Stopping a treatment: Have you consulted your pharmacist?
Nearly 40% of Quebecers indicate that they have stopped taking a prescription without first talking to a healthcare professional about it, according to a survey conducted by the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec.
Some of the main reasons indicated were the patients suddenly felt better, there were uncomfortable side effects, or a perception of ineffectiveness. Medication for chronic illnesses, like diabetes or hypertension, is particularly affected by this phenomenon. However, adhering to your treatment’s prescribed duration is essential to ensure it is effective and that your state of health improves.
On the occasion of Pharmacy Awareness Week, which began on March 12, the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec would like to remind you of the importance of talking with your pharmacists before you consider stopping a treatment. This is your health and they are there to help you!