• 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Disposal of unneeded medicine keeps everyone safe!
      Saturday, April 30, 2022, is National Drug Take-Back Day. Seems like there’s a National Day for just about every activity, doesn’t it? But honestly, every person who takes any kind of medicine should pay attention. Drug disposal …
  • Another New Pneumonia Vaccine? Nope. Two.
    Pneumonia vaccines have been in use for years. And they’re very effective at preventing serious illness in people of all ages. But just when we think we’re on top of the best way to vaccinate, experts find new information and change the …
  • B-Complex Vitamins and Nerve Pain
    Nerve pain, especially in the legs, feet, and hands, is common among adults in the United States. Also called peripheral neuropathy, it affects up to 30% of adults, and nearly 10% of those over age 65. There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, …
  • The Importance of Calcium and Vitamin D for Bone Strength
    Calcium and vitamin D are essential for maintaining bone strength. From children all the way on up to the elderly, these vitamins and minerals are important for health. But I’ve found that there’s a fair amount of misunderstanding about …
  • Grapefruit and Drug Interactions
    Are you one of the many people who count grapefruit as one of your favorite fruits or juices? If so, you may have been disappointed if you were told to avoid it because of a medication. It’s even worse if you learn you’ll need to take …
  • Improving Doctor-Patient Communication
    As a pharmacist, I love helping my patients understand more about how their medications work, how they improve health, and which ones might not be needed anymore. While every patient brings different questions and health concerns to our discussion, …
  • (no title) Post ID 3825
    Well, here comes 2022! A lot has changed over the past two years. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that lots was changing even before that. But the changes really accelerated in early 2020 and, for many of us, life feels …
  • Joy and Gratitude at Thanksgiving
    I try to live a life of gratitude. Can’t pretend I’m always successful at it, but I do tend to be more of an optimist than a pessimist. I think that means I’m more often grateful for what I have than upset about what I don’t …
  • Covid Vaccines for Immunocompromise — Additional Dose or Booster Dose?
    Somehow, the terms “additional dose” and “booster dose” for Covid-19 vaccines have become interchangeable. I heard an expert from CDC say on a national webinar that they were only using the term “booster” to refer …
  • Take Advantage of Marketplace and Medicare Open Enrollment!
    Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace both have an annual open enrollment period. They usually run at about the same time, though with slightly different start and end dates. This year, the Medicare open enrollment period started last week. …
  • Not Eligible for a Covid Booster Shot? Here’s Why!
    In our last blog post, we explained the newest CDC guidelines for Covid-19 booster shots. Just a quick recap – it is only for those who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and only certain groups of people were made eligible. Since then, …
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters — Do You Need One?
    Are you paying attention to the news but still unclear about today’s recommendations for the Covid-19 vaccine? If so, you’re not alone. We’ve heard about meetings of special committees, meetings of FDA and CDC, and still sometimes …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …