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Top Ten Items for the Family Medicine Cabinet

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  1. A list of emergency phone numbers -- including those for the local poison control center and the National Poison Hotline (800-222-1222)
  2. Products for pain and fever such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  3. Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
  4. Antacids for upset stomach
  5. Antihistamines for allergy symptoms
  6. Decongestants
  7. Hydrocortisone cream for itching and inflammation. However, hydrocortisone cream should never be used on chickenpox, burns, infections, open wounds, or broken skin
  8. Bandages, gauze pads, and adhesive tape for scrapes and cuts
  9. Thermometers
  10. Alcohol wipes, disinfectant sprays, and antiseptic sprays to clean scrapes and cuts and to prevent infections

Ellen Whipple Guthrie, Pharmacy Today (October 2004)

Health Smart: Kick the Smoking Habit

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What you’ll find in the January 2013 issue of Health Smart:
  • Choosing a Weight-Loss Program?
  • Your Healthy Heart: Choosing Low-Fat Protein
  • Senior Health Update: Get Moving for Stress Reduction, Better Health
  • Your Child’s Health: Sleep
  • also, tips for Taking Iron

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Sore No More

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“Sore No More Natural Pain Relieving Gels are alcohol free, non-greasy, non-staining and have a light refreshing citrus scent. Sore No More products are made without unhealthy solvents, diluting agents, artificial preservatives, and are cruelty/animal free. Over 35 years experience in manufacturing premium products and our staunch commitment to pure and natural ingredients make Sore No More an economical, environmentally sensitive choice.” sorenomoreusa.com

We just ordered a supply of the new 4 oz. warm therapy squeeze tubes. We will also be receiving some packets if you would like to try a free sample.

Do You Have Any Questions?

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Unless you are a healthcare provider/worker, chances are you may have questions about your prescription medications. Due to the rise in popularity of online connected devices, most individuals look for medication information online. Unfortunately, this information is not always clear or it may even be misleading or false. Pharmacists can act as an excellent supplier of quality, easy-to-understand medication information. However, it may be difficult to know which questions you should ask your pharmacist. The following is a list of important points you may want to discuss with your pharmacist when picking up a new prescription:

  • When should I take my prescription? (morning , evening, bedtime, etc.)
  • How often should I take the medication?
  • Should I take the medication with food or on an empty stomach?
  • What activities should I avoid while on this medication? (Can I drive, should I avoid certain foods, should I avoid alcohol, etc.)
  • What medication side effects should I expect?
  • Where should I store my medication?
  • How should I dispose of my medication?
I hope this helps in understanding the "who, what, when, where, and why" of prescription medications. We are always ready and willing to help you better understand your medication

Winter Issues of Remedy's Healthy Living and Diabetes Focus

We just received our winter issues of Remedy’s Healthy Living and Diabetes Focus. If you would like a copy of these free publications please ask for one on your next store visit. What you’ll find in these issues:

Remedy’s Healthy Living
  • Animal Love: We looked at the research on animal companions and outline how the right pet can have a positive impact on emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • Healthy Food Makeover: Renowned chef Meg Galvin remakes comfort-food standard -- lasagna -- into a low-fat, high fiber (and still delicious) dish.
  • Bladder Q & A: Our panel of experts answers common -- but embarrassing -- bladder questions.

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  • Diabetes Focus
  • Healthy and Delicious! The 18 winners of the Food Awards offer healthy, convenient, affordable meals for any time of day.
  • Walking expert Maggie Spinler helps readers keep up -- and even ramp up -- their walking programs with simple suggestions for indoor winter walks
  • Nutrition expert Christine Gerbstadt discusses four important minerals found in common, delicious, good-for-you foods.


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Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event provides a safe and easy way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. Following are some figures on the initiative:
  • 1.5 million pounds of unused or expired medication nationally removed from public circulation
  • 13,965 pounds removed from Idaho
  • Fourth event removed 552,161 pounds on a national level with Idaho contributing 4,245 pounds
Refer to the following website for further information and posts on event locations.
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov

Newly Available Generics

Let's face it, prescription drugs can be expensive!  However, there may be a generic substitute to the expensive brand-name prescription you are taking. Generic drugs are as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts and typically cost much less (on average, generic drugs save 80 percent  compared to brand-name.)  If you are interested in cost savings, it is always a good idea to ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider if a generic is available.

Recently many commonly used brand-name medications have become available as generic equivalents.  These medications include:

  • Plavix© (clopidogrel), commonly used to prevent a secondary cardiovascular event (heart attack, etc.)
  • Lipitor© (atorvastatin), commonly used to reduce cholesterol and prevent a cardiovascular event
  • Lexapro© (escitalopram) commonly used to treat depression and anxiety
  • Seroquel© (quetiapine) commonly used to treat severe depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia
  • Actos ©(pioglitozone) commonly used as a secondary agent in treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Singulair© (montelukast) commonly used in the treatment of asthma
  • Avapro ©(irbesartan) commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure

Also, later this year both Diovan (valsartan) and Atacand (candesartan) will be available as generic equivalents.  With all of the available generic alternatives, why not save money and switch?  Remember to ask your pharmacist about switching to a generic medication.

Health Smart: Summer Saftey for Seniors

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What you’ll find in the July 2012 issue of Health Smart:
  • Protect Your Skin With Our Sun-Savvy Tips
  • Skin-Cancer Update, Are You at Increased Risk
  • Summer Foot Care: Protect Your Tootsies and Keep Them Looking Great
  • Older Adults Can Be More Sensitive to Alcohol’s Effects
  • also, Kids and Sleep Apnea
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Are BBs Beneficial in Patients with COPD?

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As part of a Kootenai Medical Center CME (continuing medical education) seminar, I was able to give the follwing presentation to a group of family practice physicians from the Couer d'Alene, Idaho area.  The topic I presented on was the effect of beta-blockers, a group of drugs used in treating cardiovascular disease, in patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  In preparing for the presentation, I was able to get feedback and suggestions from many of the pulmonologists working at Kootenai Medical Center -- which has added greatly to my own understanding of the topic.  During the presentation I also covered the causes, effects, and treatment options for COPD.  If you are interested in any of these topics, make sure and check out the power point that has been attached to this blog post.  Happy autumn everyone!

Seth Haslam
PharmD Candidate 2012


Powerpoint Presentation Options:
Web Version
Downloadable Version

Responsible Drug Disposal

To avoid potential environmental impacts from improperly disposing medications we recommend:
  • DO NOT flush unused medications or pour them down the sink
  • Pour medications into a sealable plastic bag or container. If the medication is solid, add a small amount of water to help dissolve
  • Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds
  • Seal the plastic bag or container and place in trash
  • Before recycling or trashing empty prescription bottles make sure to remove any personal information

For more information and a video demonstration visit smartdisposal.net

Why are Statins Such a Pain?

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The “statins” are a commonly prescribed group of drugs that are effective in preventing heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases. These drugs include Lipitor© (atorvastatin), Crestor© (rosuvastatin), Zocor© (simvastatin), Pravachol© (pravastatin), Mevacor© (lovastatin), and Lescol © (fluvastatin). Statins work primarily by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. More specifically, statins inhibit the enzyme¹ HMG-coA reductase—the enzyme responsible for cholesterol production. Although statins are considered to be generally well tolerated and safe medications, they can potentially lead to adverse effects. The most common of these adverse effects is nonspecific muscle aches and pains. In order to prevent the development of this adverse effect, some healthcare providers have recommended that their patients take the supplement coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone). Just how effective is this supplement in reducing the incidence of statin induced muscle aches and pains?

Recently two of my fellow students and I were tasked with evaluating the primary medical literature dealing with this very topic. The short answer is that coenzyme Q10 is only mildly beneficial in reducing the incidence of statin induced muscle aches and pains. So if you are currently taking a statin and are suffering from these symptoms, you should be aware that coenzyme Q10 may not be the silver bullet you were hoping for. However, there are a few simple things you can do to potentially lessen the severity of muscle aches and pains. First, ensure that you are taking the exact dose prescribed by your healthcare provider. It is not uncommon for statin drugs to be prescribed in half doses to reduce the cost to the patient. Inadvertently the patient may take one whole tablet when they should have taken one half of a tablet. Secondly, talk with your provider about the side effects you are experiencing. Depending upon your cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular disease it may be appropriate for the dose to be decreased. And last of all, check with your pharmacist or healthcare provider to see if any of the medications you are currently taking increase the chance of developing statin induced muscle aches. Many medications, and even foods, can potentially interfere with statin metabolism and increase the chance of muscle aches and pains. For this reason, it is always a good idea to have your pharmacist check your medication list before starting a statin drug. Remember, statin therapy doesn’t have to be a pain.

Seth Haslam
Pharmacy Intern


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2) ATP-the major source of energy for cellular reactions.