Why Using Just One Pharmacy Is a Good Idea

Your local pharmacist is trained to help you with medication issues: side effects and interactions you’re most likely to encounter; activities that might be a problem while you take certain drugs; what to do if you miss a dose; and how to properly administer drugs not in pill form, such as inhalers, skin patches and nose- and eye drops.

If you can, use one pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions. This allows the pharmacist to keep a complete record of all the drugs you’re taking. The pharmacy’s computer systems can identify potentially harmful drug interactions. Tell your pharmacist if you start a new drug obtained from a different pharmacy, by mail order or online. When you fill a new prescription, inform your pharmacist about what over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements you’re taking along with your prescription drugs.

Once your prescription is filled, read the label and check the container’s contents to ensure you’ve received the correct drug, dosages and amounts.

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