Medications offer many benefits: they can help manage a health condition, relieve symptoms or improve your health. They can also be complicated. If you’re taking multiple medications, it can be challenging to keep track of the different dosages and instructions. It’s important to get expert advice on managing your medications, especially if over-the-counter products, supplements or herbal remedies are also part of the mix.
What is a medication review?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could sit down with a pharmacist, one on one, and get your medication questions answered? That’s exactly how a medication review works.
You can ask for a consultation with a pharmacist to discuss your medications. He or she will help you understand why you’re taking them, how to take them in a safe and optimal way, and how to manage potential side effects. Pharmacists also offer tips on managing medications, such as organizing your pills or setting reminders to take them.
Depending on where you live and which medications you take, you may qualify to have your medication review funded by the provincial government. Ask your pharmacist if you’re eligible.
Who should get a medication review?
Anyone taking multiple medications may benefit from a one-on-one discussion with a pharmacist about their medications. This includes seniors, people with chronic health conditions and people who take over-the-counter and natural health products in addition to their prescriptions.
At the end of your consultation, you’ll receive a complete, up-to-date list of your medications, which you can share with your health care team and family members.
How do I get a medication review?
If you need a medication review for yourself or a loved one, ask your pharmacist for details.