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02/Nov/2017

 

Ask your pharmacist about a Medicines Use Review

With winter just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make sure your medicines are working to keep you well, particularly if you are living with conditions such as asthma or COPD. Community Pharmacist, Kerry Grimes explains more.

“Do you sometimes get mixed up with your medicines; forgot to take them or wonder are you using them properly? Perhaps you think you don’t need to use your medication all the time? Why not book yourself in for a Medicines Use Review with your local pharmacy!

A Medicines Use Review is an appointment with a community pharmacist to focus on how you are getting on with your medicines. It is particularly useful for those living with asthma, or COPD. It usually takes place in your local pharmacy at a time that suits you. It is a health service so you don't need to pay for it.

What will happen at the appointment?

  • The pharmacist will probably start by going through all the medicines you take, finding out how you take your medicines, and if you have enough information about them.
  • The pharmacist will check how well you are getting on with your medicines, for example, can you swallow your medicines easily, or are you using your inhaler properly.
  • Together, you will discuss how you think your medicines are working.
  • Together, you will talk through any questions or concerns. 

Pharmacists are experts in medicines, and are ready to hear your concerns and your questions. You can be open with them and say whatever you want in these meetings.

It’s important to understand your long term condition and benefits of treatment. Your medicines need to be taken regularly and at the correct time for them to be effective at preventing problems such as asthma attacks or lung infections e.g. pneumonia.

You can ask your pharmacist questions at any time, but a review will give you both more time to concentrate on you and your medicines. As this is Ask Your Pharmacist week, why not take the opportunity today to find out more about this new service. If you are interested and would like to make an appointment, call your local community pharmacist to arrange a suitable time.” 

Are you aware of what services are offered in pharmacies in Northern Ireland? What’s been your experience of using them?


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