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Millions Skip Taking Medications Due to High Cost

Medications do not work if you do not take them. Some people forget to take them or do not take them because of side effects.  A survey conducted  by NCHS researchers Robin A. Cohen and Maria A. Villarroel, found that about 8% of adult Americans don’t take their medicines as prescribed because they can’t afford them.

The Huff Post reported nearly 25 percent of uninsured people didn’t take their prescription drugs as recommended in 2011, compared to about 19 percent of privately-insured people and 15 percent of those on Medicaid.  Compared to wealthier Americans, poor and near-poor Americans were twice as likely to skip out on their medication in order to save money.

Drug prices are cheaper in Canada, where an independent quasi-judicial body is supposed to ensure that pharmaceutical companies do not charge excessive prices.

We at Your Canada Drug Store have a goal to provide customers with access to affordable, safe and quality medications.  You should not have to juggle your health with your daily living costs.

We only offer medications from Canada and the UK. (not the EU, but UK only) so you can always be sure of what you will be getting.  We also offer tips on how to save money, by recommending high quality generics, discussing medications that can be safely cut in half in order to save money, educating you on other alternative drugs that that you can discuss with your doctor that are cheaper.

A pharmacist is always available to talk to you at Your Canada Drugs Store Customer Care. Visit us at ycdscc.com

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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 .

 

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