You and Your Pharmacist

What Can I Expect From my Pharmacist?

An essential part of every pharmacist’s role is to help you understand your medication. Every time you have your prescription filled there is a series of steps your pharmacist performs.

Your pharmacist reviews your prescription along with your patient record, to make sure:

  • The information provided by your doctor, dentist, or other health-care provider is complete
  • The medication, strength, and dosage instructions are appropriate for your health condition
  • The new prescription is okay to take with other medications you may be taking
  • There are no potential problems such as duplicate therapy or drug interactions
  • You are not allergic to the medication
  • Your medications are working for you and you are not experiencing any problemsYour pharmacist will also provide counseling on the medication and will confirm/explain:
  • Who the medication is for
  • What the medication is for
  • The directions for proper use
  • Common side effects or interactions, what to expect and how to treat, if needed
  • How soon to expect the medication to work
  • What to do if you miss a dose
  • How to store your medication
  • Review your prescription refill information

Tell your pharmacist about any non-prescription drugs you are taking. Many over-the-counter products including natural health products and herbal supplements may interact with your medication. Your pharmacist can also offer suggestions on lifestyle and other non-drug measures. You should also be sure to tell the pharmacist about any allergies you have.

Taking your medication properly is an important part of taking care of yourself. By working with your pharmacist, you can be sure you take your medication safely, effectively, and appropriately to maintain your good health.