Prescription

Take Your Medication

If you’re anything like me, you become a little leery when you’re prescribed a new medication. What are the side effects, and the long term consequences of this medication? Are these consequences worth the foreseeable benefits? Is it even the right medication for your unique condition? Is it worth the financial cost, or is it covered by your insurance? These are all common questions, especially for those of us who aren’t use to taking prescription medications on a regular basis.

There is a lot that goes into making sure you get the most out of your prescribed medication. First, and most obviously, getting your prescription actually filled is step one, taking your medication on time, and then making sure you have a good understanding of the directions you’ve been given. It’s important to ask your healthcare provider the correct questions and honestly voice your reasons for hesitation. Often times when we choose to take our medication choices into our own hands without consulting our doctor, we wind up adding greater complications to our illness and in turn, create for ourselves a lower quality of life.

As intimidating as a new medication can appear, it’s vital that you communicate with your health care provider, and do everything you can to reach a mutual agreement on a plan that works both for your lifestyle and your condition, which supports medication adherence. The statistics speak for themselves, medication non-adherence has been found to lead to nearly 20% of preventable adverse drug events in the community setting, and 25% of premature nursing home admissions. Not only that, but it can easily lead to the progression of diseases that would otherwise be preventable, extra doctors visits, and the possibility of premature death.

If you don’t know where to start, or how to keep yourself on track with your medication, here are a few tips from us to you:

Organize– Pick up a pill organizer from your local pharmacy to eliminate any missed or doubled doses.

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Ask– Make sure you are taking the best medication for you by doing research on your own, and then taking any questions you have to your trusted physician.

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Record– If you feel like you are experiencing adverse reactions or side effects to your new medication, write them down as they come up so that you can accurately consult your doctor.

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Remind– Set a reminder on your phone or clock to take your medication at the designated time each day.

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Accountability– Talk about your medication use with the people closest to you. Let your significant other, your care giver, or your house mates know about your medication and ask someone you trust to check in with you regularly.

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re:iimmune®– Ultimately, most medications do in fact take some type of toll on your body’s hydration and intestinal health. Make sure you pair a daily dose of re:iimmune® with your new medication to help ease any possible side effects. Between the ginger for nausea reduction, zinc for immune boosting strength, pre and probiotic blend for intestinal health, and the Clinical Strength hydration formula, you’re sure to feel better, better!

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Tried and True Health Tips to Get Better, Better!

You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.

  • Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride wheneat for health, stay healthy with re:iimmune we reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.

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  • Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!

 

  • Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.

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At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!

Get to Know Your Pharmacist

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In this fast paced, instant gratification society, we often times don’t get to know the people we interact with on a daily basis beyond a cordial greeting. Perhaps you make light banter with your regular barista, and wave as you pass your neighbors car while pulling into your respective garages, but how well do you know the people you come in contact with regularly? I believe we all still make it a priority to get to know our doctors, being as they care for one of the things we hold most dearly- our health, but there is someone else who also plays a very critical role within our personal healthcare journey- our pharmacist.

 

These days, our pharmacy options are endless. In most city’s there seems to be a pharmacy on the corner of every block. Whether you choose to visit your local pharmacy, a chain drugstore with a handy drive through, or the pharmacy nestled within your favorite grocery store; it’s important that you pick a pharmacy that works best for your routine, and a pharmacist that you trust. It’s crucial to use one pharmacy consistently in order for your pharmacist to stay up to date with your medication history, while also checking for crossed signals or possible contraindications.

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Getting to know your pharmacist, and letting them get to know you, are really important steps to take in your health care regime. If you have multiple doctors or specialists that you see, as most of us do, (General Physician, Dermatologist, Pulmonary Specialist, Cardiologist…the list goes on) then chances are, the one person coordinating your list of medications and proof reading the materials at the end of the day, is in fact your pharmacist.

Of course there are systems in place to keep our hospital records up to date so that each of your doctors are aware of all your medications, but systems aren’t always bullet proof, especially in an operation with as many moving parts as a hospital. For instance, if I spent 3 years writing a book, I wouldn’t trust multiple people to analyze separate chapters for the books final approval, I would instead lean on the understanding of the one person reading the book in it’s entirety to give me my final draft and complete analysis. How much more important is your health? It’s nice to know that the last person to put together your full compilation of medications is looking out for you, and knows exactly what to watch out for.

 

When you’re new to a pharmacy, or making steps towards getting to know your current pharmacist, here are some important things to share with them:

 

  • Any Known Allergies to Medications
  • Medical History
  • Any Nonprescription Medications you are taking
  • An Up to Date List of All Medications

 

Chances are, your pharmacist wants to get to know YOU! After handling the delicate issues that come with the job of distributing medications to customers all day long, I’m sure your pharmacist would welcome a warm smile and a friendly face. We hope you are encouraged to get to know your favorite pharmacist, and Get Better, better!

 

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