Add a Pharmacist to Your Diabetes Healthcare Team
You may think of your pharmacist as just that person behind the counter who fills and refills your prescriptions. Your pharmacist is that and much more. She is an expert on medications: dosage, uses, and how the drugs interact. A pharmacist is a key member of your healthcare team. If you have diabetes, you’re probably not just taking one medication, but perhaps a pill for blood glucose, a pill for high blood pressure, and maybe even another pill for cholesterol. The interaction of these medications can impact your body.
Pharmacists receive a PharmD degree and also licensure in the state where they practice pharmacy.
A pharmacist tells you how often and how much to take of a medication and its potential side effects. If you have a new prescription, ask your pharmacist how it will affect your current medications. Take the opportunity to review all your medications and pinpoint any adverse reactions or symptoms to look out for after you’re home.
Consider keeping all your prescriptions at one pharmacy or consolidating them so your pharmacist knows all your medications. Your pharmacist should have an up-to-date profile on your medical history, allergies, and medications.
A pharmacist is also a great source of information for over-the-counter medications such as cold relievers and upset stomach remedies. Tell your pharmacist about your symptoms and ask her to recommend a safe and effective treatment.
If you have trouble keeping track of or remembering to take your medication, ask your pharmacist for help. Your pharmacist may be able to offer specific tips or tools for taking medications daily.