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High Blood Sugar (Diabetes)
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Health and Wellness
Pharmacist consultations prevent drug errors and ensure that patients have the right prescription for their condition. DRUG is an acronym found in the Pharmacy Times that I use to discuss information about your medication.
Dosage: I discuss the dose of the medication, how it should be taken, any specific dosage timing issues, and what to do if the patient misses a dose.
Results: What should the patient expect while taking this medication? How is the drug working in the body, and how can the patient tell if the medication is working? It is also important for the patient to understand the consequences of nonadherence.
Underlying Issues: I present potential issues that the patient needs to be aware of when taking the medication, including: Does this medication have any Black Box Warnings? Is the patient allergic to this medication? Is the patient taking any other medications that may interact with this medication? Does this medication have any specific alcohol, grapefruit, or sun sensitivity warnings? Does this medication have an effect on any other disease states that the patient may have? Are there any special precautions with the elderly, young, pregnant, or breast feeding patients? Are there any other medication specific cautions or precautions that should be discussed? General information: I assess the patient's understanding of the above information. I also discuss how to properly store the medication, what to do about refills, how to dispose of unused meds, and assure that the patient knows who to call for questions.