Archive for February, 2010

Smart Storage

Posted by on February 25th, 2010

It’s called the medicine cabinet, so it makes sense that it’s the first place you think of when talking about where you store your prescription medication. However in many ways it might not be the best place in your home that you can keep your medication safe and in optimum condition.

The fact is that the bathroom is often the warmest and most humid location in any house because of the hot water used for showers, baths and shaving. The heat and moisture can create an environment where your prescription medication might start to break down and make them less effective.  This is most true if you take any medication in tablet or capsule form. The warm, muggy environment can cause these medications to lose some of their medical efficacy.

It is best to keep your medicine in cool, dry places and away from where children can reach them. Even if you no longer have kids living with you, it’s still best to store your prescriptions out of their reach if you ever have grandchildren or visitors with children who visit. It only takes a momentarily loss of attention for someone’s roving hands to get into trouble. If you really don’t have anywhere else to keep your prescriptions other than your bathroom than make sure they are tightly sealed and that any cotton plugs have been removed because this can draw excess moisture into the bottle.

Safemedication.com is an excellent resource for information on how best to store and handle your prescriptions.  They suggest that you always pay attention to any changes in color, odor, or consistency of your medication, regardless of the expiry date. Changes in any of those, or if capsules and tablets are stuck together, or are harder or softer than normal can also indicate that environmental conditions have affected your meds.

If you have any ever have any concerns about a particular medication, how to store it or how to tell if it may have changed due to improper storage please talk to one of our Canada Drugs Pharmacists or call us Toll-Free at: 1-800-226-3784. Please note that our pharmacists are only available during the pharmacy hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm CST (Central Standard Time)


World Salt Awareness

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010

The beginning of February marked World Salt Awareness Week, which is an annual event put on by the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) group. WASH has been around 2005 when they established themselves with a goal of trying to improve the health of people around the world by working to reduce the increasing salt intake that are found in our modern diets.

The 2010 theme for World Salt Awareness Week was “Salt and Your Health”, which aimed to increase the knowledge about how salt effects overall health. Many people now know that they need to watch their salt intake if they suffer from high blood pressure or have heart conditions, but recent studies have also demonstrated that high salt diets can lead to the development of certain types stomach cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and kidney stones as well as more serious kidney diseases.

Many people are eating close to 10X the recommended daily amount of sodium in their diets.  Most of this salt is not the result of the natural sodium found in many foods, or the result of adding salt when cooking, but is found in the processed foods that we buy or have when eating out. As with counting calories or reading for nutritional information it is always best to pay close attention to the labels on food to get an understanding of how much sodium is contained. In order to preserve freshness and increase taste many foods that you would think would have very little salt are in fact loaded with it and can account for half your total sodium allowance in just one snack.

The “Salt and Your Health” week focused on the danger high salt poses to blood pressure levels. Salt raises blood pressure and eating too much is responsible for strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. Many strokes can be prevented be early attention being paid to high blood pressure and a combination of lifestyle changes and prescription medication when deemed necessary by your doctor. Salt intake is the major factor that controls the amount of calcium in the body. As calcium is vital for bone strength, high salt intake may lead to weakening of the bones and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Salt, particularly in high concentration, damages the delicate lining of the stomach. This makes it more vulnerable to infections by Helicobacter Pylori, a type of bacteria that causes both stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. High blood pressure has been shown to increase the amount of protein in the urine which is a major risk factor for the decline of kidney function and there is increasing evidence that a high salt intake may increase how quickly kidney disease progresses in older patients with a family history of the disease.

It is hoped that letting people know the risks associated with a high salt diet will lead to people not only more closely monitoring their salt consumption, but also will cause people to demand that food companies work to lower the amount of salt they add into their products.

Let’s see what kind of smart sodium health choices we can make this month to start ourselves on a path to better diets and better living. If you have any tips on reducing sodium let us know in the comments or e-mail us at [email protected]


Listening to Customers

Posted by on February 12th, 2010

As the global leader in prescription drug savings, Canada Drugs is committed to offering our customers access to affordable, quality, and safe prescription medication.  We value our customers and are constantly challenging ourselves to improve and remain the leading online pharmacy by expanding our range of products, offering better customer service, and working to lower the prices of the products we sell. In the past our commitment to our customers have driven us to offer things like our No-Hassle returns and most recently our Free Standard Shipping anywhere in the world.

As we grow as we company we are looking for new ways to listen to our customers and learn what we can do to improve. As part of this effort to listen and communicate better we are launching Canada Drugs Health & Prescription Drug Blog. When you visit this space we will be letting you know about any changes that are happening at Canada Drugs and providing you with information about the company and the people that work with you here at Canada Drugs to provide you affordable access to your essential prescription drug needs. Some of our trained pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to keep you informed about important developments in the fast-paced  pharmaceutical industry that might be of interest to you. As well we hope to share articles on health related topics, and provide you links to news stories and other sources of trusted health and prescription drug related information.

Most importantly we hope to use this space to create a conversation with you, we hope to share information that you find useful and informative and hope that you let us know what you think and what we can do be doing better. In our almost decade of business we have learned that the most valuable information we get is from customers. We encourage you to comment on our blog posts, share the posts with friends and family, e-mail us at [email protected], or phone one of our Patient Service Representatives. If there is anything else you would like to see in this space let us know and we will be happy to work with you in providing you that information.