8 June 2017
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Aging Women: Ways to Stay Healthier

Like a surprise visit from your least favorite relative, aging can bring more than you’d bargained for: a few more wrinkles, a little less stamina, floppy arms, baggy kneecaps…. Sound familiar? Worse, though, are the big health changes that may accompany aging. Many of these you can’t even see. Here are some tips to point […]

13 April 2017
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Seasonal Allergies: Fight Back

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue…. These are just a few of the signs of seasonal allergies—also known as hay fever.1 And get ready: It looks like we may have a real doozy of an allergy season this year.2 Milder winter temperatures in places can cause plants to pollinate early. And a rainier spring leads […]

1 February 2017
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Emotions and Heart Disease

In the past 40 years, cases of heart disease in the U.S. have dropped by 20 percent.1 Now, that’s news worth celebrating! Efforts at prevention, detection, and treatment appear to paying off. For example, Americans’ cholesterol levels keep falling. Researchers think that ditching trans fats from our diets may be one reason why.2 Still, heart […]

28 January 2017
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A New Year—A New You?

Is there a person on the planet that hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution—and then failed to follow through? Setting goals may be the easy part, but turning those goals into results….? Well, we all know how hard that can be. Whether you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, step up your level of exercise, […]

15 December 2016
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Healthy Holidays for You

The holidays may be a source of many special memories, temptations, stress, and oversized expectations. How can you possibly maintain your balance through it all, let alone stay healthy? Check out these 6 tips for a healthier holiday: Disinfect. When you fly or ride a bus or train, use a disinfectant wipe on armrests, tray […]

19 October 2016
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Medicare Part D Plan Review

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment began October 15th and ends December 7th, 2016. Many national drug store chains spend millions of dollars on advertising to attract patients to their pharmacies by promising Rx cost savings that never deliver. Many patients will switch plans without fully understanding their options. Dr. Z’s Pharmacy is offering Medicare Part D […]

19 September 2016
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When Kids’ Allergies Strike in the Fall

School is in session, and just like clockwork your 8-year-old starts sneezing, sniffling, and snorting—not to mention clearing her throat and blowing her nose like there’s no tomorrow. Poor thing! What’s going on? It’s not the season for this! Chances are it IS seasonal allergies, fall allergies. We have featured spring allergies before, and fall […]

13 August 2016
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Back to School Checklist for Health & Safety

It’s just about that time again… Time to switch from swimsuits to school clothes. That’s the easy part. What about preparing your child to have the healthiest and safest school year possible? Well, not as easy, but here’s a handy checklist to help: Schedule medical, eye, and dental checkups. Before school starts, check with the […]

18 July 2016
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Hot Enough For Ya?

Did you know that the number of hot days—and warm nights—is increasing? In the U.S., record high temperatures now outnumber record lows at least two to one.1 Now, that kind of information scares the ber-jeeb-ers out of me. What can you do to protect yourself in a heat wave—or simply in the hot summer sun? Know […]

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7 Screening Tests for Men’s Health

  Are you one of those guys who can’t remember the last time you stepped foot in a doctor’s office? Sure, maybe you’ve gotten in for something urgent, but what about scheduling an annual exam or screening tests? Maybe you simply forget, think you already have healthy habits, or insist that you “feel just fine.” […]

12 April 2016
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7 Screening Tests for Women’s Health

Mother’s Day is approaching us, and we will celebrate our appreciation for the mothers in our lives in a variety of ways. Maybe breakfast in bed, homemade cards, extra hugs….? It’s a wonderful feeling being so well cared for. But how well do you take care of yourself—whether or not you’re a mother? One big piece […]

14 March 2016
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Is It an Allergy—or Is It a Cold?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a cold and a seasonal allergy, also known as hay fever. Here are some signs to look for and ways to find relief. Know the signs.  Both colds and allergies can cause sneezing, stuffiness, or a runny nose. But there are telltale differences between a cold and […]

15 February 2016
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Healthy Heart Habits: Life’s Simple 7

As you started into the new year, did you resolve to have healthier habits? Many people do. But a long-term study found that Americans are not doing as well as they were 20 years ago in maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.1 And that increases their chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease.2 Life’s […]

11 February 2016
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New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Based on the most recent science, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released at the beginning of 2016. Before you say, “here we go again,” let’s take a closer look. The guidelines may sound familiar, but there are some differences from years past.1 Overall guidelines. For the most part, these guidelines don’t advise you […]

1 February 2016
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Fighting Disease with Exercise

It’s certainly not a cure-all. But it’s pretty impressive. Exercise is one of the few things that can help prevent or slow the development of most—if not all—major health problems. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, bone loss—to name a few. Topping things off, exercise can help ease the […]

19 January 2016
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Q&A’s: Medication Safety in Children

Curiosity kills more than the cat…. Did you know that medications are the top cause of poisoning in kids? Together, we can help change that! To get started, here are a few answers to some questions parents commonly ask about medication safety for kids… 1. Where should I store medications? People may call it the “medicine cabinet,” but it’s […]

22 November 2015
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Managing Diabetes Medication

It’s not the kind of club you really want to belong to. Today, nearly half of all American adults have type 2 diabetes or are at risk of getting it.1 If you count yourself among them, you know that managing your diabetes medications is something you can’t afford to ignore. If not well managed, diabetes […]

18 September 2015
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More Options for Cholesterol Control

There’s more than one way to tackle the risk of high cholesterol. That’s a type of fat that can clog up your arteries and block blood flow.1 Check it out. Without being tested you can’t be certain about your risk. Yes, you might be in good company being in the dark: For example, nearly half […]

17 September 2015
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Prescription Drug Pricing

  Did you know that big chain retail pharmacies DO NOT disclose the amount of your insurance’s reimbursement for your prescription drugs to their pharmacy staff? The reasoning behind this secrecy used to be that they did not want the staff to know how much the pharmacy was making.  Today, they don’t want the staff to know how […]

12 September 2015
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5 Healthy Eating Habits for Kids

Every day you see another headline about the obesity epidemic in kids. One of the latest studies shows that obese children face not only long-term risks, but also more immediate ones. They’re more likely to have problems such as asthma, learning disabilities, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).1 Yet kids (and adults) are surrounded—on television, on […]

2 September 2015
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Speeding Recovering from Surgery

A sudden fall. A serious diagnosis. Surgery isn’t always something you can plan for. Even so, you can take steps to make recovery at home a little faster and safer. You just might need to depend on others for extra help. With the benefit of advance planning, of course, do what you can beforethe day […]

17 August 2015
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Top 10 Signs of Hormone Imbalance

  Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance • Endless Fatigue • Mood Swings/Irritability • Weight Gain/Muscle Loss • Brain Fog • Insomnia • Low Sex Drive • Acne • Aching Joints • Night Sweats • Depression

11 August 2015
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5 Common Characteristics of the Drug Abuser

Assertive personality, often demanding immediate action Unusual appearance-extremes of either slovenliness or being over-dressed May demonstrate unusual knowledge of drugs in conversation May exhibit mood disturbances, suicidal thoughts, lack of impulse control, and/or thought disorders Visual signs of drug abuse-inability to maintain eye contact, bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils, skin tracks and related scars on […]

22 July 2015
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5 Important Things to Know About Your Medications

  Here are five questions to determine if you know everything you need to know about your medications.  If you notice yourself answering, “I don’t know…”, contact your pharmacist, or call us at 844-879-6337 and select the option for medication counseling. What is the purpose of the medication? How often should I take it? What should I […]

8 June 2015
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Rasta Gumby Doll

A lot has been made out of the rasta gumby doll, the latest addition to our stuffed toys’ inventory.  I just want to say that we offer a variety of items for purchase at Dr. Z’s Pharmacy, and the rasta gumby doll is in no way meant to represent a political view or religious affiliation. […]

15 May 2015
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Preventing Falls

Whether it simply bruises your ego or breaks a bone, taking a fall is no fun. Each year, one in three seniors 65 and older experiences a fall—a number that has grown in recent years.1 For people in this age group, falling is the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths.1,2 Whether due to concerns […]

30 April 2015
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No Pressure…. But Let’s Lower your Blood Pressure!

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your heart is working overtime. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure not only raises the risk of heart disease. It also increases risks to your arteries, brain, kidneys, and eyes.1 Blood pressure measurements give you two readings: the top number is the pressure in your arteries […]

4 April 2015
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Women and Smoking: Bad News, Worse News

Ladies, you’ve come a long way. But really, now, who wants this kind of progress….? Women who smoke are at much greater risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than they were 20 years ago. In fact, deaths from smoking are at an all-time high among women in the U.S. […]

15 March 2015
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5 Bonus Benefits of Exercise

For as long as you can remember, you’ve been hearing about the benefits of exercise: Weight control, chronic disease management, stronger muscles and bones, to name a few. But the list of exercise benefits just keeps getting longer. If you could package it in a pill, you might have a multi-million dollar product! Maybe these […]

5 March 2015
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Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance in your blood. It increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Many things may put you at risk for high cholesterol. You can’t control some of these risks such as your age, gender, or family history. Fortunately, the list of things you can control is longer: It includes your weight, […]

22 February 2015
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Meeting Medication Challenges as You Age

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 75 percent of people older than 65 have more than one chronic health problem. So, at this stage of life, it’s common to take many different drugs.1  The problem is it can be hard to keep track of more than one drug. And how your body responds to […]

2 February 2015
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Taking Your Meds the Right Way

Medications can make a world of difference—if you take them the right way. Half the time, though, this doesn’t happen, at least when it comes to drugs doctors prescribe for chronic conditions.1 Sometimes people miss doses. Or they might stop refilling the prescription or never get it filled in the first place. Why does this […]

21 January 2015
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Diabetes by the Numbers

Do you pay attention to health news? If so, you may know that the diabetes epidemic is enormous! Nearly 1 in 10. That’s how many people have diabetes in the United States.1 5.4 percent Fortunately, the number of new diabetes cases fell an average of 5.4 percent between 2008 and 2012. Researchers think some of […]

27 December 2014
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Allergy or Oxy Itch?

Most patients who take medications containing oxycodone such as Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet, OxyContin, and Roxicodone experience some skin discomfort, sometimes accompanied by itching or a rash.  This effect is so predictable that anyone prescribed oxycodone or similar opiate or opioid drug products ought to be warned out the gate.  The question I am often asked […]

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A Whole Lotta Diabetes Pills

If you or someone you love has diabetes, you know how important it is to manage it well. What happens if you don’t? You’re at risk for serious complications that can affect your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves—to name a few.1  Some people can manage diabetes with meal planning, weight loss, and exercise alone. Others […]

24 December 2014
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Popping Pills, Smoking Weed… Yikes!

A recent article in Pharmacy Times examined the effect of prescription drug and marijuana use on the body.  The findings mostly emphasize drug interactions that result in higher concentrations of marijuana or its metabolites, resulting in stronger effects of marijuana.  There are at least two instances where marijuana use may reduce the effectiveness of a concurrent […]