It’s easy to take your pharmacist for granted, but they’re not just there to dispense medicine.
Pharmacists are medical experts with a full range of knowledge. These are a few things that your pharmacist can do for you:
Medical Advice and Treatment
If something feels off, it’s important to get it checked out. But if you think it might be a side effect of a medication you’re taking, you can check with your pharmacist first. They may have insight into what you may be feeling and give you a second opinion, and they’ll let you know whether seeing a doctor is a good idea.
Many pharmacists also provide additional health services, like blood pressure testing and immunizations, plus cholesterol, blood sugar, strep, and flu tests, without the hassle of getting an appointment at the doctor’s office. Check with your local pharmacy to see if it provides any of these services.
Sure, you can google the side effects of a given medication, but each medication affects each person differently. You may get a side effect from a medication, for example, that your mother doesn’t. There’s a lot of information out there, and your pharmacist can help you weed through to what matters to you.
They do this by taking into account each medication you’re taking, your allergies, the drug ingredients and how they interact with other ingredients. Plus, they look at your age, medical history, and gaps in care to determine if you’re taking any medication that may be unnecessary, sometimes talking to your doctor to request changes to your treatment plan. Your pharmacist is there for your safety.
That’s why you may want to fill all of your medications at the same pharmacy – to help pharmacists check for this information.
This kind of information can also help you save money. If you’re taking an expensive name-brand medication, ask your pharmacist whether a generic version, which often costs significantly less, might work for you.
And if you’re looking for a pharmacy in a convenient location, look no further than HealthPartners. Our onsite pharmacy is open to everyone. Refill your prescription online, over the phone, or by mail.