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Talking to the Pharmacist About Medicine

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What is medicine?

  • When you get sick, you might need to take medicine.
  • Medicine can be:
  • Pills
  • Something you drink
  • Medicine may help you feel better.

How do you get medicine?

  • Most medicine is ordered by a doctor.
  • Orders for medicine go to a drug store. This is also called a pharmacy.
  • A pharmacist gets your medicine ready.

How do you get medicine?

  • You can get some medicine on your own.
  • These are called “over-the-counter” or OTC medicines.
  • You can get these at a drug store or pharmacy.

What is a pharmacist?

  • A pharmacist is a person who gives out medicine.
  • A pharmacist must go to a special school to learn about giving out medicine.
  • At school, a pharmacist learns about:
    • What makes people sick
    • How drugs work

Where is a pharmacist?

  • Look for the pharmacist in the pharmacy.
  • Some pharmacies are in drug stores.
  • Some pharmacies are in grocery stores or big chain stores.

If you have questions about medicine…

  • The pharmacist can help answer your questions about:
  • Your illness
  • Your medicine

How can a pharmacist help you?

  • A pharmacist can tell you about:
    • The medicine you take
    • Why you take it
    • How to take it
    • When to take it

Side Effects

  • Medicine can make your body change
  • These are called side effects.
  • The pharmacist can tell you about changes you might feel when you take a new medicine.

What else can a pharmacist do?

  • A pharmacist is not a doctor.
  • But a pharmacist can help you:
  • Figure out what to do if you get sick
  • Decide when you should go to see a doctor
  • Choose the right OTC medicine
  • Give you ideas on how to stay healthy
  • Pharmacists are there to help. So ask questions!

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Last updated on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 17:20