Reconcile Your Medications – Medication Review
You may see different doctors for different conditions. Each doctor may prescribe the medication that pertains to that condition, sometimes not knowing the other drugs you're on. That's where our pharmacists come in. Our pharmacists can review the list of medications, to double check there are no negative interactions with what you're on. If there is a concern, the pharmacist will contact your physician who prescribed the medication to verify it is appropriate or to get something else prescribed.
Advice on Over the Counter (OTC) Products
There are over 300,000 marketed OTC drug products. it is critical that patients consult their pharmacist to maximize the benefits from these medications and minimize the potential for harmful drug interaction and/or side effects. You can speak with our pharmacists to discuss the symptoms you're trying to treat in order to find the best over the counter medication for you. They can make sure you don't duplicate ingredients and that the product is appropriate for the age and weight of the person.
What if I Miss a Dose?
Accidentally missing a dose of mediation is not unusual, and may not be a cause for concern. However, it's important to know how you should handle this situation if it does happen, and our pharmacists can help.
Review of Side Effects or Special Instructions
Your doctor likely won't go over every single side effect when giving you a prescription, and the printed information that comes with the medication can be overwhelming. Medications list all the potential side effects, but they may or may not be relevant to you. Community Care Physicians' pharmacists can review these as well as any special instructions when taking the medication, such as whether you need to take it with or without food, whether you need to stay out of the sun, etc.
Recommending Generic Alternatives
Our pharmacists can advise you if there is a generic option that is less expensive than a brand name drug. The key difference between generic and a brand name medication is the cost, but not all generics are alike. Community Care's pharmacists can point out which medications may be worth talking to your doctor about.
Community Care Physicians' pharmacists are located at 501 New Karner Road, Suite 1A, Albany, NY 12205. You can connect with the pharmacists over the phone or in person. For more information call (518) 782-3771.
How Do I Use Medical Devices?
A medical device may be prescribed or recommended by your provider. Community Care Physicians' pharmacists can help you learn how to use your device safely and correctly to increase the benefits and decrease the risks. Our pharmacists can also teach you how to dispose of waste, such as needles, tubing, etc.