By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC
Increasingly, there is a major shift taking place in today’s society involving the way in which people manage their health. There is a growing percentage of “do-it-yourselfers;” meaning people with access to enough information and past experience to make personal health decisions. This “do-it-yourselfer” self-care group can be divided into two general and sometimes overlapping categories: the ‘disease prevention’ do-it-yourself group and the ‘sickness’ do-it-yourself group. There are people looking to prevent disease by themselves and there are people looking to take care of themselves after they’ve become sick. There is tremendous opportunity to strengthen the existing relationship with these empowered patients as they are in the process of preserving and re-inventing their health. The question on everybody’s mind is; “What are the key benefits of tapping into your health independence?” Here are a few of many benefits of self-care as follows: saving time, saving money, gaining access to comprehensive care and the ability to focus on things that really matter in life. The pharmacy is a popular destination for the self-care patient. In the pharmacy patients discover a lot of high quality and highly effective options to treat and manage their minor symptoms and diseases. The pharmacist, well-informed of these options; evaluate and assess patients thoroughly before making recommendations from three (3) major categories for self-medication: (1) nonprescription (OTC) medications, (2) nutritional dietary supplements, and (3) natural and homeopathic remedies. With these options, pharmacists discuss strategies and offer recommendations to the do-it-yourselfer patient to ensure you find what you are looking for and also remain safe at the same time. As pharmacists, we become a vital resource in these patient’s lives.