November 03, 2017
(HealthDay News) -- Your pharmacist may be the health
professional that you see more than any other. It's important to
get to know that person, since a pharmacist can support your health
in many ways.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions
- Discussing your medication-- Pharmacists know all about
medication side effects, and the best ways to use medicines.
- Identifying generic alternatives-- Pharmacists can suggest
generic alternatives to more expensive prescription drugs.
- Discussing medicine safety-- Your pharmacist can offer
advice on which over-the-counter medicines are safe to use in
combination with prescription meds.
- Managing health issues-- For example, you may be able to
check your blood pressure at the pharmacy and talk to the
pharmacist about the risks of high blood pressure. He or she may
direct you to medical care, if needed.