How will your pharmacist help you

It is important to establish a good relationship with your pharmacist. By working with you, your physician and your other health providers, your pharmacist can help you derive the most benefit from the medication you take, stay healthy and improve your health.

When speaking with your pharmacist, it is essential that you provide them with information regarding any allergies or sensitivities to medication you may have, your medical condition and all the prescription and nonprescription medication you take including vitamins, natural health products and herbal remedies. Armed with this information, your pharmacist will be able to help you and the other members of your healthcare team make the best decisions about the most appropriate, safe and optimal medication therapy for you.

In Saskatchewan, pharmacists are required to provide you with individualized counseling on all of your prescription medication. It is your right to know about and understand your medication.

When you receive your prescription medication, your pharmacist should provide you with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the name of the medication?
  2. What does the medication do and why am I taking the medication?
  3. I have allergies. Is it safe for me to take this medication?
  4. How often and when should I take this medication?
  5. How long should I take the medication?
  6. Are there ways to help me remember to take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose of the medication?
  7. What are the possible side effects of the medication and what should I do if a side effect occurs?
  8. Are there any foods, drinks, activities, other drugs, vitamins, natural health products and herbal remedies that I should avoid while taking this medication?
  9. Can I take this medication if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
  10. How will I know if this medication is working, when will I feel better and if I feel better, can I stop taking the medication?
  11. Where should I keep my medication and how should I store it?
  12. Can this prescription be refilled?

If after speaking with your pharmacist you have more questions, just ask. Remember, it is your right to know about all of the medication you take.