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Are Expired Drugs Still Safe And Effective?

With a pounding headache you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin and realize the expiration date on the bottle passed … quite a while ago. Do you take it?  Will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer? One of the questions I get asked the most by patients is: “Should they take expired medication or throw it out?” This information is very important for two reasons:  A.) There are some medications that should not be used past their expiration dates and  B.) Medications can be expensive and habitually replacing expired but unused drugs…

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States? Surprising, I know. But if left untreated and uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other major health problems. This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to focus on this chronic medical condition. WHAT IS IT? In order to understand the seriousness of diabetes, we need to know exactly what it is.

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Going through “the change”?

Going through “the change” can be confusing and overwhelming. Menopause can cause a different range of symptoms. The first thing to change is your monthly cycle. At the beginning of menopause you may have light or heavy periods that come and go at erratic times. The frequency of your periods may begin to change as well. Other symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, pain and discomfort, palpitations, mood changes, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia and recurring UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections). This period of change can take anywhere from two to five years before fading. Some symptoms…

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Is this GMO or No?

Many people are trying to reduce their intake of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) but some don’t know why. Is this GMO? What is GMO?  Jimmy Kimmel asked people on the street if they even knew what the acronym GMO stood for and many didn’t. Here’s the breakdown of what it means and so you can make an educated decision for you and your family. There are three types of produce: conventional, organic, and genetically modified. 1. Conventional produce is sprayed with chemical pesticides but the genetics of the fruit or vegetable are natural, made from seeds made in nature. 2….

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Have a Weight Loss Goal? Your Pharmacist Can Help

Pharmacies like ours can help you meet your weight loss goal. You can schedule time to speak with a member of the pharmacy staff. We will get some calculations like BMI and blood pressure. Then we can test your blood glucose levels with a prick test. After reviewing your individual numbers and habits, our team can help you come up with a plan to help you reach your weight loss goal. Each person is different. We can help define a diet and exercise program that works for you. If we discover that compounded medication is something that can help you,…

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Healthy Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually means indulging in foods that are often times unhealthy. Here are three quick and easy ways to switch out some classics for healthy alternatives for Thanksgiving with all the flavor. 1. Simply substitute the candied yams for sweet potato or butternut squash, and switch the marshmallows for brown, organic sugar and walnuts. 2. Instead of a creamy green bean casserole, opt for green beans sautéed in garlic, tomatoes and basil. 3. For dessert, instead of choosing pecan pie, choose apple pie and avoid most of the sugar, corn syrup and calories. Thanksgiving can still be delicious and indulging,…

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Headaches are Caused by Dehydration?

Did you know that 80% of headaches are caused by dehydration? On especially hot days, nine degrees or more above average, your risk of getting a migraine jumps 8%. Our brains are mostly water and when you reduce the water content in your body your brain literally shrinks because your blood flow function becomes disrupted and causes a reduction of flow to the brain. This in turn causes inflammation. In short, your body simply does not have enough water to function properly. You can recognize a dehydration headache because it causes pain when you move. To improve the symptoms, reduce…

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Good Bacteria

Bacteria comes in two forms GOOD and BAD. Bad bacteria is, of course, what can make us sick but good bacteria keeps us healthy. It is important to keep a steady stream of good bacteria coming into our bodies. Good bacteria is more commonly referred to as probiotics. Here are some great sources of probiotics you can begin consuming right away. -There are dairy sources such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and aged raw cheeses. -Veggies and fruits are also a great source– introduce tomatoes, artichokes, onions, greens, asparagus, garlic, leeks, berries and bananas. -Veggies and fruits are most effective when…

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Common Food & Drug Adverse Reactions

Many of our favorite foods are more satisfying when paired with another. For example, chocolate on its own is delicious but many people find that chocolate and peanut butter is a tastier combination. But did you know eating chocolate and taking certain drugs might carry risks? What you eat or drink can alter or even negatively affect the way your medicines work. Food can affect the degree and rate at which a drug is absorbed into your system, alter your metabolism and the excretion of certain medications. Although the specifics of “food-drug interactions” are complex, here are examples of foods…

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ADHD Awareness Month

Because October is Global ADHD Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight the fact that standard prescription drugs don’t always provide adequate relief, especially for patients dealing with complex conditions such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder. In those cases, compounded medications, which are personalized for each patient, are always a great alternative. There are several ways to help a person that suffers from ADHD. Besides finding a personalized, compounded medication to treat ADHD, making certain changes to diet and routine may help. Many doctors and patients are noticing an improvement by simply eliminating processed foods and those containing chemical additives and sugars….

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