medications need to change.
Taking your medication list andnotes with you when seeing healthcareproviders can save time and confusion.
Another thing you’ll want to payattention to is when you need to refillyour medication. Most pharmacies takerefill requests over the phone and someeven deliver. Your pharmacy team can domore for you than just fill prescriptions.
“They can help people betterunderstand how to take theirmedications, how to manage any side-effects,” says Safia Khalfan, a pharmacistwith Alberta Health Services.
“We can also provide information
about any potential interactions with
other drugs and supplements, foods or
substances like alcohol. And in certain
situations, we can write patients a
If you are being discharged from
hospital, you can ask to see a pharmacist
about your medications before you go.
Timothy Logan, a clinical pharmacistat Chinook Regional Hospital inLethbridge, welcomes speaking withpatients and their families about theirprescriptions.
“I look at the patient’s medical history,
the medications they were on at home,
medication allergies, and review the
patient’s labs in hospital,” he says. “With
this information, I am able to recommend
dosage adjustments for specific stages
of disease, depending on a variety of
Pharmacists can also advise other
healthcare providers about drug
And if you need help, your healthcareteam (which includes your familydoctor, family, pharmacist and, mostimportantly, you) can work out a planthat best suits your health.|a
Alberta Health Services, the HealthQuality Council of Alberta andCovenant Health offer letter-sizeand wallet-size medication listtemplates to help you track yourmeds. To download a copy, visit:ahs.ca/medlist.
Your pharmacy team
can help you better
understand how to take