Your Pharmacist Probably Knows More About Your Health Than Your Doctor—Here’s Why

In Careers, News by Chris

Many times our pharmacist is a quick resource to show us what to take when we are not feeling our greatest. Even though this can be quite helpful – and fast – is it truly a good idea? We do believe that our own favorite and trusted pharmacist can know us more than any doctor, however is this true? After all the pharmacist does not have access to the tools to really evaluate our current situation.

How can a pharmaceutical company help you?

The pharmacist has no training to diagnose disease, exclusive attribution of the physician. An illness cannot be treated simply by resemblance, but with deep knowledge based on its epidemiological, etiopathogenic and pathophysiological characteristics. Headache is not a disease; colic is not, much less a cold. But behind these manifestations, the individual may have hemorrhage, pneumonia and other serious complications. Abdominal pain that may characterize simple gastroenteritis is sometimes indicative of a much more serious illness such as appendicitis. Thus, prescription based only on symptoms and signs can delay and mask the diagnosis, endangering the patient’s life. In addition, important side effects of drugs and their interaction with other drugs in use cannot be overlooked, as well as complicating pre-existing diseases.

How to act on these simple cases?

In these cases, a treatment that would be domiciled can end up generating prolonged hospitalizations, with more health risks. That pneumonia that was early on and could be easily treated at home may require hospitalization. And then we enter into other problems already well known to the Brazilian population, such as the lack of beds in hospitals, crowded emergency rooms, in short, a situation that crosses the barrier of delimitation of activities of one or another professional class, aggravating the already critical problem on health.

Waiting for the medical diagnosis in the end is much less serious than the anxiety of seeking healing with those who do not have the competence to prescribe an appropriate treatment. The pharmaceutical company in your area will help you, of course, but the best idea is to seek professional help from a doctor, always. Getting the right solution for a well-known case is way safer than blurring its main signs and prolonging the disease.

The bottom line

The pharmacist is a health professional extremely important in the role he has been performing up to now. But the right and the duty to prescribe medicines are from the doctor. And this he does from the diagnosis of the disease, not from symptoms and signs. This is one of the basic principles, learned and repeated throughout the medical course: proper diagnosis is critical to the success of the treatment and should be taken seriously. From this principle comes another that diseases even when simple should be treated with due seriousness, to remain simple and not cause any further hassle. Make sure you always have every single symptom assessed before taking any kind of medicine, that way you will be safer! Get in Touch: