Are e-cigarettes safe ?

Smoking electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) has quickly become a popular source for nicotine. Many use e-cigs as a safe way to quit smoking cigarettes. However, the long-term effects of e-cigs are still unknown. E-cigs contain nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerin, and different flavorings. There have been reports of quitting success with e-cigs, but they should not be considered “safe”. E-cigs can cause acute lung disease, atrial fibrillation, and nicotine poisoning. Studies reporting long-term effects of e-cigs on users are needed.

Eating a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can help keep you healthy and lower

your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Only 1 in 10

adults eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables daily. The Centers for Disease

Control recommends that adults eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Try

adding a side of fruit or veggies to all of your meals!

When is the last time you tested your smoke detector ?

When’s the last time you tested your smoke detector? Although we hope we never need to use

smoke detectors, it is very important that we make sure the detectors are working in case of an

emergency. It is estimated that 3 out of every 5 deaths from home fires are linked to fires with

home with no smoke alarms or no working alarms. You should test your smoke detectors once a

month by pressing the test button. All smoke detectors should be linked so that once one alarm

sounds, all alarms sound.

Flu Vaccine is here ! Stop in today to get your vaccine

Flu vaccine time is around the corner… it is important to make sure you are protected.

The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, but is especially important for those:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain conditions (diabetes, asthma, lung disease) who are at higher risk for serious complications
  • People who care for the elderly or others at higher risk for serious complications

Vaccination is recommended as soon as possible to make sure your body has time to produce antibodies against the influenza virus. It takes approximately two weeks for your body to build up protection.

Two vaccines are available at Sand Run Pharmacy.  The traditional “flu shot” is available and recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. This is an inactivated virus that provides protection with less risk of side effects. Although you cannot get the flu from this vaccine, side effects can occur and include:

  • Soreness, redness, swelling at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Aches

Although the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over  the age of 6 months, there are some individuals who should not receive the vaccine. This includes individuals:

  • With a severe egg allergy
  • Who have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past
  • Who are currently ill with a fever (they should wait until they recover)
  • With a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome

These individuals should consult their physician prior to receiving the vaccine.

At Sand Run Pharmacy, we are able to vaccinate patients age 14 and above. We accept most major insurances and offer affordable prices for those whose insurance does not cover the vaccine. Walk ins are welcome! If you have any questions, please call us at (330) 864-2138.

Employers or community organizers looking to schedule a flu clinic, click Business Flu flyer for more information

 

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D ?

Are you getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D? Vitamin D and Calcium are important components in maintaining strong, healthy bones. Calcium helps to build strong bones and Vitamin D is needed to help your body absorb calcium from your diet. Dairy products are a great source of calcium. Anyone 50 or older needs 800-1000 IU of Vitamin D daily. Women under 50 and men under 70 years need 1000mg of calcium daily. Women over 50 and men over 70 need 1200mg of calcium daily. If you aren’t getting enough, you may need to take a daily supplement.

How to get rid of unused medications

Do you have unused medications but don’t know how to get rid of them? Check out the medication disposal pouches at Sand Run Pharmacy! Simply place your unused medications into the pouch, add water, seal the pouch, and toss in the trash. You can also dispose of medications through the Summit County D.U.M.P (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly) program. Visit https://www.scph.org/dump/dump-box-locations to find the closest location! Remember to scratch all personal information off of your medication bottles before throwing away the bottle.

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Vaccines are important for people of all ages to help prevent diseases and illnesses. Have you received your flu, pneumonia, shingles, or tetanus vaccines recently? Unsure if you are due or eligible for vaccines? Come visit our pharmacists or talk to your doctor about what vaccines are recommended for you! Flu season is just around the corner so be sure to stop in and get your yearly flu shot to help protect yourself from the flu.

Summertime in Ohio

It is summertime in Ohio and the sun is finally out! While you’re outside soaking up those rays of sunshine, be sure to use sunscreen. Sunscreen will help protect you from the harmful UV rays from the sun and help to prevent skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a broad spectrum, water-resistant, sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. It is important to wear sunscreen on any day you’ll be outside, even if it is cloudy or snowy. You can also protect yourself by seeking shady areas or wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, a hat, or sunglasses.

The truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes. These are attractive alternatives to sugar because they add virtually no calories to your diet. However, studies have found that artificial sweeteners can actually increase your risk for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Artificial sweeteners confuse your metabolism because they are much sweeter than sugar. They are also highly addictive. The moral of the story is that artificial sweeteners may not be a “guilt-free” alternative to sugar. It’s important to keep everything in moderation.

Drinking caffeine

Many US adults rely on drinking caffeine in the morning to jump start their day.  While caffeine works well to wake people up, too much caffeine can have negative effects on your health.  These can include increased stress on your heart, irritability, and headaches.  Also, patients with high blood pressure or other cardiovascular diseases should limit caffeine intake, as it can worsen those diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine doses up to 400mg per day appear to be safe.  This amount of caffeine equates to around four cups of coffee or 10 cans of pop.