There's been a lot of buzz lately about hemp and marijuana-based products to help patients suffering from medication conditions such as pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
Did you remember to take your blood pressure pill this morning? Well if you didn’t, you’re not the only person who has missed a dose or two of a prescribed medication. Maybe you’ve stopped taking that antibiotic because you were feeling better after a few days, or it upset your stomach.
Seven out of 10 Americans are prescribed at least one prescription medication. But how many of them actually take the medication that they are prescribed every day? One report showed that out of every 100 prescriptions written, only 48 to 66 are picked up from the pharmacy, 25 to 30 are taken properly, and only 15 to 20 are refilled as prescribed. Another study showed that 75% of patients were non-adherent to their medication regimen. Taking your medications is important to your health. Not taking medications as prescribed can lead to hospital admissions, recurrent infections, and unmanaged health conditions.
With spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can be bothersome and get in the way of work, school, and make those who suffer from them miserable. If you start to experience symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, take a trip to your local pharmacy. There are several over-the-counter (OTC) products for symptom relief that do not require a prescription from your doctor. Be sure to provide your pharmacist with a description of your symptoms, as well as any other food or drug allergies and a list of medications, including OTC products, that you are currently taking.
Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is now available at Gatti Pharmacy. This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for longer lasting protecting against shingles. Here's what you should know:
A Q&A adapted from Pharmacist's Letter website article December 2017
1. What’s this I hear about a new vaccine to prevent shingles?
There are now two zoster vaccines to prevent shingles, Zostavax, which has been on the market for a number of years and contains live zoster, and the new zoster vaccine, Shingrix, which is an inactivated shingles vaccines. The Shingrix vaccine contains no live virus, an important distinction from the Zostavax vaccine.
Did you know that Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control?
During Poison Prevention week each March, the nation’s spotlight turns to focusing on poisonings and how we can best prevent them. While this issue is one that is ever present, you might be astonished to know that social media is helping dangerous trends to continue. For example, a recent “Tide Pod Challenge” finds teens accepting dares to chew laundry packets and share the experience on social media. Clearly, this could lead to poisoning. Additionally, a few years ago, there was concern about Tide Pods being confused by toddlers for candy. These two examples could be followed by many more, and remind us that all age groups are at risk, not just small children.
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