Generic vs Brand-name medication: Why should I trust my pharmacist?
Why should I trust my pharmacist? It’s essential to have clear communication with your doctor and pharmacist when it comes to taking drugs and medications. The greater the understanding of your treatment, the greater chance you have of recovering.
You might feel uncomfortable or scared when talking to your pharmacist, but you shouldn’t feel that way. You’re not imposing on anyone with your questions. They are there to help you answer your questions.
Pharmacists are trained medication experts
Pharmacists are clinically trained medication experts who can answer customers’ questions and offer advice about their medications. They have years of experience with different pharmaceuticals and are kept up-to-date on the latest developments and changes in available medicines.
When a medication becomes available as a generic, pharmacists can therefore offer the customer a comparably safe and effective, but more affordable, treatment option, compared to the brand-name product. The use of generics can result in significant savings for both the patient and the payer.
However, many patients are reluctant to use generic medications, often due to a lack of understanding or to misinformation about the generic approval process. Pharmacists can address many of these concerns when interacting with patients. Effective communication can help patients make informed decisions about whether to take a generic or brand-name product.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Pharmacists identify patient concerns by encouraging their patients to ask questions. They can then clarify potential misconceptions about generic drugs via patient education. With open communication, pharmacists can improve patients’ knowledge and help them become more comfortable with using generic drugs.
Pharmacists can educate consumers efficiently by supplying valuable information that reinforces the public’s confidence in the quality and efficacy of generics as well as addresses consumers’ questions about allergens and drug-drug interactions.
Your pharmacist is a specialist who understands the chemical and physical properties of drugs, their uses and how the drugs work in the body. Your pharmacist can answer questions about your medications, recommend over-the-counter (nonprescription) drugs and discuss side effects of a specific medication or combination of medications.
Pharmacists have valuable information
When you take a new prescription to your pharmacy, your pharmacist will give you the following written information:
- Name of the drug
- Purpose of the drug
- How, when and for how long to take the drug
- Foods, beverages or other medicines you should avoid while taking this medication
- Side effects that may occur and what you should do if you experience these side effects
Pharmacists have the inside scoop on everything, from how to save money on prescriptions to common mistakes to avoid. Make the most of your visit to your nearest The Local Choice Pharmacy and remember their recommendations as well as other information and advice they want you to know. We are here for you!
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