Drug company advertisements urge you to “talk to your doctor” about their drug. But there is an additional health care professional you should talk to – your pharmacist.
Your pharmacist is a specialist who understands the chemical and physical properties of drugs, their uses and how the drugs work in the body. Pharmacists must pass licensing exams to practice in the state of Tennessee. In addition, they must complete annual requirements for continuing education. Your pharmacist can answer questions about your medications, recommend over-the-counter (nonprescription) drugs and discuss side effects of a specific medication or combination of medications.
"SP715-Your Pharmacist - A Partner in Your Health Care," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, R12-5310-133-034-09 SP715-10M-03/09 09-0175, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexheal/43