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Using Pharmacists to Help Manage Medications

Who can you turn to when you have questions about medicines?
You can look to your doctor and your pharmacist to guide you in the safe, effective and economical use of your prescription and non-prescription medicines.

At Coastal, we have clinical pharmacists available who will work with your doctor and meet with you one on one for medication reviews, teaching and management as well as collaborative diabetes management, lipid management hypertension management and the management of medications for other chronic illnesses.

Pharmacists are the medication experts.  When you meet with one of our Clinical Pharmacists he or she will review each medication you are taking for drug interactions, ensure that the medication and dosage are appropriate for your health condition and that you understand the proper way to store and take the medication.

Clinical Pharmacists at Coastal Medical work under a collaborative practice agreement with our doctors, these pharmacists can also help select, monitor and adjust the doses of your medication(s).  Visits with a Clinical Pharmacists are scheduled at your doctor’s office at no cost to you.

Below are a few general rules to keep in mind when taking medications.

5 Best Practices regarding Pharmacists and Medications

Taking your medication correctly is one of the best ways to decrease your health care costs.
Each year, thousands of people have avoidable hospitalizations, fail to get better, and waste money because they did not take their medication properly.

Use the same pharmacy for all your prescription services especially when seeing more than one doctor.
Your pharmacist can best help you manage your medications if you keep him or her up-to-date about your health and the medications you are taking. For this reason, it is important to use the same pharmacy for all of your prescription services, especially when seeing more than one doctor. This ensures that your pharmacist has access to your complete medication history when checking for problems or possible interactions.

Check with your pharmacist before taking any nonprescription medication.
Even though they do not require a physician's prescription, nonprescription medicines are powerful and can, if taken improperly, adversely interact with your prescription medications or badly affect another health condition.

Make sure your pharmacist is aware of any allergies you have to medications.
This can help you prevent adverse reactions from your medications.

Discuss financial concerns with your pharmacist.
They can work with your doctor toward a more affordable medication regimen.

(November, 2012)