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Talk with Your Pharmacist About Medication Management

Luckily, most things in life don’t require perfection. It’s OK if you overcook the eggs or can’t hit all the notes in “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But when it comes to taking your medicines, the closer you come to perfect, the better. Taking your medicines at the right time, in the right dose, and as often as prescribed is the best way to stay as healthy as possible. When you’re juggling several different medications, this task can become even more difficult.

Ask About Med Sync and Other Programs

The good news is that you don’t need to go it alone. Your pharmacist can provide tips and tools to keep you on track through medication therapy management programs. One program to ask about is medication synchronization, or med sync, which lets you pick up all your medicine refills at your pharmacy on one day each month. The time-saving convenience is especially helpful if you’re taking many medicines. It can also help keep you on schedule with your medicines and avoid missing doses.

During your monthly trip to the pharmacy, you can meet with the pharmacist one-on-one to review your medicines and discuss any problems or questions. Call your local pharmacy to see if it offers this service. You can also ask about any other medication management programs the pharmacy has.

Help Your Pharmacist Help You

Your pharmacist can best help you when he or she knows you and your health history. Keep your pharmacist up-to-date with:

  •  A full list of all the prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, vitamins, and supplements you use.

  • Any new medicines or supplements you start taking. Your pharmacist can warn you if they won’t mix with any of your current medicines. It’s also a good idea to tell your primary care provider about any medicine prescribed by another doctor.

  • Any trouble paying for the medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you may be able to use a generic that costs less.

  • Allergic reactions to medicines.

  • Trouble swallowing your medicine. You may be able to take pills in a liquid form. Don’t crush or cut medicine without talking with your pharmacist first. Some medicines need to be taken whole to work correctly.

  • Problems opening containers. Your pharmacist can put your medicine in bottles that are easier to open.

  • Any other issues that affect taking your medicine, such as forgetting a dose. Pillboxes and other tools can help you remember to stay on the right schedule. Ask your pharmacist for suggestions.

Questions? Ask Your Pharmacist

Your pharmacist is a great resource for any questions about your medicines or how to take them. Make sure to take advantage of your pharmacist’s knowledge to get the most out of your medicines.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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