Pharmacists have become a very important part of the most sophisticated health care team ever assembled. Of course, they still prepare medicine to fill your prescriptions. But Pharmacist Butch Henderson is a great example of how today’s pharmacists are doing much more. They will council you on how to use your medicine correctly, they help prevent overdoses and dangerous drug interactions by tracking the amounts and combination of drugs you may be taking and some pharmacists are even educating people on how to incorporate essential vitamins, nutrients and supplements into their daily regimen to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Having a good relationship with your pharmacist is especially important if you are a member of a consumer-directed health plan, such as a medical savings account. These plans place more responsibility for health care decisions on your shoulders.
Pharmacists are uniquely qualified to assume this new role. Most have more than five years of training and internships in clinical pharmacy. In addition, they must complete continuing education courses to satisfy state licensing requirements.
Your pharmacist is a drug expert. If you have any questions about getting the most out of your medication-do not hesitate to talk with them.
Some Common Questions:
Should you take your prescription medication before or after meals?
Is it necessary to avoid excessive sunlight exposure or particular foods while you are taking a type of medicine?
Are there any over-the-counter drugs you should avoid while you take this medicine or if you have a particular medical condition?
Your pharmacist will be able to answer these questions as well as educate you on other health-living topics.
Be an informed consumer of your health care: Choose your pharmacy carefully, then use just that pharmacy. When you use only one pharmacy for all your prescription needs, your pharmacist can consult your complete personal drug history to keep track of the medicines you are taking.
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