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It is Hurricane season again!!

It is important to take some preventive steps to ensure uninterrupted access to prescription medications that you or a family member require.

The National Hurricane Centrer is an excellent resource for information on hurricane readiness and has numerous fact sheets available.  The  Centers for Disease Control also have an excellent article on health considerations before, during, and after a storm.

We at  Your Canada Drug Store hope for the best for our patients that we have in the areas threatened by severe damage from Hurricanes . Some quick preparation tips that we recommend you take to ensure your access to your prescriptions are not threatened in the coming days:

  • Have an up to date medication list that provide exact names, dosages, and other pertinent information on all medications that you and your loved ones are currently taking.
  • Have an emergency list of physicians and medications ready to go if you need to be evacuated.
  • Put your medication in a watertight bag to protect it from damage.  Try to protect it from extreme weather conditions
  • Check immunization histories. Tetanus is common during disasters due to unsanitary conditions and influenza risk goes up due to close quarters.

If you need a refill or a prescription transferred quickly, we at YCDSCC.com are more than willing to make that happen and make sure you have the medication you need.

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I missed my OCP, what do I do?

How to manage missed doses of combined hormonal oral contraceptive pill.

According to reports up to half of women don’t take combination Oral Contraceptives regularly…and many don’t know what to do when a dose is missed.   The most risky time to miss a pill is at the beginning or end of a 21-day cycle. It is like extending the hormone-free interval beyond seven days…increasing the risk of ovulation and unintended pregnancy.

What to do is largely dependent on when the dose was missed.

Missed 1-2 pills in WEEK ONE

If one or two pills are missed take one pill as soon as possible and then continuing the pack. It is okay if this means taking two pills in one day.   It is recommended that you use backup contraception for 7 days.

 Missed 1-2 pills in WEEK Two to Three

If one or two pills are missed take one pill as soon as possible and then continuing the current pack. It is okay if this means taking two pills in one day. Skip the placebo pills and go straight to a new pack without the usual hormone-free interval. No backup is usually needed.

Missed 3 pills in WEEK Two to Three

If three pills are missed take one pill as soon as possible and then continuing the current pack. It is okay if this means taking two pills in one day. Skip the placebo pills and go straight to a new pack without the usual hormone-free interval. It is recommended you use backup contraception for 7 days.

 

Useful Links

Online Tool for Missed Doses:  https://www.sexandu.ca/contraception/stay-on-schedule

CDC Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/pdf/248124_fig_2_3_4_final_tag508.pdf

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October 5, 2018

Fall Allergies

Get Ready for Fall Allergies

It’s fall, and the blooms of summer have faded. So how come you’re still sneezing? Allergies? Fall allergy triggers are different, but they can cause just as many symptoms as in spring and summer.

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the public is allergic to ragweed, the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies. Thanks to global warming, studies are finding that ragweed season is lasting as much as 15 days longer in some regions of the country. Even if it doesn’t grow where you live, ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind. For some people who are allergic to ragweed, certain fruits and vegetables, including bananas, melon, and zucchini, can also cause symptoms.

Rain, which washes pollen out of the air and so is generally welcomed by ragweed allergy sufferers, leads to the proliferation of mold, another seasonal allergy trigger.

Get tested. Colds and hay fever cause similar symptoms. The big difference, according to health experts, is a matter of duration. As a rule of thumb, if symptoms persist for several weeks, it’s likely an allergy. Your doctor can give you a skin test to confirm that you have allergies and find out which allergens you need to avoid.

Tips to Manage Symptoms

Stay indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (usually in the late morning or midday). Check pollen counts in your area. Your local weather report will usually include them.

Use a face mask when you are outside, especially between 5 and 10 a.m. and on windy days.

Keep your windows closed and turn on the air conditioner.

Before you turn on your heat for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter. Bits of mold and other allergens  get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as  the furnace is fired up.

Dry your clothes inside in the dryer instead of hanging clothes outside.

Have decaying leaves removed from your yard and gutters.

If you rake leaves in the fall, wear a face mask.

Use a HEPA filter in your heating system to remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air.

Treat Symptoms

Treat symptoms with medications. Nasal symptoms are typically treated with an over-the-counter non-drowsy oral antihistamine or a steroid nasal spray such as Nasonex or Nasacort.

At Your Canada Drug Store, we have low priced antihistamines and decongestants in both over-the-counter forms, as well as prescription products for those of you who suffer from more serious allergies. Contact us today to discuss with our pharmacists how you can handle  fall allergies .

 

Allergies

Interactions with Grapefruit

“Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice,” is a common warning from pharmacists and doctors to their patients, but a recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is warning that because of new chemical formulations, the number of prescription drugs that have harmful interactions with grapefruit have more than doubled since 2008.

The study notes that people over 45 are at the highest risk for two reasons: they’re the highest consumers of grapefruit juice and they’re more likely to be taking medications for a range of illnesses.

The reason mixing grapefruit and prescription medication can have adverse affects is because of a chemical called furanocoumarin. It acts like an enzyme in the stomach and can change the potency of medication and how it works. A small amount even ingested hours before taking the medications, can increase the amount of the drug metabolized, which is like taking many doses at once and can lead to the same reaction the body would have if it was overdosing on a drug.

Limes and some oranges also contain furanocoumarin.
According to the report, drugs that can interact with grapefruit include:

It’s important to be aware of food and drink interactions with your prescription medication. Always talk to your doctor, or pharmacist if you ever have any questions about any of your prescriptions. Our team here at YCDSCC.com is here to help. It’s not just grapefruit that reacts with some medication. Even milk can change how certain drugs work.
Always be aware of each of the drugs you are taking and how they work. A little knowledge can go a long way to making sure that your health is looked after.

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