For the majority of people, one of the unavoidable consequences of aging is an increase in health conditions that must be managed with prescription medications. As we grow older, natural changes in our bodies can impact the effect of various medications and how they interact with each other, which is why it’s so important to become familiar with any medicine you’re taking. You can do this by doing research and counseling with health care professionals, including your pharmacist.
The Benefits of Talking to Your Pharmacist
Beyond dispensing medications, pharmacists have another very important job: helping you understand your medications. They can advise you on when and how to take them, potential side effects to be on the lookout for and possible drug interactions that could occur. Most pharmacists are happy to consult with you when you’re ordering or picking up your prescription, as well as over the phone if you want more privacy. Here are some of the things they can do to help:
- Your medication won’t do you much good if you can’t open the bottle. Many older adults who have lost some of their dexterity have a hard time opening the child-proof caps on most medications. If you don’t have young children staying in your home, ask your pharmacist for an easy-open container instead. Just remember to move your medications out of sight and reach if grandchildren or other young ones come to visit.
- Having a hard time reading the label? Ask your pharmacist if they can print you a label with the words in larger type.
- If you still have questions about the medication you’re supposed to be taking, ask if the pharmacist can give you a print-out with additional information to help you learn more about it. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it in larger print or a different language.
- Since most pharmacists now have a computer record of all medications their customers take on file, they can help ensure that these medications won’t cause harmful interactions with each other or any future prescriptions. Don’t forget to inform your pharmacist if you’re regularly taking dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs or other prescription medications that you get from another pharmacy.
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