Your local pharmacist is trained to help you with medication issues, such as side effects and interactions you’re most likely to encounter; activities that might be a problem while you take certain drugs; when to take drugs and what to do if you miss a dose; and how to properly administer drugs, including those not in pill form, such as inhalers, skin patches, nose drops, and eye drops.
If you can, use one pharmacy (or pharmacy chain) 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 system can identify potentially harmful drug interactions.
When you fill a new prescription, inform your pharmacist about what OTC medications and dietary 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, dosage, and quantity.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.