Santé Montréal

Speaking to a pharmacist

You have a minor health problem? You have questions about your medications or an over-the-counter health product? A pharmacist can help!

There are over 400 pharmacies on the island of Montréal.

The pharmacist is the person to turn to if you have a minor health problem or questions about a prescription or over-the-counter medication. 

The following services are available in pharmacies

  • prescriptions for an emergency oral contraceptive ("morning after pill");
  • information on the prescription drugs (interactions, side effects, advice on how they should be taken);
  • advice about over-the-counter products, including natural health products;
  • help finding a drug therapy to quit smoking;
  • safe disposal of medications.

Many pharmacists work with other health professionals to provide a range of services (vaccinations, lipid profiles, high blood pressure monitoring, monitoring of asthma and many other chronic diseases). All you have to do is ask! 

You can help your pharmacist by providing important information

Your pharmacist needs to know certain things about you to do his or her job properly. 

Don't be surprised if the pharmacist asks :

  • for the names of all of the drugs you are taking (both prescription drugs and over-the-counter products);
  • for the names of the natural health products, vitamins or homeopathic products you are taking;
  • if you are suffering from any particular health problems;
  • if you smoke or drink;
  • if you have food allergies or are allergic to certain drugs;
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

We strongly recommend that you always go to the same pharmacy. That way, you know that your pharmacist has your complete dispensing record, so you won't have to repeat the information that's in your file every time you go.

Pharmacies open around-the-clock (24/7)

  • Pharmacie Jean Coutu
    Owner-pharmacist : Dave Larouche et Vy Ky Linh Le
    305, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H2X 1Y1
    514 285-2646

To find another pharmacy in Montreal, check the Portail santé mieux-être.
This link will let you to search by resource type or by name and by postal code or region. 

You can return your unused and expired medications to any pharmacy.
For more information, visit the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec Website (only in french).

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Last Update : 16 July 2019