Thursday, March 20, 2014

If you or a loved one are sick, you have many questions to ask your doctor. But have you made a list of questions and concerns for your pharmacist? Dr. Edward Hill discusses why this might be a good thing to do in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pharmacists may not diagnose medical conditions, but they can answer many questions about medicines, recommend non-prescription drugs, and discuss medication side effects and interactions.

Pharmacists are trained to provide valuable information about the prescriptions they fill, including any possible problems that might arise from taking a medication.

Make sure that your pharmacist knows exactly what allergies you or your loved one has and what medications are already being taken. This will help the pharmacist protect against potentially dangerous drug interactions.

Consider the following questions for your pharmacist:

Does this medication require special storage conditions?

How many times a day should it be given?

Should it be given with food?

Should certain foods be avoided when taking this medication?

Are there special side effects that I should look for, and

Will this medicine conflict with other medications?

A pharmacist is an important resource when it comes to making sure you or your loved one is getting the right medicine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.