Exercise and Diabetes

Exercise and Diabetes

Did you know you can lower high blood pressure and help control your diabetes by taking action and becoming more physically active?

First you need to admin, honestly, how active you currently are. Are you doing a little, but ready to do more? Are you working out three days per week, or are you just getting started? No matter where you are now, there is always room for improvement.

If you have kids, you are setting an example for them to follow, will it be a healthy lifestyle or one of a couch potato?
-Go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
-Ride a bike to the store, to work, or just for fun.
-Play an outdoor game such as basketball, catch with an American football, or set up a volleyball or badminton net.

Be realistic about your goals and your actual activity level. Ten minutes of exercise each day is better than NO exercise, so start small and work you way up in time and in intensity. The goal is to increase your heart rate to exercise your heart muscle, and sweat some toxins out of your pores!

Other activites that count as exercise include sit-ups or push-ups, heavy gardening, lifting weights (use canned foods if you must) and dancing.

Track your progress on a calendar. For example, mark on Tuesday: 15 minute walk; Wednesday: 20 min. dancing; Thurs: Planted 3 shrubs… and so on.

If you are walking 30 minutes a day already, try adding just ten more minutes to your journey. Lifting weights? Add more weight or do more repetitions. Just keep adding!

One of my favorite tips to keeping an active lifestyle is to “mix it up” – while I prefer certain physical activities over others, when I find myself bored, looking for excuses not to work out, or reaching a plateau on my weight/fitness goals, I will try something new at the gym, such as a different group fitness class. Or I will change up my route on my bike rides. It is really fun to take your bike and ride in different parks or other areas near your house. Go for a walk in someone else’s neighborhood, just keep doing it!

Common Medicine Prescription Mistakes

Common Medicine Mistakes
Doctor writing prescription

Common Medicine mistakes and how to prevent them

Prescription drugs are biologically active substances that can do good but also harm if used in the wrong way or at the wrong moment. And then we are not yet talking about using the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

It is estimated that close to 10% of patients in Hospitals are admitted for medication related problems. With the amount of drugs being marketed nowadays, it is increasingly difficult for a doctor and a pharmacist to keep track of everything. Computers do help a lot for the cross checking of  interactions of medications, but then again, if you visit different pharmacies all the time your Rx history may not be up-to-date. And even worse, visiting different doctors within 3 days, because the flu symptoms did not go away within 2 days (Duh- Real flu can last for 3 weeks of misery and the only thing we can do is symptom relieve) may result in prescriptions with mismatching antibiotics or double dosage.

Here are some tips that you can use to safeguard your health.

Mistake #1.

You can not read your doctors handwriting. If you can’t, there is a chance your pharmacist can not either. Some doctors use even abbreviations which may be common in Holland or the US, but your pharmacist may not be familiar with the particular shorthand? A quarter of mistakes is misreading, quickly written names like losec, lasix or lamisil and lamictal can be easily mixed up especially with strengths that might be the same.

Safest Rx: Ask your doctor to spell out the name or even write the intended treatment like water pill or acid reflux (in some countries this is going to be mandatory).

Mistake #2

You have a miserable cold and pop 2 tablets of  a cold medication and some paracetamol every 4-6 hours to keep going. Warning: If that cold medication is one of many containing acetaminophen a.k.a as paracetamol, you might be getting close to a toxic dose by the end of the day. 20 tablets Tylenol extra strength in a day will do damage to your liver, add 3 alcoholic drinks and it will double the damage.

Safest Rx: Stay clear from OTC multidosage products and compare the ingredients with prescribed medication you might be taking as well.

Mistake #3

You leave the pharmacy without confirming that this X drug for Y condition.

2% of pharmacy dispensing contains mistakes according to studies. Provide the pharmacy with the right data to process the prescription as good as possible, including birthdate and full name of the intended recipient. Make sure the pharmacist verifies the medication and explains the use with you, when handing you the medication.

Safest Rx:
choose your pharmacist as careful as you choose your doctor and stick with them. Your history records will give a safety net when the computer checks for interactions or wrong dosages.

Mistake #4

Scared to tell your doctor about herbal products you are taking? In that case you belong to the majority, but do not conceive natural as being without side effects or interactions. St Johns worth (found effective for depression) can interact with the Pill. If you are using bloodthinners, hypertensive or diabetic drugs you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Safest Rx: bring bottles of anything else you use whether natural or not to your doctor when having a check up.

Mistake #5

You self treat with someone else’s medication

You break out in a rash, so you use something the doctor has prescribed for your husband’s skin problem. You commited a big health sin! Even if it looks the same it might be a different problem. If your husbands problem was allergy related and yours viral, chances are you made your problems worse. Your neighbours waterpill that helped her swollen ankles may give you a wrong reaction, especially if you are using a bloodpressure drug like and ACE inhibitor.

Safest Rx: eliminate the temptation, never safe leftover medication and never take something from a good samaritan to try help your problem as well.

Mistake #6

You ignore the warnings on the label.

Does it really matter you take your antibiotic with or without food? Certain antibiotics absorb poorly into the body with food, others give discomfort when taking them on an empty stomach. Taking Cipro or tetracycline with Mylanta? You might as well take a sugarpill because little will be absorbed. How about taking your medication after dinner or before breakfast? Fosamax absorbs appr for 2% in your body and that is under the condition you take it with plain water at least half a hour before eating anything, if you take it with milk you might as well throw it in the toilet straight away because that is where it will end up. Some drugs really work best at night due to your body’s rhythm.

Safest Rx: Ask for a patient leaflet at the pharmacy or take the 10 seconds to read the labeling on your packaging. And if you are not sure if a milkshake is a dairy product, ask the pharmacist.

Mistake #7

Take your medication only when you feel sick.

Are you also one of those people taking diabetic of pressure medication when you need it? Join a circus, it means you are superhuman having sensory abilities not known by medical science. A headache does not mean you pressure is to high, 99% it is unrelated and if so, it means the pressure has been bad for a long period and REALLY bad.

Unfortunately these chronic diseases are called chronic because they will not go away anymore. True, drastic changes in lifestyle can improve your condition but you only “sense” being ill from ie diabetes if your numbers are way off. Regular testing and your daily tablet will keep your long term risk on sudden death or illness low. It is very important that the balance created by the medication stays as constant as possible. Even worse; suddenly withdrawing the medication might give a worsening of the disease ie with antidepressants or bloodpressure medication.

Safest Rx: Take your medication as prescribed, if you feel there is a reason to stop discuss it with your doctor first. If you have difficulty remembering to take the medication try using pillboxes and leave your medication in places where you have a daily routine like with the toothbrush (make sure the environment is suitable)

Mistake #8

Take alcohol with your medication, or worse not taking the medication because you want to consume alcohol.

First you have the old time believe that alcohol and antibiotics do not mix. The only one that gives problems is Flagyl and its relatives. For most antibiotics the interference is linked with the fact that your immunesystem might suffer from taking alcohol while fighting an infection, so you do not help the antibiotic doing its work optimal.

SSRI antidepressants (Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac) are more stimulating than sedating so they shouldn’t interact with alcohol. However alcohol is a depressant so confer with your doctor before drinking. Alcohol and the common antihistamines like benadryl and chlorpheniramin are a sure recipe for sedation, the reason why Nyquil works so good at night and should be taken cautiously. Non sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritine and Zyrtec are not likely to cause sleepiness.

Tips to Protect Your Liver

Tips to Protect Your Liver. Your liver works hard to protect your health. It’s a rugged, strong organ. But certain things—like alcohol, drugs, viruses and excessive weight—can damage it. You may not even realize when your liver is struggling, because liver disease usually has no symptoms until the problem becomes severe. Help your liver to guard your health by avoiding the things that might cause it harm. Continue reading “Tips to Protect Your Liver”

How to Recognize and Treat Alcohol Addiction

How to recognize and treat alcohol addiction is not a particularly new societal issue on St.Maarten, where alcoholic beverages are more readily available and at a much more ‘reasonable’ price. Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or an occasional drink at happy hour time . Others might grab a beer while watching a football game. Most people used to drink alcohol moderately, within their limits. Some overdid it occasionally. But more and more people find they can’t control their drinking, which is often used as an excuse for pressure at work and at home. So how do you know when drinking is becoming a problem? And is there anything you can you do, when it is? Continue reading “How to Recognize and Treat Alcohol Addiction”

Philipsburg Pharmacy VOTED #1 BEST 2016 St Maarten Pharmacy

Philipsburg Pharmacy has won the top spot locally for “The BEST 2016 St.Maarten Pharmacy” in where to get advice, where to buy Prescription medicines, Over The Counter drugs, beauty products, sun care products, sunglasses, vitamins, nutritional supplements, drugstore products and much more.

The Pharmacy is also awarded for perfect customer services with FREE Delivery in Philipsburg and nominal fees for delivery outside of town, with affordable prices for prescription drugs and OTC Medicines.

This One of a Kind Pharmacy/Drugstore on the Caribbean Island with one of the most attractive cruise ship ports in the West Indies, offers duty free medications and supplements. Especially cruise ship visitors that previously have experienced medications in Europe – and vice versa – the Americas, that worked well for them, but are not available in their home countries, can be found at Philipsburg Pharmacy as well as her sister pharmacy in Maho Beach Resort area.

Philipsburg Pharmacy the BEST St Maarten Pharmacy offers all the major Pharmacy brands from the US and Europe.
A team of pharmacists and assistants will be more than happy to answer any questions or requests and help you find your way through the ever more complicated world of pharma . And……. our pricing is affordable, PLUS Duty Free!

Come and check us out

#4 CH. E. Voges Street, Philipsburg St. Maarten
Tel: (721) 542-3001
U.S. phone (954) 353-2392
U.S. fax (954) 867-7987

PS. We’re back open and fully operational after the 2017 devastation of hurricane Irma.