Frequently Un-Asked Questions: Insights from Tullys Totalhealth Pharmacy

29 Jun 2023 | Read time: 02 mins

At Tullys Totalhealth Pharmacy, we understand that sometimes there are questions that patients may hesitate to ask, whether due to embarrassment, lack of awareness, or simply not knowing where to find reliable information. In this blog, we aim to address frequently un-asked questions and provide helpful insights to empower our patients with knowledge and promote better health and well-being.

Can I take over-the-counter medications with my prescription medications?

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a pharmacist or your doctor, before taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications alongside prescription medications. Certain combinations can lead to drug interactions or adverse effects. Pharmacists can help evaluate your specific situation and provide guidance on safe and appropriate OTC medication choices.


How can I improve medication adherence?

Medication adherence is crucial for effective treatment outcomes. To improve adherence, consider the following strategies:

  • Use pill organizers or medication reminder apps to help you stay organized.
  • Understand your medication regimen and ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Communicate openly with your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any challenges or concerns you have regarding your medication routine.
  • Refill prescriptions in advance to avoid running out of medication.

 Are there any natural remedies or supplements that can help with specific health conditions?

Natural remedies and supplements can sometimes complement conventional treatments, but it’s important to approach them with caution. Always consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist before starting any new supplement, as they can interact with medications or have potential side effects. They can also provide evidence-based information on their effectiveness for specific health conditions.


How can I properly dispose of expired or unused medications?

Proper disposal of medications is essential to protect the environment and prevent misuse. Many pharmacies, including Tullys Totalhealth Pharmacy, offer medication returns programs. If such programs are not available in your area, follow these guidelines:

    • Remove any personal information from prescription labels.
    • Take unused or expired medications out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance (e.g., coffee grounds or kitty litter) in a sealed bag or container.
    • Place the sealed bag or container in the household trash. Do not flush medications down the toilet unless specific instructions indicate it is safe to do so.


How can I manage the common side effects of medications?

Some medications may cause side effects that can be bothersome. To manage common side effects:

    • Communicate with your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any side effects you experience.
    • Follow the recommended dosage and administration instructions.
    • Take medications with food, if advised, to reduce stomach upset.
    • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as it can help alleviate certain side effects.
    • Avoid self-adjusting medication doses or discontinuing medications without consulting a healthcare professional.