Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Medicine…… So many of us take it. 70% of Americans take at least one medication, and 20% of us take five or more. The older we get, the more likely we are to have health problems and need medicine to treat them. Medications are the mainstay of treatment for chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. That’s because so much research shows they work well to keep people with health

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Insomnia – a common problem

Insomnia – a common problem

It’s been three years since this article was originally posted. But one of the most common problems patients still ask me about is difficulty sleeping. It was time to pull this article out, update it, and repost it. Ruby, the lab in the photos, isn’t with us any more. But she set a great example of what it’s like to sleep soundly, and to be alert when you’d rather be

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National Immunization Awareness Month is Upon Us!

National Immunization Awareness Month is Upon Us!

Actually, National Immunization Awareness month (August) is almost over already! But it’s still a great time to talk about the importance of routine adult vaccinations. We’ve all been focused on Covid-19 vaccines in the past several months. You may find the changing recommendations for Covid-19 vaccines confusing or even alarming. But did you know that recommendations for all vaccines change occasionally? Vaccine experts continually collect and analyze data on preventable infections,

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Blood Pressure: Knowing Your Numbers and Goals

Blood Pressure: Knowing Your Numbers and Goals

Greetings, everybody! I am glad to be back after a lengthy absence, and I hope this article finds you well. The topic for this article is blood pressure. Now, I’m confident that most of us have heard about blood pressure. However, how many people know their goal blood pressure, and why it is important to have your blood pressure controlled? I hope to provide answers to clarify some of these

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Statins for Cholesterol — Friend or Foe?

Statins for Cholesterol — Friend or Foe?

As a Medication Management pharmacist, I often get questions about statin drugs for high cholesterol. Many people have heard negative things about statins, and are reluctant to take them. That’s understandable – no one wants to take a medicine that causes more harm than benefit. But I’ve learned that many haven’t explored BOTH the risks and benefits with their doctor or pharmacist.  If you’re faced with the decision about whether

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