5 ways to make the most of your consultations

Your pharmacist is there to listen to you and advise you. To get the most out of your talk with your pharmacist, make sure you free up enough time and come well-prepared.

2 Draw up a list of questions

When your pharmacist gives you your medication, he will also provide you with information about it and answer your questions. It’s his job to make sure you receive all the benefits from your treatment.

Before your appointment

To make sure you don’t forget anything, make a list of questions and comments regarding your medications or the evolution of your health since the beginning of treatment.

Once at home

Other issues may arise. To avoid forgetting any questions or comments you might have thought of since you started taking the medication, make notes. They will help you get more relevant and precise answers.

4 CARRY your pharmacy’s contact information with you

Your pharmacist keeps valuable information about your condition and any medications you use in your patient file. This information is extremely useful, but it is only kept by the pharmacist who treats you.

When you travel, keep the contact information for your pharmacy with you. This way, if you take other medications while travelling or your medical condition changes, the health professionals you meet can rapidly communicate with the pharmacist who holds your file. Together, they can make better decisions about your health.

Did you know?

Your patient file is confidential. The pharmacist needs your permission to reveal its contents unless it is an emergency and you are unable to give this consent.

1 Tell us about your condition

Since a single drug can be used to treat more than one illness, it is important to tell your pharmacist about the health problem that prompted the prescription. This information is critical to his work and will help him to better advise you. He can ensure that what has been prescribed is appropriate for your condition, other illnesses you have and other medications you are taking. He will also be better able to help you choose any over-the-counter medication indicated for your situation.

3 Make a list of your medications

An updated list of all your medications is an invaluable tool for all health professionals that you visit, especially if you have a file in several different pharmacies.

For a pharmacist, this list has one critical use: reducing the risk of drug interactions. Some drugs, if taken together, may interact and cause unwanted effects that can sometimes be very damaging to your health. In addition, minor interactions may decrease the effectiveness of drugs.

It is important that your pharmacist be aware of new drugs or natural health products you take. Make a list of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) and natural products you take and bring it with you when you visit your pharmacist.

Tip # 7Avoiding unnecessary treatment

Some people consult a doctor for illnesses that are actually a side effect of medication. Consulting your pharmacist first allows you to recognize symptoms and resolve the problem at its root.

5 Set aside some time for the pharmacy

When buying an over-the-counter drug, take the time to ask your pharmacist for his advice. A non-prescription drug is still a pharmaceutical product that can have many effects on your body—even if it is available over-the-counter.

Before recommending that you take an over-the-counter medication, your pharmacist must ensure that the product is right for you. He will ask some questions and may refer to your file to ensure there is no contraindication or interaction with your current treatment. By taking time to answer your pharmacist’s questions, you help him to better help you.

5 ways to make the most of your consultations

Your pharmacist is there to listen to you and advise you. To get the most out of your talk with your pharmacist, make sure you free up enough time and come well-prepared.

1 Tell us about your condition

Since a single drug can be used to treat more than one illness, it is important to tell your pharmacist about the health problem that prompted the prescription. This information is critical to his work and will help him to better advise you. He can ensure that what has been prescribed is appropriate for your condition, other illnesses you have and other medications you are taking. He will also be better able to help you choose any over-the-counter medication indicated for your situation.

2 Draw up a list of questions

When your pharmacist gives you your medication, he will also provide you with information about it and answer your questions. It’s his job to make sure you receive all the benefits from your treatment.

Before your appointment

To make sure you don’t forget anything, make a list of questions and comments regarding your medications or the evolution of your health since the beginning of treatment.

Once at home

Other issues may arise. To avoid forgetting any questions or comments you might have thought of since you started taking the medication, make notes. They will help you get more relevant and precise answers.

3 Make a list of your medications

An updated list of all your medications is an invaluable tool for all health professionals that you visit, especially if you have a file in several different pharmacies.

For a pharmacist, this list has one critical use: reducing the risk of drug interactions. Some drugs, if taken together, may interact and cause unwanted effects that can sometimes be very damaging to your health. In addition, minor interactions may decrease the effectiveness of drugs.

It is important that your pharmacist be aware of new drugs or natural health products you take. Make a list of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) and natural products you take and bring it with you when you visit your pharmacist.

Tip # 7Avoiding unnecessary treatment

Some people consult a doctor for illnesses that are actually a side effect of medication. Consulting your pharmacist first allows you to recognize symptoms and resolve the problem at its root.

4 CARRY your pharmacy’s contact information with you

Your pharmacist keeps valuable information about your condition and any medications you use in your patient file. This information is extremely useful, but it is only kept by the pharmacist who treats you.

When you travel, keep the contact information for your pharmacy with you. This way, if you take other medications while travelling or your medical condition changes, the health professionals you meet can rapidly communicate with the pharmacist who holds your file. Together, they can make better decisions about your health.

Did you know?

Your patient file is confidential. The pharmacist needs your permission to reveal its contents unless it is an emergency and you are unable to give this consent.

5 Set aside some time for the pharmacy

When buying an over-the-counter drug, take the time to ask your pharmacist for his advice. A non-prescription drug is still a pharmaceutical product that can have many effects on your body—even if it is available over-the-counter.

Before recommending that you take an over-the-counter medication, your pharmacist must ensure that the product is right for you. He will ask some questions and may refer to your file to ensure there is no contraindication or interaction with your current treatment. By taking time to answer your pharmacist’s questions, you help him to better help you.