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5 ways a pharmacist can keep your family healthy

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Jared Nekos (right) says that the pharmacists at Dedrick's Pharmacy work with your family and your doctor to create a wellness plan that is just right for you.


We sat down with Jared Nekos, pharmacist and owner at Dedrick's Pharmacy and Gift Shop in New Paltz, to find out how Dedrick's can be a source of help and wellness for you and your family.

HVP: Can you help me come up with a vitamin regimen that is just right for me?

Jared: Yes, our pharmacists can help you pick the right vitamins for you and your family. Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients. They work with your body to help it perform hundreds of functions. From bone health, to boosting your immunity and healing wounds, vitamins are necessary.

HVP: How will a pharmacist help me to learn more about drug interactions?

J: Our pharmacists are highly trained to recognize these interactions and prevent medication errors. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication and supplements (OTCs) and even natural herbal remedies can have harmful interactions that a pharmacist can educate you about. When starting a new medication, supplement or herbal remedy, ask
us if it is safe.

HVP: What sorts of symptoms can a pharmacist help me with? How can I find the best over-the-counter medications for my symptoms?

J: When dealing with the common cold, sinus pressure, allergies and even your run of the mill headache, pharmacies have a wide selection of over-the-counter medications that can help treat these symptoms and get you feeling better quicker! Our pharmacists ask questions to get to the bottom of your symptoms, then make safe, efficacious recommendations for over-the-counter medications.  
HVP: How can a pharmacist work with my doctor to get me the best care?

J: Pharmacists and doctors have a collaborative relationship. Each prescription that goes through our pharmacy is checked to ensure that the best medication for your ailment is prescribed, that it has been prescribed at a safe dose and that the medication does not interact with other medications you may be taking. We are also a resource that many prescribers utilize daily when they have specific medication questions.

HVP: What other kinds of assistance can I get at Dedrick's?

J: Our pharmacists are happy to answer questions about your medications, vitamins and supplements. We will review dosing with you to ensure that you and your family are taking a safe dose of medication. Also, many medications and OTCs are not designed to be taken by children. Ask us for a recommendation when treating your child to ensure their safety and to avoid dangerous medications. We are only a phone call away!

Jared Nekos is a trained pharmacist and the owner of Dedrick's Pharmacy and Gift Shop. 190 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-0310.