Tag Archive: pharmacist advice

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 5:00 pm

Ease Into Exercise To Benefit Mind, Body, and Soul

It’s time to break out those new sneakers and start an exercise program for a healthier mind, body, and soul. The calendar and weather are finally in sync, so there are fewer reasons to delay getting outdoors to begin low impact physical activity such as walking. If you have any health concerns, or it has been a long while since you have engaged in regular exercise, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before you initiate a new exercise program. It’s better to be aware of any precautions and follow recommendations so as to avoid injury and make...

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Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:52 pm

Contact Lens Care: Fundamentals 101

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses The decision to wear contact lenses is often more than just a cosmetic choice. For those who need vision correction to bring the world into focus,  contact lenses allow the wearer the freedom to engage in sports and other highly mobile activities without the hassles typically associated with eyeglasses. The freedom to pour all your attention into an activity without distraction is truly a game-changer for many. This is especially true for many young adolescents who struggle with the need to wear eyeglasses with protective sports eyewear. Good hygiene is paramount! Good hygiene is essential when...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00 am

One More Important Reason to Drink (Or Not Drink) Responsibly

It’s New Year’s Eve and the Holidays are nearly over…it’s been a whirlwind of gatherings with friends and family.  For many, tonight’s schedule of events will include a toast or two, to old and new, as we ring in the new year 2015. Time to toast, choose wisely(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Whether you take prescription or non-prescription medication, choose your toasting beverage wisely. Alcohol can affect the rate at which the body metabolizes or clears medication, as well as increase side effects such as sedation or drowsiness. Be sure to check with your pharmacist or doctor if alcoholic beverages are...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 pm

There’s No Season Like Flu Season

The Holiday Season has arrived, along with its traditions of family gatherings, elegant foods, and festive social events. We look forward to visiting family and friends, both near and far, spending precious time together celebrating. For many of us, travel is a large part of our Holiday plans. As we all know, during travel, we are most vulnerable to exposure to a variety of illness-causing viruses and bacteria. Busy, crowded airports, train stations and bus terminals make it a challenge to avoid fellow travelers who may be feeling those first tell-tale signs of a cold.  Flu is no fun and...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:00 am

Honey…A Natural Remedy for Canker Sores

Could it be true that something as simple as honey contains the long sought after remedy to effectively treat minor canker sores? Anyone who has ever experienced the rapid, painful eruption of a canker sore, also known as a recurrent aphthous ulceration (RAU), will appreciate this recently published study* finding. The healing properties of Honey(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) A clinical trial of 94 subjects was conducted to compare the effectiveness of topically applied honey with that of the prescription anti-inflammatory medication triamcinolone and over-the-counter Orabase in the treatment of minor canker sores or RAU.  The clinical parameters examined were ulcer...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:00 am

Questions For The Pharmacist?

The state mandated offer to counsel, “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?’, while not new, continues to remain an underutilized patient resource. Granted it may sound like a mere obligatory offer when you hear it repeated patient after patient at the pharmacy counter, but in reality it is so much more. Just ask any Pharmacist. Conversations uncover issues(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) We love to talk with our patients! You are the reason we do what we do on a daily basis. And just in case you are wondering…there are no foolish questions. I believe most of my colleagues...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 am

Proper Disposal of “Sharps”

Sharps is the medical term for syringes, needles or other devices that are used to pierce to cut the skin. When insulin was made available to treat Diabetes, self injection and the use of syringes by patients became wide spread. Sharps come in an assortment of designs and devices Since then, advances in biological treatment of diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis C, Oncology and others have created an increase in the use of syringes in the home and outside of the controlled health care setting. In addition to injecting, sharps are used to draw blood for diagnosis of...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:00 am

How to Handle a Missed Dose of Medication

It happens more frequently than most of us realize, and yet, it never fails to cause us concern. I am referring to that “Oh, no…now what do I do?” moment when you realize that you’ve forgotten to take your medicine.  Missed doses of medication add up(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) The best proactive advise I can give is the recommendation that patients keep a file of all information received with  the prescription fill. This information may come in handy more often than you expect. The patient prescription information is where you will find instructions for a missed dose specific to your...

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