When you have several prescriptions that need to be filled, getting them all from one pharmacy is safer and more convenient.
When you need to have multiple prescriptions filled on a regular basis, you might be tempted to shop around for the biggest savings at different pharmacies. While this can save you some money, it can also be risky. Safety and convenience the two main reasons why you should use one pharmacy.
Pharmacy errors can result in serious and potentially deadly health issues. One of the most effective ways to minimize these risks is to have all of your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy, rather than at different ones.
Having your prescriptions handled by one pharmacy considerably lowers the risk of negative drug interactions. When you go to one pharmacy, your pharmacist is aware of all of the medications you take. This is particularly important when you start taking a new medication that could interact with one of your current prescriptions.
Your pharmacist will be able to inform you of any concerns about interactions and recommend talking to your doctor about other medication options. If you take your new prescription to a different pharmacy, a pharmacist who is not aware of your other medications could overlook the risk of potential interactions. Every pharmacy has a different software system, which does not access other pharmacy software systems, so it is impossible for the pharmacist or software to detect a drug interaction unless the pharmacy has 100% of your prescription history.
Having different doctors prescribe you medication may increase chances that drug interactions are overlooked because they may not know as much about drugs prescribed by your other doctors—another reason to have one pharmacist look over your whole drug list.
Comfort and Convenience
Going to one pharmacy for all of your prescriptions also offers more convenience. Instead of having to drive to different pharmacies or remember which pharmacy handles which medication, you can get all of them at the same location each time.
Relying on one pharmacy also allows you to get to know your pharmacist better, which can help you feel more comfortable about asking questions or bringing up concerns about your medications, such as whether they might be causing side effects or why they do not seem to be working effectively. When your pharmacist is familiar with your health conditions and medication needs, they are also in a better position to ensure that your prescriptions are providing you with the care you need, which can help improve your health overall.
When it comes to choosing a pharmacy, keep in mind that compounding pharmacies can offer even more convenience. These pharmacies are often able to combine several different medications into one, easy-to-take form. This makes it easier for you to keep track of your medications, which helps reduce the risk of errors—such as taking too much of one medication at a time or forgetting to take other medications.
Depending on the types of medications you take, an independent pharmacy that provides compounding services might be able to combine two or more of them. Compounding pharmacies will check that your combined medications do not have the potential to cause negative drug interactions. They will also work to make sure that combining your medications will not interfere with each drug’s potency and make it less effective.
If you would like to combine your prescriptions at a local independent pharmacy, contact Smith-Caldwell Drug Store at 501-392-5470 to speak with one of our experienced pharmacists!