Today is Sarah Living's last day with us. Next week we will have another student from Uconn. It has been wonderful having a student, not only has she written informative blogs for us, she helped us start an adherence program, counsel patients, take a few blood pressure readings, but for her last project she created an overview board on supplements, minerals and vitamins. The picture below is small, we do have it on display in our vitamin section.
She has one more rotation before she graduates from Uconn in May with her Pharm-D. She will be a great pharmacist!
Come see the Sisterhood from Granby Pharmacy compete in the Granbee! It's on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the GMHS Auditorium. This is the ninth year and Granby Pharmacy has had a team every year.
The Bee is one of the main friend-raiser/fundraiser events for the year for the Granby Education Foundation.
This event wouldn’t happen without your support.
The Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports educational opportunities in Granby by funding public and private educational initiatives.
The Gran-Bee helps us raise funds for our community grants program that supports creative educational programs throughout our community.
Cold packs or ice should be used on fresh injuries within the first two to three days, but may be used for flare-ups of chronic conditions. Cold therapy has the following benefits:
The benefits of heat therapy include:
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Many sports injuries can be treated safely at home using the P.R.I.C.E. principle and should be used for the first 48-72 hours immediately after the injury to help control the amount of swelling, prevent further injury and reduce pain. The acronym stands for
Rest. Allow the body's own healing processes to naturally occur without being impeded by movement of the injured area. Any increase in movement of an injured tissue results in increased circulation to the area which can lead to further damage to the injured tissue and/or increased swelling.
Ice. Ice or ice packs should be placed on the injury. A light cloth barrier should be placed between the skin and the ice bag to prevent injury to the skin and can be secured with an elastic bandage. The ice should be applied for 15 minutes at a time and can be repeated several times a day.
Compression. When the ice pack is removed, a compression or elastic wrap should be applied to the injured area. It serves as a mechanical barrier so that swelling is minimized in the injured area.
Elevation. Elevation is important immediately following an injury to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. The injured area should be above the heart level.
Pharmacists often encounter patients seeking guidance in selecting non-prescription products for the management and treatment of minor wounds and burns. Read the entire article from the Pharmacy Times here.
Garlic has been studied in individuals with heart disease and found to be effective. Some clinical trials have demonstrated it can help prevent the build-up of plaques due to high cholesterol. It is thought garlic does this the same way a statin does; by preventing the body from making cholesterol. There have also been trials that have shown garlic can help lower an individual’s blood pressure. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin and a supplement’s allicin content can vary widely from product to product and even between different lots of the same product. This makes recommending an effective dose difficult to determine. Based on research to treat high cholesterol a dose of 600-1200 mg daily in three divided doses is recommended. The dose for lowing blood pressure is 600-900 mg daily. Four grams of fresh garlic to treat both hypertension and high cholesterol has also been used.
Common side effects are often associated with stomach upset. Individuals may be experience breath and body odor, a burning feeling in the mouth or throat, heartburn, gas, nausea and vomiting. Garlic can also increase the risk of bleeding so caution should be used when starting garlic in patients on blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) and antiplatelet drugs such as Plavix (clopidogrel) and aspirin.
In addition to interactions with blood thinners and antiplatelet medications, garlic should be avoided in patients taking isoniazid which is used to treat tuberculosis. It should also be avoided with certain HIV/AIDs medications including Sustiva (efavirenz), Rescriptor (delavirdine), Viramune (nevirapine) and Invirase (saquinavir). Some evidence also suggests that garlic supplements can decrease the effectiveness of cyclosporine and birth control. These drug interactions are not usually a problem with the amount of garlic found in the average individual’s diet but they do become problematic when being taken on a daily basis at the concentrations found in these supplements.
By Sarah Livings
Red yeast rice is an herbal supplement used instead of statins to lower cholesterol. The active ingredients in red yeast rice are mevinic acids. Mevinic acids act like statins by stopping the body’s ability to make cholesterol. One of the mevinic acids in red yeast rice is lovastatin, a statin available by prescription. There is no standard dose for red yeast rice; it varies widely from product to product.
Since red yeast rice contains statins the same side effects and interactions can occur. They include muscle pain or weakness. Although rare, it can also cause liver toxicity. Also similar to lovastatin, atorvastatin and simvastatin red yeast rice can interact with grapefruit juice. This can lead to higher levels of the drug in the body. For this to happen more than a quart of grapefruit juice must be consumed daily. Since red yeast rice contains statins it should be avoided in individuals already on a prescription statin. Combining them would increase the risk of side effects.
Unlike statins, red yeast rice therapy is not monitored by a physician. As a result adverse events may take longer to identify and treat. If you are considering using red yeast rice to lower your cholesterol, be sure to discuss this decision with your pharmacist or doctor so the best choice for your therapy can be made.
Blog by Sarah Livings
For additional information on red yeast rice visit Red Yeast Rice Extract Elite
Yesterday, we set up another new section of products in the store. We now have health and beauty "As Seen on TV" products. There are nail clippers with magnifiers, foot products, razors, sound amplifiers, hair products, and much more. Come check it out!
We now have two sections of products specifically related to Diabetics and Heart Health. In these sections you will find sugar free cough drops, vitamins, over the counter products, and equipment.
Please come in and visit. Our pharmacists and intern would be happy to answer your questions about these products.