Pharmacists….your new best friend

Pharmacists…..these people can be your best friend when it comes to information. I’m lucky because my best friend actually IS a pharmacist. 😂 But really, it’s shocking how many people don’t realize they should be asking their pharmacist the questions they are asking their doctors.

Here’s the thing, doctors are trained in diagnostics with a understanding of most (not all) medications. Pharmacists are trained in everything medications. They can tell you what medications cause certain reactions or counteract with others. They can tell you medications you should take in place of others or recommend ones that might fit your needs better. They can also give you information on OTC (over the counter) meds you should or shouldn’t be using based off your symptoms and medical history.

It kills me when I hear a friend say something like, their medication is making them nauseous so they are going to call their doctor to make an appointment to see what they should do. 🤦🏼‍♀️Call your pharmacist!! They are way easier to get a hold of, they are trained specifically for this, and you’ll get the answer you need plus additional information to help.

Now remember, the pharmacist can’t fill a new prescription without a doctor. But if the pharmacist recommends you switch to a new med, all you have to do is contact your doctors office, tell them of your conversation with the pharmacist and their recommendation and give the pharmacy number. Done! You’ll get a new prescription that may work better for you and you didn’t have to go in to the doctor.

Use your pharmacist people! If you have a medication question, ask your pharmacy! They are there to fill your medications and answer your questions. 💊

Disposing of unused medication

Do you know what to do with unused or expired medications? So many people just flush them down the toilet or pour them down the drain thinking that’s the safest thing. Medicines that are flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, impacting aquatic life, and contaminating our food and water supplies. Most medications are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Please do not flush your medicines!

The FDA lists a few options as safer choices to dispose of medicines. The first is DEA registered collectors. They are pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and law enforcement agencies that will collect unused medications and dispose of properly. You can find a collection agency or take back event in your area by going to the DEA’s website.

If no take back programs or DEA registered collectors are available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions on the product package, you can also follow these steps to dispose of medicines in the household trash:

1) Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, cat litter, or unused coffee grounds.

2) Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag

3) Throw the container in the trash

4) Remove all personal information (name, phone number, prescription number) from the label of empty pill bottles or medicine packaging, then dispose of container

Keep our water safe by disposing of your medicines properly! And keep your personal identity safe by scratching off all personal information from the pill bottles!