A New Year, A New Start: Jan. 2015

The new year is a good time for a healthy new start. Read on to learn more about medication reviews, heartburn and how to relieve it, quitting smoking, and tips on beating the winter sniffles & dry skin.

The Walmart Pharmacist discusses meds reviews

The New Year is a perfect time to schedule a medication review. This allows you to meet one-on-one with the Pharmacist at Walmart and:

  • Discuss the medications you are taking and why you are taking them
  • Learn more about how the medications are meant to help you, how they work together, and how to take them correctly
  • Get tips on remembering to take your medications when you’re supposed to
  • Get answers to any questions or issues you may have with your medications
You’ll get a list of all your medications to take home and keep with you, just in case you ever need to tell a doctor or nurse about the medications you take.
A medication review helps you get to know your medications better. That knowledge will help keep you safe - and may help to improve your health!
Book your medication review at the Walmart Pharmacy today!

Extra services at your Walmart Pharmacy

Visit today and:
  • Schedule a medication review
  • Get an up-to-date list of medications to keep in your wallet or purse
  • Get help quitting smoking
  • Book a diabetes consultation
  • Take your blood pressure
  • Pick up free health brochures & booklets
Did you know that January 19 to January 25 is National Non-Smoking Week?

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Your Walmart Pharmacist discusses heartburn

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in your chest or throat, usually after eating. It’s caused when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
If you have heartburn more than twice a week, it could be a sign of a more serious condition called GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD happens when the valve that stops stomach acid from backing into your esophagus doesn’t work as well. You may have heartburn, regurgitation of food, and an acid taste in your mouth.
The burning question: what can you do about this?
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • If you’re overweight, try to lose some weight. Avoid high-fat meals.
  • Keep a food diary and avoid foods that give you heartburn.
  • Don’t nap after eating – lying down can make your heartburn worse.
  • Raise the head of your bed a few inches, or use a wedge pillow.
  • Talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart about over-the-counter and prescription options to manage heartburn or GERD, including a new class of non-prescription medications.

Five fast facts about heartburn and GERD

  1. Roughly ¼ of Canadians have heartburn at least once a day.
  2. More than 50% of pregnant women will get heartburn.
  3. GERD costs the Canadian economy $21 billion every year by people who can’t go to work.
  4. 2 in 5 people with GERD have trouble sleeping.
  5. The average Canadian waits over 2 years with symptoms of acid-related disease before talking to their doctor.

Still suffering from frequent heartburn?

Take the PASS test - you may need a change in therapy

  1. Are you still experiencing stomach symptoms? 

Yes  No

  1. In addition to your routine medication, are you taking any of the following medications to control your symptoms: antacids, H2 receptor blockers (e.g., Zantac® or Pepcid®), motility drugs or others?

Yes  No

  1. Is your sleep affected by your stomach symptoms?

Yes  No

  1. Are your eating and drinking habits affected by your stomach symptoms?

Yes  No

  1. At any time, do your stomach symptoms interfere with your daily activities?

Yes  No

Once you’ve completed your test, share it with the Pharmacist at Walmart to talk about treatment options.
Zantac and Pepcid are registered trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Fight winter itch

Dermatitis (sometimes called eczema) is a condition where the skin becomes red, itchy or swollen. The most common triggers are things that irritate the skin, such as soap, itching, dust, chlorine, pets or cigarette smoke. Eczema often flares up in the winter, when cold, dry air can further irritate your skin.
Your first defence is to bathe or shower frequently using lukewarm water. Use a gentle body wash and follow up with a rich moisturizer to help seal moisture in the skin.
  • Moisturize your skin several times daily, even when you do not have a flare-up.
  • Choose a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic, perfume-free and specifically formulated for eczema.
  • Avoid triggers that cause your eczema to get worse.
  • Your doctor may suggest a hydrocortisone cream for more severe cases.

Beat the sniffles

Winter can also cause problems for your nose. Cold, dry winds outside (and dry indoor air from heaters and furnaces) can dry out your nasal passages. This makes them irritated and sensitive, and can increase the risk of nose bleeds. But you can fight back against winter with these nose care tips:
  • Keep the air around you moist, with a humidifier.
  • Avoid irritants.
  • Keep your nose clean and moist. The Pharmacist at Walmart can recommend a nasal spray or rinse that’s right for you.

Are you ready to be smoke-free?

If you have been thinking about quitting smoking, consider the following questions:
  1. How can quitting smoking change your life?
  2. What would motivate you to quit?
  3. What help would you need to get to where you want to be?
  4. Where can you find help if you need it?
  5. What personality traits do you have that will help you quit?
  6. How can you keep yourself focused?
  7. If you could give advice to a new smoker, what would you tell them?
  8. If you gained years of life from quitting, how would you spend them?
  9. Who would you spend them with?
If you’re not ready today, that’s okay. But think about your answers and review them again in a few weeks’ time. When you are ready, talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart for help with quitting.

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart has helpful, healthy advice for you in the new year... and throughout the year. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.


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