Substantial benefits from quitting smoking can be realized at any age. It is never too late to quit to achieve many of the associated health benefits. Some of these health benefits are incurred shortly after quitting, while others are incurred over time. In fact, only 24 hours after quitting smoking your risk for having a heart attack decreases and the numerous health benefits just keep increasing the longer you abstain from smoking. There are many different options for patients wanting to quit smoking including several over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement...more
Nice weather is here, and that calls for a lot of outdoor activities and many hours spent running under the blazing sun. With fun, we can easily forget to hydrate our bodies.
Remember that the human body is made of about 60% of water for men and 55% for women. Without water, we would not be able to survive. Dehydration occurs when there is more water leaving our body than entering it due to inadequate water intake.
Water in our body is continually being lost throughout the day as we breathe, sweat, urinate, and defecate. Thus, most occurrences of...more
The words “opioids” and “Narcan” have been used frequently by media outlets and medical professionals in the last few years. These terms have developed a negative connotation that may even scare people. “Why is my doctor prescribing me this dangerous opioid narcotic?” “I don’t abuse my meds, why do I need Narcan?” This article will clarify all of the misunderstandings surrounding opioids and their reversal agent, Narcan (naloxone).
What is an opioid?
Opioids are a class of pain relievers that are usually used for medical purposes but...more
As the weather gets nicer and we spend more time outside, we are more susceptible to finding ticks on our skin and in our hair. Ticks can be found in any grassy or wooded area, so it is important we protect ourselves before going in these areas. It is also important to check our bodies for ticks after being outside.
The best thing we can do is prevent tick bites by wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeves, closed-toed shoes, and hats. Applying permethrin 0.5% to clothes can also be used for protection. Other insect repellents can be used on the skin. After coming inside, do...more
What it means to be a .pharmacy?
You cannot trust a pharmacy because their website looks legitimate. Only 4% ¹ of pharmacies online are truly safe to use for consumers.
Below are just a few of the risks you take when using an unverified website:
Receiving pills that contain such fillers as drywall and rat poison
Having your financial and other personal information stolen
Having your email inbox flooded with spam that could infect your home computer with viruses
What is a drug recall
Drug recalls can be a result of many different circumstances. After a medication is approved by the FDA to be manufactured and used by consumers, it is continuously monitored to ensure safety. All medications are required to prove they are safe before approval; however, the studies are often not big enough to collect all potential side effects. As a result of this, there are sometimes unintentional adverse effects that are discovered after a medication is being prescribed. This is not the only reason that a medication may be recalled. Reasons...more
A tiny bite can make you itch, make you sneeze, make you twitch.
Sound familiar? This unique phrase comes directly from the 1995 movie, Jumanji, in which these nasty winged creatures caused all sorts of havoc in the fictional town of Brantford, New Hampshire.
OK, so perhaps these movie counterparts were a bit exaggerated in size, but no matter their size, they are still considered the deadliest creature on the planet due to the deadly diseases they can carry. It should be noted that only female mosquitoes only have the capability to bite humans and animals alike and...more
Cholesterol is the fat-like substance that is in your blood. Your body needs the cholesterol to survive and maintain its energy, but too much cholesterol can cause plaques to build up and limit blood flow to vital organs. You may ask, “How do I make sure my cholesterol doesn’t form those plaques?” and that is not something you can feel; however, you can get your cholesterol levels measured at your doctor’s office by a quick blood draw. You can also contact your local NuCara pharmacy to see if they provide cholesterol screenings and consultations.
There are other ways...more
Tips for Outdoor activities
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing to shield skin
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPH 15 to protect exposed skin
- Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off
There are many benefits to sunlight and being outdoors such as preventing the development of obesity and in limited quantities, it helps us with vitamin D production. Unlike plants,...more