August 2019

About That Aspirin . . .
About one in four adults takes a low-dose aspirin every day, thinking it prevents heart disease. Not only does aspirin appear to be unhelpful in this regard, but it also poses a significant risk to the people most likely to make taking the seemingly innocuous little pill a daily habit. So, who should take aspirin regularly and who should be urged to consult with a physician when purchasing a bottle of the low-dose analgesic?  Read more.


These Medications Take the
Fun Out of Sun

With the dog days of August upon us, it’s time to talk about heat. Many OTC and prescription medications increase the risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or severe sunburn, while dehydration can dangerously increase the level of other drugs. Whether your customers are buying common cold and allergy medications or refilling a prescription, a word from you could help them avoid some of the perils of summer. Read more.

The Last Word on Omega-6?
Over the last decade, controversy has raged around the benefits or dangers of omega-6 fatty acids. A major meta-analysis may put the debate to rest just as new clinical research provides insight into the importance of specific polyunsaturated fatty acids in overall health. Together, the data provide valuable guidance for omega-6 fatty acids supplement purchasers and pharmacists alike. Read more.

Patient Teaching Aid:
Smoking Cessation

The physical and psychological addiction caused by nicotine is tough to break. Although quitting is not easy, there are many proven programs to help smokers reach their goal. Most smoking-cessation programs use a combination of education, self-help, and group meetings, as well as nicotine-replacement products or drugs such as bupropion and varenicline, to help relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Read more and view a Patient Teaching Aid video.


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