5 Ways To Find The Right Wellness Pharmacy For Your Needs

What is a Wellness Pharmacy?

A wellness pharmacy is a place that sells a mix of over-the-counter medications, natural remedies and supplements. Some will also fill prescriptions from your family doctor. Most are independently owned pharmacies with close ties to their local communities.

So what's the difference between a wellness pharmacy and your local big-box store?

The short answer is their approaches. Wellness pharmacists take a holistic approach to help you find the combination of natural, lifestyle and prescription support that your body needs for good health. They often share the belief that the body is a self-healing organism that does its best work when properly nourished and cared for. Instead of focusing on treating symptoms, holistic approaches look to treat potential causes.
If you're looking for a more personal approach to your health, visiting a wellness pharmacy might be your next step.

But how do you find the right pharmacy for you?

Step 1: Ask Friends or Family Members.

If you're looking for a new wellness pharmacy, ask friends and family members who use them.

Step 2: Check Out Reviews Online.

Another option is to search online for reviews of different pharmacies. Check out Google reviews, Facebook reviews or sites like Reddit or Yelp to get a feel for what pharmacies are like. This will give you an idea of how satisfied customers were with the service they received.
Additionally, you can seek out sources like Consumer Reports. In a 2014 survey, CR identified that "customers at independent [pharmacies] were much more likely than others to have discussed prescriptions with their pharmacist. That's especially important because your pharmacist can tell you about ways that over-the-counter drugs and even certain foods can interact with prescription drugs to make them less effective or cause dangerous side effects." Now you know - and knowing is half the battle.

Step 3: Look at Special Offers.

If you're looking for a new pharmacy, consider checking out special offers. Many pharmacies offer discounts for people who sign up for automatic refills. You might also see a discount if you buy certain products.

Step 4: Read About Their Services.

Wellness Pharmacies can offer a range of services - from travel vaccinations to auricular medicine. The pharmacy website is a good place to get a feel for what is available, but if you don't see what you're looking for make sure to stop in and ask. Wellness Pharmacies are connectors. They work with naturopaths, osteopaths, homeopaths and practitioners from other healthcare disciplines - filling prescriptions, dispensing remedies and bringing in the products that the services require. Your path to wellness is unique and may require different forms of treatment and approaches. Your pharmacy may help you connect to a new approach that works for you.

Step 5: Call Them Directly.

Finally, call them directly. You can ask questions about their services and get answers to your questions. The internet is a great place to start looking for general information, but the fastest way to get the information you're looking for may be a good ol' fashioned conversation. They'll be happy to talk to you - and if you're in the Leamington, Ontario area give us a call!  Here's our number - (519) 322-4922

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