Going on holiday? Talk to your pharmacist first

VANCOUVER, June 21 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is encouraging residents to talk to their community pharmacist prior to embarking on summer holidays.

While you're caught up in the excitement of planning and organizing your holiday, consider visiting your community pharmacist for advice about your medications. Visiting your pharmacist is a quick and easy way to check off one box on your vacation 'to-do' list, along with the list of things you need to pick up for your holiday.

Pharmacists can assist with all sorts of medication inquiries such as those travelling in different time zones that need help amending their dosage schedules. They can also advise residents on whether taking certain prescriptions or over-the-counter meds would cause a reaction if the user is exposed to sunlight, heat or alcohol. Consulting with your pharmacist about these issues can give you peace of mind on your holiday.

"Pharmacists are the medication experts," said Marnie Mitchell, BCPhA CEO. "British Columbians can really benefit from taking the time to talk with their pharmacist to make sure they get the best health outcomes from their medications."

"Whether you've got a chronic condition or just want to be prepared in the event of an emergency, seeking out your pharmacist ahead of time can save you a lot of time and money when abroad," said Mitchell.

Visiting your pharmacist can also help you check off other important items on your vacation checklist, including stocking up on sunscreen, first-aid kits and any over-the-counter meds that you may need, such as allergy and motion sickness pills and anti-itch cream. Your pharmacist can offer great advice on what to bring with you to ensure you get the most from your holiday.

Before you go on your summer vacation, your local community pharmacist can:

  • Review your medication to make sure you have enough for the duration of your holidays;
  • Help you adjust your dosing schedule to make sure you avoid missing doses when travelling across time zones;
  • Arrange for a prescription refill upon your return home in the event that you lose your luggage;
  • Give advice on how to avoid travel sickness and prevent travelers' diarrhea;
  • Provide advice on any over-the-counter medications you might need for your trip, such as sunscreen; and
  • Your pharmacist may also be able to administer injections.

Pharmacists are accessible and conveniently located throughout the province. Visit http://www.bcpharmacy.ca and enter your postal code in the "Find a Pharmacy" box to find the nearest BCPhA member pharmacist to you.

Visit www.bcpharmacy.ca to find out more.

Notes to editors:
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It represents more than 2,200 pharmacists and 700 pharmacies throughout British Columbia.

SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association

For further information:

Kate Hunter Director, Communications: 604.269.2863 kate.hunter@bcpharmacy.ca

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