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Your pharmacist owner affiliated to Jean Coutu is happy to provide you with health services tailored to your needs.

Do you know how your pharmacist prepares your prescription?

Every time your pharmacist prepares your medication, they perform a series of checks to ensure you get the most out of your medication with the fewest side effects. With your health in mind, they will take the time required to do thorough work - for every prescription and every patient. Here are a few examples of the types of checks that your pharmacist does which contribute the to the quality of the services and care they offer.

Are you late refiling your prescription?

This may mean that you skipped some doses of your medication, either because you forgot or there was some misunderstanding about how to take it. Your pharmacist will help find solutions to ensure your medication is taken properly.

Are you early refilling your prescription?

More frequent use of your medication may indicate an increase in your symptoms and the need to find a better solution for you. Your pharmacist must also keep an eye out for any side effects that may result from increased usage.

Are there possible interactions with other medication?

If there are possible interactions with your medications, they may not be as effective. There may also be an increased risk of side effects. Your pharmacist must remain vigilant about any interactions and manage them properly.

Are there new treatments in your file?

If you’ve recently started a new treatment, your pharmacist must perform a more careful analysis of the efficiency, tolerance and dosage of your medication to detect any potential issues and find solutions.

Are you pregnant? If so, how far along are you?

Your pharmacist cares about your baby’s health too. They will ensure that the medication you’re taking will not affect your baby, or determine if it must be used with caution during your pregnancy, depending on what stage you’re at.

Are you breastfeeding?

If you’re breastfeeding, your baby may be exposed to the medication you’re taking. By checking if your medication is compatible with breastfeeding, your pharmacist can ensure your little one’s health and well-being.

Do you have any new allergies?

Your pharmacist needs an up-to-date list of all your allergies to ensure your medication is right for you. This list provides them with a way to check if there are any medications you shouldn’t be taking or that you must use with caution.

Do you have any new test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, INR, etc.), and will these affect the medication you’re taking?

Your medication must be adjusted based on the results of your treatment. In fact, the dose of certain medications is determined by the results of various tests. Your pharmacist will use this information to ensure your course of treatment is right for you—so it’s both safe and effective.

How much does your child weigh?

Children’s medication is often based on their weight. This data is needed to ensure the prescribed dosage isn’t too weak (the treatment may not work) or too strong (there’s a risk of side effects).

Do the services meet your needs? (Easy-to-open container, pills cut in half, label in large letters, etc.)

Your pharmacist strives to meet your needs in order to ensure you take your medication as prescribed - as easily and effectively as possible. This will help to improve or maintain your state of health.

Do you smoke?

If you smoke, there’s a risk that this may interfere with your medication. Smoking can also make it difficult to control certain illnesses, even with proper treatment. Your pharmacist must keep this in mind when checking your medication.

Are you taking medications other than what’s in your pharmaceutical file (over-the-counter medication, natural products, medication purchased at a different pharmacy, etc.)?

Interactions between prescribed medication, over-the-counter medication and natural products can affect the effectivess of your treatment or result in side effects. Your pharmacist needs to have a list of all the medication you’re taking at any given time.

Are you experiencing unwanted side effects from your medication?

As well as making you uncomfortable, side effects can change how you take your medication and influence its effectiveness. Your pharmacist can find solutions to help ease any side effects you experience, including changing your medication.

Can your prescription still be renewed?

If your prescription is about to expire, your pharmacist can remind you to call your doctor for a check-up. In some cases, the pharmacist can ask your doctor for authorization to renew your prescription, ensuring your medication isn’t interrupted before your next doctor’s appointment.

Tools for you

From making it easier to track your blood pressure, keep track of your blood sugar, to minimizing the risk of forgetting to take your medication, you can count on the tools provided by your pharmacist - whether it’s our Caution Hypertension program or online Health Record.

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