If you are living with diabetes, it is important to develop an action plan in case you become sick or you need to put yourself in strict quarantine. Here are some important things to consider in your action plan:
You don’t know which glucometer to choose? Your pharmacist can help you over the phone and deliver one to you once you have made your choice.
Here are some things to keep in mind before you make your choice:
High blood pressure (hypertension) is known as a silent disease, which means it generally doesn’t cause any symptoms until a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke occurs.
When they’re not experiencing any symptoms, it can be difficult for people with high blood pressure to understand or feel the benefits of their treatment. However, it is important to manage hypertension correctly as this has a direct effect on the risk of a cardiac event. See how you can do it at home.
It is recommended you take your blood pressure after any change in your treatment (for example, an increase in dosage or a new medication) or from 1 to 3 times a week, if you are stable.
Measure your blood pressure twice in the morning and twice in the evening (wait two minutes between readings) before taking your hypertension medication.
To take a reliable reading, it is important to follow a few rules when measuring your blood pressure:
If you are taking multiple medication, managing them can be more complicated during this pandemic Fortunately, your pharmacy can offer solutions and options to help you.
It is often possible to coordinate your refill dates so that all your medication becomes due at the same time. Your pharmacist will adjust the various quantities so that you can then begin refilling them all at the same time.
You can even synchronize prescriptions for the whole family, so that they ca all be refilled at the same time, reducing the number of visits to the pharmacy or delivery. Please inquire if this service is available in your pharmacy first.
You can also ask the pharmacy staff to renew your medication automatically at the frequency that suits you (for example, monthly). The pharmacy staff will call you a few days ahead of time to let you know that it’s time to renew your medication and let you know when they will be ready for pick-up. They’ll check whether any changes have been made to your treatment since your last refill and will make any adjustments required.
The preauthorized refill service gives your pharmacist a chance to better analyze your file and find solutions in case of any problems (such as back-ordered stock, no refills). It will also provide you an opportunity to discuss your medications with the pharmacist and address all your concerns.
In select pharmacies, you can also access your pharmacy record online, which offers several convenient options:
To access your online account, you will have to make a request by phone to your pharmacist after answering security questions. This is important in order to confirm your identity and protect the privacy of your information. There is no charge to this service.
It’s important not to interrupt certain treatments, so if ever you can’t get an appointment with your doctor before your prescription expires, your pharmacist may be able to help. Following an assessement of your situation, your pharmacist may be able to renew your prescription to ensure your treatment isn’t interrupted.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.