• Medication Management – A Guide for Patients
    Medicine…… So many of us find ourselves taking medicine. Almost three-quarters 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 medications …
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    Medication Adherence is Important to Your Health
    This is the third post in our 2024 series on Medication Management. Medication Management includes all the things you and your healthcare team do to help you get the best health outcomes from your medications. These first posts are all about your …
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    Is Your Medication List Up-to-Date?
    This is the second post in a series about Medication Management, DIY style. Many of you know that Better My Meds is a pharmacy practice that focuses on Medication Management. But what we do is just a piece of the pie.  You also have a role in …
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    Managing your Medications and Health in the New Year
    Happy New Year! You’re likely reading this post (and hopefully other posts on this website!) because you want to be as healthy as possible. BetterMyMeds is dedicated to helping you do that by providing what pharmacists call “Medication …
  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Thanks to You, the Friends of Better My Meds
    I’ve been hearing lots of people (including myself) say it feels crazy that It’s nearly the end of November already. Somehow this year seems to have flown by. And now Thanksgiving is upon us. So instead of talking about a health-related topic, I’m …
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    Time to Review Your Medicare Prescription Coverage!
    It’s the annual open enrollment season for Medicare once again! Open enrollment started October 15th and runs through December 7th. This is a perfect opportunity to think carefully about whether your prescription coverage still meets your needs. …
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    Stress Reduction, Relaxation, and Adventure in the Northeast US!
    Better My Meds is all about using non-medication strategies (along with meds, of course, when needed) to prevent and treat chronic health problems. Taking time off for relaxation and stress reduction is one of those strategies. That, plus you …
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    Saw Palmetto For Prostate Health
    Saw Palmetto is a dietary supplement that’s been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy. It’s most typically used to treat urinary symptoms due to prostate gland enlargement in men. In this post we’ll look at the potential health benefits …
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    Coenzyme Q10 Keeps Our Bodies Running Smoothly
     Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a popular dietary supplement. It’s been studied as a preventative or treatment for many health problems. But CoQ10 is already being made in our bodies every day, and is present in just about every cell. So what is …
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    Magnesium – A Mineral We Can’t Do Without
    Magnesium is a mineral that’s been getting a lot more attention in recent years. If you subscribe to any health newsletters you may have seen an article or two about it. But if not, the idea that we should wonder if we’re getting enough of it …
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    The Aromatherapy of Springtime
    Just walking by the lilac tree in our yard today brought a smile to my face. Oh, the fragrance of a lilac tree in bloom! And so many other flowering trees and shrubs in bloom. Sometimes a slight breeze can bring a pleasant odor and you’re not …
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    Caring For a Loved One
    Many of us will find ourselves caring for a family member or friend at some point in our lives. Some of us have already been there, some are there now. Most of us want to help our family members stay independent, happy, and healthy for as long as …
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    Fish Oil and Essential Fatty Acids
    Fish oil supplements are popular. In fact, a survey published just last year by Consumer Labs showed that over half of Americans who use at least one dietary supplement take fish oil. You may be one of them, or maybe you’re wondering if you should …
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    Penicillin Allergy: A Label That Can Affect Your Health
    It’s likely that many of you who are reading this post have a penicillin allergy written in your medical record. As a matter of fact, about one in ten patients in the US report having a penicillin allergy. In my own experience as a pharmacist, …
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    Do I Really Need All These Meds?
    That’s one of the most common questions I hear. Sometimes people say it jokingly, as if they believe there’s no going back. Other times people say it out of frustration — they’re tired of getting prescriptions filled over and …
  • Here Comes 2023!
    I’m filled with gratitude as I write this last blog post of 2022. It’s been a busy year for Better My Meds — just look how long it’s been since I’ve had time to publish a blog post (September!)..There’ve been joys …
  • Atrial Fibrillation – What You Need to Know
    Atrial fibrillation (AF, or afib) affects nearly 10% of adults over 65 and more than 15% of those over 70. It sometimes goes unnoticed, but noticed or not, it can be life-threatening. AF usually requires treatment with medications, so I’m …
  • The Latest Evidence Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines, Including the New Vaccines
    Greetings, everybody! You may recognize some of the information in this post. Don’t worry, you’re not having deja-vu. At the time of the original posting of this article, it did contain the latest information. However, as expected, the …
  • Physical Activity Can Limit Your Need for Medications
    Many patients come to Better My Meds for help because they don’t want to take so many medications. It’s true that many common health problems like osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and others are usually treated with …
  • Disposal of Unneeded Meds – Liquids and Other Hard-to-Dispose-of Items
    We’ve talked in previous posts about safe and secure disposal of medications. Why it’s important, and how and where it can be done. Several BetterMyMeds readers and event participants have pointed out that it can be tough to dispose of …
  • Collagen Supplements — the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between
    Somehow I missed the collagen boat. Collagen supplements have become more and more popular over recent years, but it’s only the last couple of months that I’ve had questions about them from readers. They’re marketed to do …
  • Is Your Home Blood Pressure Monitor Reliable?
    Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Many monitor their blood pressure at home. If you use a home blood pressure (HBP) monitor, you’re already doing a great job taking care of your health. But are you sure your …