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What your pharmacist can do for you

Your pharmacist is now able to provide you with services that you used to have to wait to see a doctor or nurse for. Learn more.

Visiting the pharmacy

Your pharmacist is able to provide you with services that you used to have to wait to see a doctor or nurse for. Consult this page from the Ordre des pharmaciens du Quebec to learn more; the page is in French, but use the translate extension on your browser if needed.

Your pharmacist can:

  • Temporarily renew many prescriptions, until you can see your doctor
  • Prescribe preventive treatments, for example:
    • You want to quit smoking
    • You need emergency oral birth control medication (Plan B)
    • You want to start birth control without seeing a doctor
    • You are pregnant and experiencing nausea and vomiting
    • You want to get pregnant (and need vitamin supplements)
    • You are travelling to a destination where there is a risk of contracting diarrhea, malaria, or altitude sickness
    • You have head lice
  • Prescribe medications for certain health conditions such as:
    • Vaginal yeast infections
    • Urinary tract infections in women
    • Menstrual pain
    • Eczema (mild to moderate)
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Herpes labialis (cold sores)
    • Thrush resulting from the use of a corticosteroidal inhaler
    • Allergic rhinitis
    • Canker sores
    • Allergic conjunctivitis
    • Minor acne
    • Diaper rash
  • Adjust prescriptions (e.g. the form, the dose, etc.)
  • Replace your usual medication with another drug if there is a shortage
  • Administer a drug to demonstrate its correct use
  • Order certain laboratory tests to monitor the effectiveness and safety of your drug therapy
Call your pharmacist to find out how they can help you. Some of the major pharmacy chains have search engines that will let you find a pharmacist in the city who offers the services you need; for example:
  • Jean Coutu's Book an Appointment page (click on Consult with a professional and find the service you need in the list; more services are listed in the Other consultation services tab) allows you to select the service you need an appointment for. These include:



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