What to ask your phar­ma­cist

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The man­age­ment and staff of Len­max Phar­macy. Front row (from left): Max­ine Leach-Thomas, phar­ma­cist and pro­pri­etor; Rosalie Cham­ber­lain and Au­drey Yapp. Back row (from left): Ian Hyl­ton and Dane Lewis. Junc­tion and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to ‘come and ex­pe­ri­ence ser­vice with a dif­fer­ence’.

The phar­macy, which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­days to Satur­days, has now be­come the phar­macy of choice for many in Junc­tion. TAK­ING MED­I­CA­TIONS can be con­fus­ing. To en­sure that you un­der­stand your pre­scrip­tions and get the great­est ben­e­fit pos­si­ble from your drug ther­apy, we have pre­pared a se­ries of check­lists to help you pre­pare for your next phar­macy visit.

FILL­ING A NEW PRE­SCRIP­TION

When you bring in a new pre­scrip­tion to the phar­macy, the phar­ma­cist may ask you some ques­tions about your med­i­cal his­tory to en­sure that you are get­ting the most from your med­i­ca­tion. These ques­tions will also help the phar­ma­cist dou­ble-check if there are po­ten­tial prob­lems with your new pre­scrip­tion be­fore you take it. When you take your new pre­scrip­tion in to be filled, be ready to tell your phar­ma­cist about:

Al­ler­gies or in­tol­er­ances to med­i­ca­tions you have taken in the past and the re­ac­tion you ex­pe­ri­enced.

Which med­i­cal con­di­tion your pre­scrip­tion is in­tended to treat. Some med­i­ca­tions can be used for more than one con­di­tion.

Other med­i­cal con­di­tions you may have, as they may

IIIbe af­fected by the new pre­scrip­tion.

Other med­i­ca­tions you are tak­ing, as they may in­ter­act with the new pre­scrip­tion. Be sure to men­tion med­i­ca­tions that are not only pre­scribed by a physi­cian, nurse prac­ti­tioner, or dentist but also pur­chased with­out a pre­scrip­tion, such as over­the-counter drugs, herbals, and vi­ta­mins.

Any life­style fac­tors, such as con­sump­tion of caffeine, food in­take, and nico­tine and al­co­hol use, that may af­fect your med­i­cal

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