In the case of a more serious medical emergency
Your pharmacist is a frontline resource who can help you in various situations as mentioned earlier. However, keep in mind that it is often advisable, or even necessary, to see a doctor. We repeat—the role of a pharmacist is not to replace a doctor.
When a diagnosis is necessary or when severe, unusual, persistent or alarming symptoms are present, go to a medical clinic or the nearest emergency department, depending on the context. Here are some examples of symptoms that could require prompt medical attention:
- high fever lasting more than 48 hours
- breathing problems (shortness of breath, wheezing, etc.)
- profuse vomiting
- loss of vision, speech, or balance
- pain in the chest, neck, jaw or arm
- significant bleeding or bleeding that lasts more than a few minutes
- severe headaches or severe pain from an unknown source
If in doubt, see a doctor as soon as possible. Additionally, remember that you can call Info-Santé at any time by dialling 8-1-1.
There’s really nothing to be happy about when illness strikes when it’s time to celebrate and enjoy spending precious moments with family and friends. However, it’s good to know that Santa isn’t the only one working hard during the holidays—your pharmacist is too! Pharmacists are undoubtedly glad to offer the gift of their time, knowledge, and skills—whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year!
We wish you health and happiness for the holidays!