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How We Help
Side effect management:
Should I take my medication with food? Before bedtime? At the same time as my other medications? How and when you take your medication affects how you can best manage challenging side-effects. Whether you are on a blood pressure medication like Lasix or Metoprolol, an anti-depressant that is causing sleeplessness or extreme tiredness like Zoloft or Lexapro, or an anticonvulsant medication like Topamax or Keppra, making small changes to your daily routines can have a huge effect on your overall quality of life.
Drug-drug and drug-food interactions:
You don’t see it, but almost every drug that a pharmacy dispenses today is accompanied by a drug-interaction warning that the pharmacist must acknowledge in their IT system. Some of these are minor, whereas others are not. Plus, not everyone reacts to their medications in the same way. Understanding and managing these drug-drug interactions as well as drug-food interactions and their resulting side-effects can make a real difference to how you feel, how often you take your medication – and as a result – the effectiveness of the medications.
Complex medication regimen management:
More than 25% of adults take three or more medications, and 15%+ of adults take five or more. These numbers rise to 60% and 40% respectively among seniors 65 and older. If this sounds like you, rest assured, you are not the only one managing these complex regimens – and it is challenging for everyone. A typical diabetes regimen can include injectables like a GLP-1 receptor agonist (Byetta, Victoza) and oral medications such as Metformin, Januvia, Jardiance or Glipizide. This can be in addition to a variety of additional medications to manage cholesterol and high blood pressure, such as statins like Lipitor and Crestor, or a variety of Beta Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, and Calcium Channel Blockers respectively. A comprehensive review and ongoing management of these medications is essential, as is education on which ones may fit your budget and situation best. Make sure that your lifestyle isn’t dictated by your medication regimen, but rather your medication regimen is tailored to fit your lifestyle.
Second opinions and alternative medication recommendations:
Are you starting a new medication or having persistent challenges with an existing one? Confused and unclear on the alternative options you may have available? Is your insurance company recommending a switch or has a different co-pay for different medications in the same therapy class? It may be worthwhile to get a second opinion and to understand your options clinically – so you can make the best determination financially. Our pharmacists can help arm you with the facts you need to make an informed choice and ask the right questions of your providers and insurance company.
Advice on deciphering the best over-the-counter options:
Standing in the OTC (over the counter) aisle at the pharmacy can be overwhelming. Standing in front of your drug cabinet in the middle of the night with a screaming, teething infant can be doubly so. Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Naproxen – so many choices – which is best for you, at what dose, and why? Our RxLive pharmacists can quickly help you decipher all the marketing and branding and help you pick the right OTC product for you and your family. So, whether the choice is in the flu, cough and cold section (Sudafed vs. Mucinex), laxatives or constipation, allergy, or contraceptives, attack the OTC aisle like you own it.
Who We Help
Managing an ailing parent or loved one is challenging enough without having to deal with potential medication problems – especially from afar. A personal pharmacist can be an important sounding board and ally when discussing medications with the bevy of different providers, who are all trying to address different symptoms and have different objectives.
Prescribing for patients who have a range of medical issues and multiple providers can be challenging. A pharmacist who stays abreast of the latest drugs, recommendations and dosages can be an invaluable ally for busy practitioners. For your patients with a need to manage a wide array of medications, we can help you prescribe the optimal regimen.