Women Over 50 and Their Conversations with Their Pharmacist

By on June 23, 2021

This year, an estimated 4.5 billion prescriptions filled will be in the U.S., and with about half of consumers taking at least one prescription medication within the next 30-days. In fact, according to a recent JD Power study, only 10% of people talk to their pharmacist when picking up their medications.  

To help improve communication with our pharmacists, LivingBetter50 shares some questions women over 50 should be asking their pharmacists, but don’t.  Susan Peppers RPh says that these insights underscore the importance of having an open and educational conversation with your pharmacist about your medications and demonstrate the vital role pharmacists play especially as health care becomes more virtual. 

Could this medication interact with my vitamins and supplements? 

Talk to a pharmacist about all the medications you take, especially when you are prescribed any new medication to confirm that non-prescription medications or supplements will interfere with your medications. What goes into our bodies is important!

I’m taking multiple meds. What do I need to know? 

If you are on multiple medications for a chronic condition(s) you should speak with a pharmacist any time there is a change to your medication regime to check for potential drug-drug interactions, medication overlap, or gaps in care.

What should I do if I forget to take my medication? 

Having access to your pharmacist 24/7 is particularly important when you forget to take a dosage at the scheduled time because he/she can help you get back on track. Talking with your pharmacist from the privacy of your home is another great reason to look for this 24/7 convenience.

Could this prescription make me unsteady on my feet? 

Some medications can make you dizzy or drowsy, and there are other hazards in the home that can cause a fall, especially if you get up frequently during the night. A pharmacist can provide home safety tips to avoid an accident.

Is there a more affordable option for my prescription? 

If you are having trouble affording your medication, your pharmacists can help with more affordable options and recommendations, such as generics or less expensive formulary options. Many pharmaceutical companies offer payment assistance too, be sure to check if your new prescription falls into the category.

The importance of communicating with your pharmacist about your prescription medications and the effects they may have on your health is vital. Do not underplay the role and responsibility of these trained professionals. Start a conversation with your pharmacist and learn about maintaining a healthy life.

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Women Over 50 and Their Conversations with Their Pharmacist