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Pharmacy Tips

separator Awareness of Reye’s Syndrome
Reyes syndrome is a disease that usually appears after a bout with the flu, an upper respiratory infection, chicken pox or other viral illness. Early signs include

  • Continuous vomiting
  • Loss of energy
  • Aggressiveness
  • Confusion
  • Irrational behavior

According to the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, research shows that 90 to 95 percent of Reye’s patients have taken aspirin during a previous viral illness.

To reduce the risk of Reye’s syndrome, don’t give your child aspirin. And if you notice the symptoms, get to the emergency room right away. Early diagnosis is critical.

Source: National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation

Flu Shots for 2002/2003 Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following recommendations regarding who should get flu shots this October:

  • People aged 65 and older, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, HIV, etc. (talk with your doctor if you’re not sure whether you’re in this category) and people who live with those in the two previous categories
  • Healthcare workers
  • Healthy children aged six to 23 months
  • Children aged 6 months to nine years who are receiving the flu vaccine for the first time

After this group has received flu shots, other people who are less at risk but want the immunization should feel free to do so.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ulcers can be Cured
Remember the days when people thought that once they had an ulcer, they had it for life? Those days are gone. Ulcers can now be cured for good by antibiotics.

An ulcer is a sore or hole in the lining of the stomach or the small intestine. Most ulcers are caused by an infection, not by spicy food, acid or stress. The most common ulcer symptom is burning pain in the stomach.

If you think you might have an ulcer, be sure to see your doctor. Ulcers aren’t something you have to live with.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Saw Palmetto for Prostate?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition men get as they age. The prostate can become enlarged, which often increases the frequency of urination.

Men who are looking for a way to ease their symptoms of BPH may want talk with their doctors about using the dietary supplement called saw palmetto. It has few side effects and has been shown to improve some of the urinary symptoms.

There are other medications and treatments for BPH, depending upon the severity of symptoms. Talk with your doctor for advice about ways to manage this condition.

Source: American Family Physician, July 2002;Urology, December 2001

Healthy Family Vitamins
When it comes to making sure your family takes vitamins, remember that one size doesn’t fit all. Some examples:

  • Women of childbearing age need 800 micrograms of folic acid per day.
  • Post-menopausal women need 1,500 daily milligrams of calcium.
  • Men need about 10 milligrams of iron per day, while women need about 15.
  • Older people in general may need to increase vitamins C, B-12 and others, depending on their health status.

So the best guideline to follow is to eat a balanced diet and ask your doctor what types of supplements you and all the members of your family should be taking.

Source: The American Dietetic Association

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