Ask Your Pharmacist
Having arthritis of any kind is no picnic and often questions arise that are best dealt with quickly by a health professional. Instead of having to make an appointment with the GP, some people choose to ask their local community pharmacist.
Pharmacists not only help their arthritis customers to get better when they are ill, perhaps with a ‘flare’, but they can also support customers to stay as fit and well as possible.
Pharmacists’ services almost never require an appointment and are almost always free of charge. Pharmacists can assist in a number of ways, including:
- Managing your medicines: ask about MedsCheck, Home Medicines Reviews, Dose Administration Aids, Patient Medication Profiles, and Consumer Medicines Information leaflets.
- Chronic disease management for conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and asthma.
- Temporary assistance of some conditions including incontinence, eczema, hay-fever, allergies, skin conditions, pain relief and gastrointestinal conditions. It is always recommended that you follow up with a visit to your GP to further investigate causes and treatment.
- Health checks, including blood pressure monitoring and body mass index (BMI).
- Advice and supply of medical and rehabilitation aids.
- Advice on pain relief.
- Supporting healthy lifestyle, including smoking cessation and diet. © Queensland Health
For more information visit askyourpharmacist.com.au, or drop in to your local pharmacy.
MedsCheck for people with arthritis
When you have arthritis, your doctor may sometimes prescribe you many different medications for your arthritis and any other medical conditions you might have. In addition, you might also be taking complementary products, and even though these are ‘natural’, they can interact with other medications, or have side effects that can impact on your health. Please be mindful of notifying your GP or pharmacist of any other products you are taking. With so many medications to manage, it can become overwhelming, and your health can suffer as a result of confusion in dosage, side effects, or when to take one or the other medication.
Your local community pharmacist can help. They offer a service called MedsCheck which offers one-on-one time with your pharmacist, in the pharmacy, to review and discuss the best ways to manage and get the most out of your medicines.
A MedsCheck will:
- Give you a better understanding of your medicines and how they interact.
- Make you feel more confident that you are taking the right medicines at the right time.
- Ensure that your medicines are working for you.
- Provide you with a documented action plan.
This service is government funded with no direct cost to you. If you take five or more prescription medicines, or have had a recent significant medical event ask your pharmacist if a MedsCheck is right for you.