Long term side effects from PPIs

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prilosec and Nexium are great over-the-counter products used to treat heartburn that occurs 2 or more days a week. PPIs block acid secretion in the stomach. These agents are very effective with minimal side effects. However, vitamin B12 deficiency, pneumonia, low magnesium levels, and bone fractures are potential side effects associated with long-term use. It is important to talk to a doctor before using these agents long-term.

The importance of taking medication

It is estimated that 3 out of 4 Americans do not take their medication correctly. Non-adherence (not taking medication) may not seem like a big deal, but it can have harmful consequences. For example, untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke. One common reason why people are unable to take their medication correctly is that they simply forget. Sand Run Pharmacy has a variety of pill planners available. Also, ask us about our multi-dose packaging program. These products help remind you to take your medication each day.

Springtime allergies

Spring is the time for all the plants to bloom! The buds on the trees start sprout, the flowers start to blossom, and we all start to sneeze. Instead of suffering through allergies and spending a fortune on tissues, stop by Sand Run Pharmacy and talk to our pharmacists about what medications will help you the most based on your symptoms; anything from sneezing and runny nose, to itchy and watery eyes.Some other ways to help deal with allergies is to limit your exposure to what might be causing your allergies, and washing your hands and clothes after coming inside.

Is it a headache or a migraine ?

Do your headaches last a whole day or even longer? Do they feel like they’re pulsing and in one specific area? Have they ever made you nauseous, sick, or kept you from participating in your daily activities? Well, those aren’t headaches at all; those are migraines. There are several different types of migraines that could be affecting you and over the counter medications may not do the trick. The good news is you can treat your migraines and even prevent them from coming on with prescription medication! Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your migraines today.

Cough and Cold medications for kids

Did you know cough and cold treatments vary in children depending completely on their age? Over the counter products are not considered safe in some children. If the child is less than 4 years old NO medications are recommended to be used for cough and cold, symptoms. In these kids, it is appropriate to use saline drops, a humidifier, warm fluids, and/or honey to combat those symptoms. For ages 4-6 using an over the counter medication is okay ONLY if a pediatrician suggests it. In ages 7 and above, medications are considered safe if the directions are properly followed.

Pneumonia

According to the CDC, around 50,000 people die each year from pneumonia, but only 67% of adults older than 65 have received their pneumonia vaccines.  The main bacteria that causes pneumonia is called Streptococcus Pneumoniae, which is the bacteria the vaccines helping to protect you from.  There are two pneumonia vaccines available, Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23.  The CDC currently recommends that once you are older than 65, you should get Prevnar 13 followed by Pneumovax 23 around 6-12 months later.  They also recommend getting these vaccines if you are susceptible to pneumonia, including patients with diabetes or asthma/COPD.

Pregnancy and vaccines

Many fairly common infections can be very dangerous to babies, both before and after their birth.  To help prevent these diseases, the CDC recommends several vaccinations for pregnant mothers and close family members.  These recommended vaccinations include Rubella and hepatitis B before you get pregnant, and getting a flu and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (TDaP) shot during your third trimester.  Also, family members or anyone else who will be in close contact with the baby should also receive their flu and TDaP shots to help protect the baby.

Welcome Highland Square Pharmacy Customers

Welcome Highland Square Pharmacy customers! If you are looking to for friendly customer
service that meets all of your healthcare needs, Sand Run Pharmacy is the place for you! We
also offer delivery and compounding services. If you would like to transfer your prescriptions
and have the medications filled at our pharmacy, simpy call us at 330-864-2138 with the name
of the medications you would like us to fill and your insurance information; we’ll do the rest for
you! Call us with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you!

Obesity

Recent data shows the rates of obesity in America are at an all-time high, and almost 40% of adults are obese.  Obesity is a very serious disease, as it is associated with increases in heart disease, diabetes, and even death.  To help prevent obesity and lose weight, the CDC recommends getting enough exercise along with a proper diet.  For an average adult, they recommend getting at least 20 minutes of moderate intensity exercise such as fast walking or jogging per day or 150 minutes total per week.  Following these recommendations can help you live a healthier disease-free life! 

Pregnancy and folic acid

When it comes to the health of babies and their mothers after birth, the US ranks very poorly.  Data shows only around 25% of pregnant mothers were taking enough folic acid prior to becoming pregnant.  Folic acid is extremely important for a developing baby, and without enough folic acid the baby may have brain or nervous system problems after birth.  Taking folic acid is recommended in all women who can become pregnant.  Experts recommend getting at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day, which can be found in most prenatal vitamins. Ask a pharmacist if you have any questions!