Become empowered, ask questions, stay informed, be proactive, and participate in shared decision-making with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to make smart choices about your health.
Explore our resources below to find out more about the benefits and harms of medications and what you can do to improve your medication use.
Speak to your pharmacist, doctor or nurse
After reading this brochure, ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse to review your acid reflux medication (proton-pump inhibitor or PPI).
More brochures about proton pump inhibitors
Our collaborators at the Bruyère Research Institute have also created a number patient educational resources to help patients decide if the should continue or stop their proton pump inhibitor. Click here to see their PPI deprescribing decision aid, and their PPI patient educational brochure.
A patients perspective of PPI deprescribing
Check out this article, “Why are you taking a PPI?” written by Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network
Check out more articles on a range of topics related to medications and deprescribing.
5 questions to ask about your medications
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada suggests five questions to ask your health provider about your medications, especially if you are on a number of drugs.
Medication Therapy Services Clinic
Book an appointment with the Medication Therapy Services Clinic, or MTS Clinic, the province’s only “pharmacist-clinic”, which is run by the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University. The pharmacists see patients by appointment to help them understand their medications better, and work with patients, their doctors and community pharmacists (and other health providers) to ensure they are taking the best medications for them, and using them in a way to ensure they are receiving the full benefit.
Use this record to track all your medications including the name of the drug, the dose, what it was prescribed for, how many times a day it is taken, when it was prescribed and who prescribed it. You can even type in your answers for better legibility!
Memorial University podcast on proton-pump inhibitors
Listen to Dr. Justin Turner (Canadian Deprescribing Network and SaferMedsNL) discuss the safe use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) with Dr. Cathy Balsom (Clinical Pharmacist at the MTS Clinic) and Mike Chong (Drug Information Pharmacist at the School of Pharmacy).