Do You Qualify for Medicare?

To be eligible for Medicare in Ohio, you must be 65 years or older and either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least 5 years. You’re also entitled to Medicare benefits if you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). If you have ALS, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare the same month that your Social Security benefits start.  You also qualify for Medicare if you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD, kidney failure). However, you will need to sign up for Medicare benefits; it won’t happen automatically as with ALS. For more information, visit the social security website.

Do You Still Need Your Heartburn Medicine?

Many patients experience acid reflux and heartburn and take medication to resolve their symptoms. Medications like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix should only be taken for two weeks unless prescribed by your physician. Risks of taking some of these medications long-term include osteoporosis, bacterial infection, and pneumonia. To reduce heartburn in other ways, you should avoid foods that cause heartburn, do not lay down after eating, and avoid tight clothing. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about needing your acid reflux or heartburn medications.

Do I Need Antibiotics?

Cold and flu season is upon us! One commonly asked question is – do I need antibiotics? Antibiotics are only used to treat bacterial infections, not viruses. So, how do you know if you have a bacterial infection? There are a few differentiating symptoms. Your infection is likely bacterial if:symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, your fever worsens after a few days, you have yellow or green mucus or white spots in your throat. While those trends are associated with bacterial infections, the only way to know for sure is a trip to your doctor.

Be Fast!

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke. A stroke occurs when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Remembering to “BE FAST” can help save your loved ones.

B: Balance (watch for balance issues)

E: Eyes (blurred, double vision, or vision loss)

F: Face (uneven smile or drooping on one side)

A: Arm weakness

S: Slurred Speech

T: Time is of the essence—call 9-1-1 as soon as possible

E-Cigarettes and Vaping Raise Safety Concerns

As of the end of last year, there had been 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarettes or vaping products reported to CDC.There have been 18 deaths confirmed in 15 states. Although their investigation is ongoing, the CDC urges the public to stop using e-cigarettes and vape pens, especially those containing THC. If you are using e-cigarettes or vaping and are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain, please talk to your doctor. If you were using e-cigarettes to help stop smoking, there are many other options we can show you to help you quit.

Try OrthoMolecular

Looking for a reliable supplement line? Ortho Molecular Products are as dependable and effective as they get. Stationed right here in the United States, this company provides good quality products with no surprises. Ortho Molecular develops formulas using the most well-researched ingredients. Their supplements are designed to be easier for your body to absorb and use. They manufacture their own products and control every step of the process, so you know exactly what you’re getting in your supplements. They rigorously test their products in a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory to ensure the purity, strength and composition of each supplement. If you are looking for a brand of supplements you can count on, stop in to see us and ask about Ortho Molecular.

The Salt of Life

 Did you know that you might be getting more salt that you need, even if you never pick up the salt shaker? According to the American Heart Association, about 70% of the salt that you eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods. They recommend that you consume no more than 2,300 mg of salt a day (food and drink combined)! One simple way to help reduce your sodium is to pay attention to food labels and choose the lowest sodium option as possible. Try looking for canned vegetables labeled “no salt added” and frozen vegetables without salty sauces.

Medication Safety with Pets

Just because a medication is safe for you doesn’t mean it is safe for your furry friends! Many medications that we take without a prescription are in fact toxic to animals like cats and dogs. Some of these include ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen. Before you give any medication to your pet, always ask your veterinarian if it is safe. It is also important to keep your medications out of your pet’s reach! Some medications that are used for blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and ADHD are very toxic to pets. If your pet accidentally consumes any of these medications, take your pet to the vet or call the Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661) immediately.

Managing Low Blood Sugar

Most people associate diabetes with having high blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is often a side effect of many diabetes medications and can be dangerous. Symptoms of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, include feeling shaky, sleepy, dizzy, confused or nervous, sweating a lot, or feeling clammy. To avoid hypoglycemia, it is important to take your medication as directed, avoid skipping meals, and check your blood sugar regularly, as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. If you start experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that you consume about 15 g of simple carbohydrates (3-4 glucose tablets, ½ can of regular soda, ~4 oz of fruit juice, or 3-4 pieces of hard candy).

Summer Swimming

Swimmers ear is an infection in your outer ear canal. It is often caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming. This creates a moist environment that helps bacteria grow and cause infection. The main symptoms you will see is redness to the outer ear, warmth, and pain. Swimmers ear can usually be self-diagnosed and treated with over the counter products. You can find ear drops that will keep your ears dry as well as products that will help treat the pain if needed. Talk with one of our pharmacists if you need help finding a product.