Pharmacy Care: important information
Pharmacy Care is here to help you find out about:
- common conditions that a pharmacist can usually help with
- the right questions to ask about your health and pharmacy medicines
- pharmacy medicines and the ingredients they contain.
For a more detailed guide to this section, see How to Use Pharmacy Care.
Visit our section on Common Conditions that can affect your family’s health.
Pharmacy Care contains summarised information that is for educational purposes only. It should not replace the detailed, individual medical advice you will get from a doctor or pharmacist.
Just because a medicine or health product can be bought without a prescription does not mean it is suitable or safe for everyone. This applies especially to infants, children, the elderly, those with other health problems, those who are taking other medicines, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Advice from a health professional about medicines should always be sought in these circumstances.
If you are ever in any doubt about your health or a medicine, talk to your doctor or a pharmacist before starting or changing a treatment, and ask about how it is used.
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Last Reviewed: 23/07/2010
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Pharmacy Care provides information about how to treat minor medical conditions with products available at the pharmacy.
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