Hello, my name is Kate and this is my pharmacy blog. Last year, my mother became very ill. The doctor prescribed a range of medications but my mother was having severe problems with swallowing the tablets. I contacted my pharmacist and asked for help. The pharmacist explained that he could offer a compounding service in which the pills would be crushed and then mixed with other material to form a liquid which is easy to swallow. I was so pleased that I have kept in touch with the pharmacist and I have learnt a lot about the other services they offer.
Not every type of medication requires a prescription. In Australia, it is possible to buy a wide range of different drugs over the counter (OTC) without seeing your doctor. In one way this is great, as it means you do not need to book an appointment with your GP. However, in another way, it may not be so good if you are confused by the massive range of OTC medications. Below is a guide which will help you to find the right OTC medication for your medical problem.
Speak to a pharmacist
If you are unsure which type of OTC drug would be best for your medical complaint, you should speak with a pharmacist. The pharmacist in your local chemist is specially trained to give advice about medications and their use. While they are not a trained doctor, they will be able to advise you on basic medical problems and the products and drugs you will need to use in order to deal with them.
Check the form of the medication
Finally, you need to check what form the medication will take. For example, if you find it difficult to swallow pills, you may wish to look for an OTC drug which has been formulated into small caplets. If caplets cause you problems, you may wish to explore the option of compounding your medication. Compounding involves mixing medication into a liquid so it can be easily measured and administered by the patient. Your local pharmacist will be able to provide you with more information on this subject.
Read the label
When choosing OTC medication, you should resist being drawn in by fancy packaging. Because there are often several different types of medications which are competing against each other, some suppliers will try to make their product look more appealing by using shiny or expensive-looking packaging or by claiming that their product contains a special ingredient. Often, these more expensive drugs will cost much more than generic versions which contain the same active ingredients. You should carefully examine the label of each OTC medication to check which active ingredients it contains. By doing this, you can ensure you purchase a drug which is appropriate and good value for money.
If you would like more help and advice about finding the right type of OTC medication, you should make a visit to your local after-hours chemist today, where the staff will be happy to speak with you.Share