Even when you have been taking a prescription drug for a long time, it’s good to talk to your pharmacist about it. The pharmacist can provide a good review on how the drug works, review basic instructions for use and discuss any side effects that may be occurring. Remember to ask any questions you might have regarding any aspect of your drug therapy.
A pharmacist’s main job is to talk to people about their medication so they get the best results from their medication. Communicate before you medicate is a good rule to live by. Let your pharmacists use their knowledge to increase your knowledge about the drugs you need to take.
What causes bruising? Bruises result from the bursting of blood vessels that transport blood around the body. Red blood cells leak out into the surrounding tissue and start to break down. This results in that multi-coloured area called a bruise. Immediate treatment is a towel-covered icepack and pressure.
One of the myths of birth control pills is that if you are on them for many years, that it will be more difficult to get pregnant once you stop taking them. Not true. You can become pregnant in the first month off the pill. There is one form of contraception, the Depo-Provera hormone injection, that will take 6-9 months for all the drug from the shot to leave the body.
There is another long-acting, reversible birth control method now available in Canada. A small, matchstick-sized flexible rod is inserted in the inside of the upper arm releasing the contraceptive drug slowly providing protection for three years. A good alternative to the “pill.”
Speaking of pregnancy, the nausea and vomiting that can occur in the early months may be relieved by stimulating the P6 acupressure point. This point, also called the Nei Guan point in Chinese medicine and is found three fingers width up from the wrist bone and between the two tendons. The point is stimulated for five seconds at a time. Non-drug methods of symptom-relief is preferred during pregnancy.
Many people take extra vitamin C during the winter months and some take it in the form of chewable tablets. Vitamin C is quite acidic so it’s a good idea to rinse out your mouth afterwards chewing your dose. This will reduce any adverse etching of the tooth enamel caused by the acidity of the vitamin C.
Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada in 2018, there have been more reports of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). This syndrome, although ra describes the recurrent episodes of nausea and vomiting and generalized abdominal pain experienced by chronic users of cannabis products. The simple solution is to stop using cannabis or at the very least, reduce the usage.
Colon cancer represents about 12 per cent of all newly-diagnosed cancer cases in Canada. Six symptoms to watch for include: unexplained weight-loss, blood in the stools, changes in bowel habits, thin loose stools with diarrhea or constipation, abdominal swelling and pain and fatigue. To reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, stop smoking, eat less red meat (to twice per week), increase fruit and vegetable consumption and exercise daily.
Children learn sharing early in life. Something that shouldn’t be shared is medications. What works well for you could be devastating for another. Share information only and allow your friend to talk to her doctor to see if that medication is right for you.
With the various ways available to use marijuana, smoking is the worst for your health. Exposing toxic smoke to the delicate linings of the lungs is certainly not good for them. If one is a heavy smoker of marijuana, it affects the levels of dopamine in the brain which in turn can affect memory and judgment often resulting in impulsive behaviour. In youths, heavy marijuana smoking affects the full development of the brain which reaches maturity at about age 25.
Will people who are bilingual show a delay in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia? So far, the results are mixed. There is a theory that learning another language helps develop the brain’s cognitive reserve through increased blood flow and enhancement of the activity of brain cells. The jury is still out on this one but learning another language is a positive skill. It’s easier to learning another language when you’re young but it’s never too late.
Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year. Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally. Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.
Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville Phone:(705) 789-1785