Many people pick up their prescriptions at the pharmacy and go home without a second word to the pharmacist. For many, this is enough. However, the pharmacist's knowledge of medication and its effects make him or her well prepared to address questions about interactions and effects as well as condition management. Part of a pharmacist's job is to help patients manage chronic conditions including high cholesterol, asthma, and diabetes. The pharmacist can help these patients to understand how their medications work and whether a current treatment regimen is doing its job.
Pharmacists can also talk with patients about their medications and educate on what each particular drug is intended to do. Effective in helping patients avoid taking multiple drugs with the same intended result, they also help patients to manage side effects and can even suggest asking a physician about an alternative drug should the effects of one become too difficult to manage. Pharmacists can also be of service to those patients who are not taking prescription drugs, as they are qualified to inform patients about potential strategies for weight loss, tobacco cessation, and other wellness goals.