hello my name is andrew tolmie. i'm a communitybased practicing pharmacist with a clinical area of interest in addictions management. hello, i'm rosemary killeen. i'm a practicingpharmacist with a focus on osteoporosis and women's health. today i'll be answering a few of your questions. can pharmacists write prescriptions for anydrugs, or do i always have to go visit my doctor first. new word to ontario. pharmacists can now actuallyprescribe some medications in certain conditions. most commonly, this takes the shape of prescribingprescription renewals for medications for
a stable, chronic condition. this includesthings like diabetes or high blood pressure. pharmacists can also assess patients and prescribesome drugs to help those patients quit smoking. now whether or not you still need to visityour doctor to get that prescription for a medication renewal really depends on the typeof medication and an assessment by your pharmacist. just like when you get a prescription fromyour dentist or your family doctor, there's a number of things your pharmacist has toconsider before they write that prescription. "how well is the medication been working"or "have you been experiencing any side effects" are just a few of the things that they mightlook at. so even if your pharmacist isn't able to write that prescription renewal fora medication, your pharmacist will still work
with you and your doctor to make sure youget the drugs you need and ensure that continuity of care. can i do anything to decrease my chances ofgetting osteoporosis? osteoporosis canada has specific recommendationsfor both diet and exercise to help keep your bones healthy and to prevent the falls thatcan lead to fractures. from an exercise perspective, it's very importantthat people of all ages participate in cardiovascular exercise, particularly weight-bearing exerciseslike walking or aerobics class and also strength training which could be with weights or pilates- those kind of exercises which help maintain the strength of their bones as they get older.
specific recommendations for nutrition, particularlycalcium and vitamin d, which are important nutrients in bone health, vary by your age.so for example, adults aged 19-50 should aim for 1000 milligrams per day of calcium eitherfrom their diet or from supplements or a combination of those two. in most cases we recommend thatpeople try to get most of their calcium from their food which can be from dairy sourcesor vegetables like beans and bok choy and other good sources of calcium. if you're havingtrouble getting as much calcium as you need from your food, check with your pharmacistabout what supplement might be best for you. for vitamin d which is also important in bothmaking sure your body can use calcium properly and also to help maintain your muscle andbone health it's hard to get as much as you
might need in a day from your food so youmay need a supplement. again adults aged 19-50 need between 400 and 1000 units per day. soyou can check with your pharmacist about how to get that in your diet or from supplementsavailable at your pharmacy. it's also important for everyone to know ifthey're at increased risk for developing osteoporosis due to their age, their family history, othermedical conditions they might have like celiac disease so it's important they discuss thiswith their healthcare provider to see if an additional risk assessment is necessary intheir particular case. the website at 'osteoporosis.ca' has a great risk calculator and checklistthat is recommended for everyone to do.