January 12th is National Pharmacist Day!
Pharmacists do so much more than just dispense prescriptions. They have a
wealth of knowledge to assist patients with safe medication use, potential drug
interactions as well as preventative services and over the counter medications.
Take the time this Saturday to thank your pharmacist for everything they do!
Pharmacists are Easily Accessible
Pharmacists are often available when other health
care providers are not, and most often do not require you to schedule an
appointment to ask questions about your healthcare needs.
Safe and Effective Medication Use
Pharmacists help ensure that medications control
conditions the right way. They help minimize any side effects and safeguard
against any possible interactions with other medications that lead to more
expensive health care costs such as emergency room visits, hospitalization,
OTCs and Supplements
Pharmacists are experts in prescription
medications, supplements and over the counter medications. They can tell you
about potential interactions with foods, other drugs, or dietary supplements.
And they can help you pick the perfect product. With over 100,000
over-the-counter products on the market, your pharmacist is always there to
lend a helping hand!1
Tria Health’s Pharmacists
Tria Health was founded on the belief that
pharmacists play a vital role in the management of high-risk patients that
drive the majority of health care spend. If Tria Health is currently a part of
your healthcare plan, call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your
As with many chronic conditions, effectively managing your medication is extremely important in treating thyroid disease. In recognition of Thyroid Awareness Month, we wanted to share a Tria Health Success Story that will teach you a few guidelines for achieving optimal results from your thyroid medication.
A patient with hypothyroidism had effectively treated her condition with a medication called levothyroxine for several years without a problem. But she was recently diagnosed with osteopenia, or low bone density, after a routine bone density scan. Her doctor called and recommended that she start taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement to improve her bone health.
The patient told her Tria Health Pharmacist that she had been taking the new calcium supplement at the same time as her thyroid medication. But calcium tends to bind to thyroid medication, decreasing its absorption, making it less effective, and potentially causing her to experience symptoms of hypothyroidism again. Her pharmacist recommended that she take the medications at least four hours apart, which will keep the two drugs from interacting.
Thyroid medications can be incredibly effective for managing thyroid conditions, like hypothyroidism. But it’s also important to get your thyroid levels checked on a routine basis to make sure that your medication is working as it should be. Calcium is one of several over-the-counter medications that can cause interactions with thyroid medication, including antacids, magnesium salts and aluminum hydroxide. Some prescription medications may also interact with thyroid hormone absorption.
Here are a few tips for taking your thyroid medication:
Take thyroid medication on an empty stomach (try 30 minutes before eating, or two hours after) and with plenty of water.
Take your medication at the same time every day.
Always check with your pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
For more information about Tria Health and the importance of Medication Therapy Management (MTM), visit our website.