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May 2017

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Asthma-Medicine Fast Facts for Kids

(And Parents, Too!)

Asthma (az-ma) is a condition that causes people to have trouble getting enough air into their lungs.  An “asthma attack” is when you have trouble catching your breath.  Some common triggers include:

  • Dust in your house
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dirty air outside
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Hard exercise that makes you breathe really fast
  • Some medicines
  • Bad weather
  • Some kinds of food

Even getting really excited, or feeling very mad, sad or scared can cause an asthma attack.

Different kinds of medicine can help.  Sometimes you’ll use an inhaler, a little can of special air you squirt into your mouth as you breathe in.  Some contain “quick help” medicine to use if you are having trouble breathing.  Other inhalers contain medicine that helps keep your asthma under control.

Your doctor can explain more about your medications and how to use them.  Remember: It’s always OK to ask questions! … Continue reading

Poison Control

Talk with Your Family

The best way to prevent poisoning at home is to think about it and take precautions before an emergency occurs.  That includes talking with your family.

  • Never call medicine “candy.” This can be confusing to children.
  • Remind family members that certain everyday products, such as household cleaning solutions, can be poisonous.
  • Explain that some poisons, such as carbon monoxide, cannot be seen or smelled but they are still dangerous.
  • Make sure everyone knows what to do if a poisoning happens: Immediately call the toll-free Poison Help line (800.222.1222), which connects you to your local poison center.

Source:  U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Calcium

This Vital Mineral Helps Strengthen Bones, Teeth

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids).

Approximately 99% of the body’s calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and function.  Bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with calcium being deposited into new bone.  This process is most active in children and teens and it slows with age.

Milk, yogurt and cheese are rich natural sources of calcium and are the major food contributors of calcium to people in the U.S. Non-dairy sources include vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli.  Foods fortified with calcium include many fruit juices, tofu and cereals.

Your doctor can tell you whether you need to take additional calcium in supplement form and, if so, the correct amount.

Source: National Institutes of Health

Can’t Sleep?

Try These Tips

If you have insomnia, developing healthy sleep habits can make a big difference.  These guidelines are especially important for people who can’t fall asleep or stay asleep regularly.

  • Stick to the same bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
  • Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. A power nap may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.
  • Exercise, but not close to bedtime. Exercising can help regulate your body and make you sleep better, but working out too close to bedtime can make it harder to settle into sleep.
  • Create a clean, comfortable, quiet and dark sleep space. Use a sound machine or a fan to block noise from inside or outside… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Grilled Port Skewers
Serves 5

Want to make a simple, delicious recipe for your next barbecue that will wow all of your guests? This is it. The marinade is super easy and the pork will turn out juicy and flavorful. If you don’t have a grill, don’t pass on this recipe. It will work just fine in the oven or on a grill pan on your stove stop.

Pair these with gilled skewered vegetables. Some to try: zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red onion, button mushrooms and bell peppers.

1/3 cup brown sugar

12 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce*

½ medium onion, diced

2 large cloves garlic, chopped

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 (2 pound) boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2 –inch cubes

5 bamboo skewers

Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling so they won’t burn on the grill.… Continue reading

Drug Interactions

Ask the Right Questions and Stay Safe

If you take several different medicines, see more than one doctor or have certain health conditions, you and your doctors need to be aware of all the medicines you take to avoid potential problems, such as drug interactions. Before taking a drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist the following questions:

  • Can I take it with other drugs?
  • Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or other products?
  • What are possible drug-interaction signs I should know about?
  • How will the drug work in my body?
  • Is there more information that you would recommend I read about the drug?

Educate yourself about how to take your medications safely and responsibly. The written information that accompanies your prescription should tell you what the drug is used for and explain possible side effects and potential interactions with other drugs. If you still have questions after reading this information,… Continue reading