will definitely start friending my pharmacist. When the girls were babies, I used to talk to the pharmacist a LOT, but we moved.. I will have to look for a small town pharmacist! :)

  • Jeanniemaries 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I love it that the advice and good information is free!

  • PriscillaBenfield 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I use a small,local pharmacy and I adore my pharmacist. He has been such a huge help to me helping with medications and advice. He knows me by name. Your list makes excellent points on why your pharmacist should be your "friend". They are definitely more knowledgeable about medicines that your doctor.

  • clewand550 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    All nice reasons to be nice and polite with your pharmacist. Great job.

  • goodselfme 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent reasons to make the pharmacist your friend. Your points are well relayed and true.

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