It’s Summertime: June/July 2014
Understanding Your Prescription
- prn is Latin for take "as needed"
- qid is Latin for "quater in die" which means 4 times a day
- ac is Latin for “ante cibum” which means before meals
- Your prescription also includes the name and strength of drug to be supplied
- Different brands of the same medication must meet the same high quality standards. On the rare occasion that a patient has a problem with one brand of medication, his/her doctor may want to prescribe a different brand. In order to do this the doctor must write "No substitution" on the prescription.
Your prescription at Walmart
A recipe for wellness
The five S’s of sunshine
- Slip on sun-protective clothing
- Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen) TIP: Apply early, reapply often, i.e., 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and then reapply every 2 hours and again after swimming
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
Create your own summer travel kit
- Antihistamines for allergic reactions
- Bug spray to prevent bites
- Hydrocortisone cream for rashes, bug bites or poison ivy
- Sunscreen to prevent sunburns
- Aloe vera gel or lidocaine to soothe sunburns
- Cold & flu medications (decongestants, lozenges)
- Antiseptic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Tweezers and a sterile needle for splinters
- Instant ice packs
- Saline solution to wash out eyes
- Dimenhydrinate (Gravol®) for motion sickness
- Over-the-counter pain medications
Bug bites, bee stings
In Canada, few types of insects carry venom or poison. In those that do, the venom isn’t usually dangerous. However, some people have allergic reactions to insect bites or stings.
Allergic reactions can range from a mild local reaction to a severe reaction that can affect breathing.
If you or your children are allergic to bees or other insects, don’t forget your epinephrine auto-injector! Always keep it handy, e.g., keep one at the cottage and one with you while travelling.
- Drink lots of fluids
- Consider oral rehydration solutions as well
Where do you feel the cramping?
- Generalized, not focused in one area
- Centre abdomen
- Lower abdomen (general)
- Lower right abdomen
- Lower left abdomen
- Upper abdomen (general)
- Upper right abdomen
- Upper left abdomen
What does it feel like?
- Discomfort or dull aches
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Tightening sensation
- Knotting sensation
- Churning sensation
- Spasms sensation
- Gnawing sensation
- Stabbing pain
‘Tis the season for... sun care
- SPF 15 blocks out 93% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 blocks out 97%
- SPF 50 blocks out 98%
Everyone over the age of six months should wear sunscreen. Babies under six months should be wear protective clothing and be kept in the shade.
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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