Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist any question about your health and medicine. We have face to face dispensing to encourage these conversations between our customers and pharmacists, as well as being open seven days a week, early to late, so you can catch us on your way home. Some common questions are, “Do I need to take this with food?”, “What side effects might I get from this medicine?” and more. Ask Calanna – we can either help or advise you to see a doctor.
Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?
For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).
In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!
Dear Matthew, What should I look for in a pharmacy?
You should look for one that has pharmacist who’s experienced and understands your family’s needs. Face to face dispensing is important. This means the pharmacist is easily accessible at the front of the dispensary so you can speak with them and access their knowledge. Additionally it should be open seven days a week, early-late. This is because they understand that when you’re crook, or need advice, it generally happens off the clock. A loyalty club with customer benefits is always a plus. Laslty, look for one who genuinely cares about your family, has an experienced team and offers unique products and services to assist your health.
Dear Jana, my toddler gets colds all the time and I’m worried about his immune system. Is there anything I can give him?
It’s perfectly normal and actually beneficial for your child to get frequent colds at this age. It’s important because a toddler’s immune system is developing defences that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, there are strains of probiotics that can assist with reducing the severity of colds. Additionally, some herbal medicines are good for supporting a healthy immune response.
If your toddler is not recovering from their cold or their fever lasts more than a few days, seek the advice of a health professional.
Dear Matthew, how can I get the most out of my medication?
Make sure you’re taking the right medicine and the right dose, at the right time. Our Medication Packing service is a simple and convenient way to help you stay on top of this. Additionally, our MyDNA Medication Test reveals what medicines are better suited to your body, which medicines may have fewer side effects and the optimal dosage of a particular medicine for you. In general your DNA contributes to how your body breaks down medicine. Due to this, we can liaise with your healthcare professionals to assist them with current and future prescribing decisions. Take your MyDNA test today from $99.00.
Dear Matthew, why is it so important to choose one pharmacy?
By choosing only one, your family is in safer hands. Why? All of your medication data will be in one place. This helps to avoid the risk of conflicting medications that could make you sicker.
We are able to learn about your medical history and make recommendations on the type of medicine you’re taking. Additionally, we can provide the correct dosage amounts. It helps us to better liaise with your GP and we can provide advice in emergency situations, such as losing an important script or what to do if you have missed a dose. Just like you’d choose one doctor, we’d love you to choose Calanna as your number one pharmacy, so our family can get to know yours.