Pharmacists…..these people can be your best friend when it comes to information. I’m lucky because my best friend actually IS a pharmacist. 😂 But really, it’s shocking how many people don’t realize they should be asking their pharmacist the questions they are asking their doctors.
Here’s the thing, doctors are trained in diagnostics with a understanding of most (not all) medications. Pharmacists are trained in everything medications. They can tell you what medications cause certain reactions or counteract with others. They can tell you medications you should take in place of others or recommend ones that might fit your needs better. They can also give you information on OTC (over the counter) meds you should or shouldn’t be using based off your symptoms and medical history.
It kills me when I hear a friend say something like, their medication is making them nauseous so they are going to call their doctor to make an appointment to see what they should do. 🤦🏼♀️Call your pharmacist!! They are way easier to get a hold of, they are trained specifically for this, and you’ll get the answer you need plus additional information to help.
Now remember, the pharmacist can’t fill a new prescription without a doctor. But if the pharmacist recommends you switch to a new med, all you have to do is contact your doctors office, tell them of your conversation with the pharmacist and their recommendation and give the pharmacy number. Done! You’ll get a new prescription that may work better for you and you didn’t have to go in to the doctor.
Use your pharmacist people! If you have a medication question, ask your pharmacy! They are there to fill your medications and answer your questions. 💊