Working With your Pharmacist

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Your pharmacist is the best person to talk to about your entire prescribe or self-medication migraine medicine management plan; they can offer you the following:

Pharmacists can provide reliable information on all medicines. They are experts on both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, they have a vast amount of knowledge about possible side effects, drug interactions and how to properly use medicines.

It can be difficult in a short appointment slot with your doctor to get all the information you need and be completely clear about how to take your medications. Your pharmacist can verify what your doctor said and answer your questions.

Monitoring any medications that you take is important and by always using the same pharmacy, they can accurately keep a record on your behalf. Some pharmacists ensure that individuals complete patient medication profile too.

Alternatively, you could monitor your own medications by keeping a record of your medicine and allergy history, any medical conditions that need to be considered, and all the medicines (prescriptions and over-the-counter) you take.

The key benefits of your pharmacist or you doing this is that the records will reduce the possibility of taking inappropriate medications and help prevent undesirable drug interactions.

In addition, choose a pharmacy where the pharmacists take time to explain each medicine to you and answer your questions. Some pharmacies have designed a special area you can privately discuss questions or concerns you have about your medications.

Your pharmacist will be able to provide a number of painkillers, such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen that can help to relieve a headache and/or migraine. Sumatriptan, a migraine-specific medication, is also available over-the-counter from your pharmacist. There are strict conditions that apply before sumatriptan can be supplied without a prescription and your pharmacist will need to speak with you to ensure that you meet these conditions. If you do not meet these conditions or if your symptoms follow a particular pattern, your pharmacist will advise you to see your doctor.

It is very important that acute treatments, such as painkillers and triptans are not taken regularly in the hope that they will stop migraine from occurring as medication overuse headache could develop as a result. If you are experiencing more than five attacks per month, discuss preventative treatment options with your pharmacist or doctor.

Combinations of some of these painkillers are also available with other medicines that help tackle the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.  There are medications for other conditions, e.g. colds, that may also contain painkillers which you may need to consider this when taking medication for migraine.

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