Archive for January, 2012

How to Stay Fit in the Cold

Posted by on January 30th, 2012

Whenever you place a call to us at CanadaDrugs.com, you’re talking to one of our trained patient Service Representatives that all work out of our head office and Canadian Pharmacy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. About 300 of our total company wide work force calls Winnipeg home and one of the common questions a lot of first time customers have when they call us is first “Where is Winnipeg?” and once we explain it’s a couple hours north of Fargo, North Dakota, the next questions we get is often “It must be cold up there?” The fact is yes, it can get pretty cold up here! Winnipeg is actually the coldest city in the entire world with a population of over 600,000. But just because it’s cold, doesn’t stop us from getting to work to help you save on discount prescription drugs and it also doesn’t sop us from getting exercise during our cold winter months.

If you’re not lucky to live in one of the states where winter just means you bring a long sleeved shirt to go golfing in case the sun goes behind the clouds, you probably also know that it’s pretty easy to want to just crawl into a warn house and hibernate like a bear until spring. But you also know that cold weather and snow are not an excuse for packing on the pounds, sleeping more, and giving up on physical activity. It may be less convenient to get a pumping heart rate in the frigid winter air but it’s still an important part of living a healthy life.

The key to getting outdoors and staying active in the winter is to properly prepare. Always dress in layers. Exercise can generate a lot of heat and make you feel warmer than it really is, but once your sweat starts to dry you can get very chilled. To avoid this it is recommend that if you are going to winter exercise that you’ll need three layers of clothing to keep the cold at bay. A layer to draw sweat away from your body, a layer of fleece of wool for insulation and a layer of waterproof, breathable for outside to help keep the wind at bay.

Also pay close attention to your hands, ears and feet. Proper footwear is also key to avoid spills on icy sidewalks. Even a light walk outside in winter can pose a danger if you do wear proper boots or shoes.

Other winter activity tips include drinking plenty of fluids just as you do when exercising in warm weather and one tip that most people forget when it’s cold is that you need to wear sunscreen. UV light can be even more powerful in the winter, and you should protect any espoused skin, as well as lips with lip balm.

By following these tips, outdoor activity can be safe and productive. And it’s a whole lot more fun than spending the snowy months in hibernation.

But if you want to stay fit over the winter, but just can’t stand the cold, you can always exercise indoors, or do what a lot of older Canadians and Americans do every winter, spend December to March in Florida or Arizona. CanadaDrugs.com delivers anywhere for free!


CanadaDrugs.com stands with other Canadian International Association Pharmacy members (CIPA) against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Posted by on January 17th, 2012

Canada Drugs and other CIPA members, who together since 2002 have served as a safe source of affordable prescription medication for over a million American patients have announced that they will participate in the January 18 “internet blackout” to protest Congress’ proposed anti-piracy legislation. CanadaDrugs.com website will display a “blackout banner” directing its customers to take action to protect their ability to order online discount prescription medication.

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Joining with other major Internet sites, such as Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing, and WordPress, CanadaDrugs.com and other members of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association on January 18th will participate in the “Internet Blackout” movement to protest Congress’ proposed anti-piracy legislation.

Canada Drugs wants to raise awareness amongst its online customers on the threat that The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) pose to their freedom of choice. Over a million Americans who currently turn to licensed, legitimate online Canadian and International Pharmacies as an affordable alternative for their prescription drug purchases could see their choice limited or taken away by the vague and overly broad language that these acts are written in. They are designed to protect the interests of U.S. businesses and fight counterfeiting, but closer examination of the bills makes it clear that they reach too broadly and could seriously affect how tens of millions of Americans access and use the internet, as well as force the shutdown of legitimate websites such as CanadaDrugs.com and other CIPA members.

On January 18th, Canada Drugs homepage will display a splash banner that informs customers of the threat SOPA/PIPA pose to Americans’ ability to order safe, affordable prescription medications from a Canadian Pharmacy. SOPA/PIPA also raise fears of “Internet Blacklists,” increased censorship and the potential to stop innovation and dynamism of the Internet due to over regulation and government interference.

Of particular concern to CanadaDrugs.com and its customers is the vague and broadly written language that could threaten licensed, certified CIPA.com and PharmacyChecker.com websites with forced shutdown. Taking away the only source of safe, affordable medication for over a million American seniors, and others that use Canadian pharmacies. Canada Drugs also will alert its customers that SOPA inappropriately groups together legitimate pharmacy websites that sell safe brand name medication and require a prescription from each patient’s personal physician, with dangerous rogue pharmacies that don’t adhere to CIPA and Pharmacy Checker guidelines on prescriptions and product safety.

“These bills would cut off online access to the legitimate Canadian and other international pharmacies that hundreds of thousands of Americans rely on each year to access their needed medicines at an affordable price,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs. “If Congress makes it harder for their citizens to buy from pharmacies like Canada Drugs that adhere to stringent safety guidelines, require prescriptions, and sell safe brand name and generic products, than in their search for affordable prescription drugs they will be more, not less likely to purchase from dangerous foreign rogues.

After the January 18th “Internet Blackout”, Canada Drugs and other CIPA members will continue to advocate along with senior citizens groups such as RxRights.org, to press for sensible solutions that allow Americans’ freedom of choice in purchasing safe, affordable prescription medication from reputable online sources.


Early Diagnosis Essential in Alzheimer Treatment

Posted by on January 11th, 2012

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Nearly 15 million Americans are now caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, a figure that is expected to climb steadily as the population ages. As well, studies in both Canada and the U.S reveal that far too many of those with the disease are missing out on early treatment that could drastically improve how they deal with the disease.

While there is no cure for the disease, the benefit of early diagnosis can lead to a variety of treatments that help to manage symptoms and reduce the quickness the toll of the disease can wage against those who have it. A combination of behavioral and lifestyle changes, support from family, and precautionary measures along with some of the medications that F.D.A. has approved for Alzheimer’s treatment can offer hope for a better way to manage the disease with early diagnosis and add years onto the lifespan of those diagnosed.

At Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy we offer a variety of Alzheimer’s and memory loss medications at a significant discount to the average retail cost at pharmacies in the United States. Medications such as Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl are commonly prescribed medications to those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and similar dementia disorders. Ebixa (memantine hydrochloride) has been conditionally approved to treat symptoms in people with moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s disease and is also available from Canada Drugs.

The current drug treatments for Alzheimer’s have been shown to have the greatest success in those patients with an early diagnosis. By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.7 million — a 50 percent increase from the current 5.2 million making early diagnosis essential in the coming years to ensure the people with the disease receive proper treatment.

The Canadian Alzheimer’s Society has an excellent online guide for early warning signs. They are as follows

  1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation of time and place
  5. Poor or decreased judgment
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in mood and behavior
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative

 


44% of U.S Seniors Postponed Prescriptions in 2011 Due to Cost

Posted by on January 5th, 2012

The Senior Citizens League, one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups released a study in late 2011 on how financial concerns are forcing seniors to make difficult and dangerous decisions about their healthcare.

The telephone survey of over 1200 seniors nationwide revealed that in 2011 more than 51% of those who responded reported that they put off visiting a doctor or getting outpatient medical services such as health counseling or physiotherapy because of concerns on how to handle the costs. In addition to putting off medical care, over sixty-one percent of the respondents postponed visiting specialists like dentists, opticians, and hearing specialists. Not being able to afford important services like dental or eye care can have a massive effect on the quality of life for seniors, as well as can lead to late diagnosis of more serious health problems that could be identified by regular check-ups. For seniors suffering from conditions like diabetes, or high blood pressure, visits to specialists for regular eye or dental care are essential in controlling the symptoms associated with these conditions.

Of particular interest to us at Canada Drugs was the forty-four percent of respondents who reported that in 2011 that they postponed filling prescriptions or were forced to stretch doses or take a lower dosage of prescription medication than prescribed by their physicians. This Senior Citizens League study is just one more of a recent glut of studies of American health habits that reveal the record high cost of prescription medication in the U.S is leading to dangerous cost-saving actions in order to stretch monthly budgets.

As global leaders in prescription drug savings we work hard to make lower cost international prescription medication an affordable alternative to those dealing with budget pressures and high U.S prescription costs. Canada Drugs offers direct cash savings of between 40%-80% off the price of U.S prescription drugs, and for seniors suffering in the Medicare doughnut hole, we can offer further budget relief.

Buying discount medication from a Canadian pharmacy is a way for seniors that are unable to afford high prices to better manage to their prescription drug health care costs. We pride ourselves on providing our customer access to high quality discount prescription medication from Canada, as well as over-the-counter products at the guaranteed lowest discount price. Our savings combined with our free Standard Shipping worldwide, a No-Hassle Return policy and an unsurpassed level of service from our team of staff makes prescription cost relief as easy as a call to visit to our home page.


Is 2012 the year you quit smoking? Canada Drugs can help.

Posted by on January 3rd, 2012

Mark Twain summed up one of the most common new years resolutions when he wrote, ““Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you will ever do and whether your attempt this New Year is your first time or your one-thousandth time trying to kick the habit, we at CanadaDrugs.com want you to know we can help.

At Canada Drugs we can make that tough road a little easier and help you keep your resolution to quit smoking by saving you money on Nicorette Gum, Patches and other Nicorette products over your local pharmacies prices. 50% or more savings are available if you purchase our therapeutically equivalent generic brand nicotine gum and patches! Trying to stop smoking sucks! But it’s at least a little less painful when you can save money with low priced smoking cessation products like gum, and inhalers.

If you’ve visited our home page recently you’ve seen our banner for our Nicorette landing page. If you or someone you know made trying to quit their 2012 resolution take a quick second to look at our prices, or send the link to them. Our prices on common smoking cessation products can add up to hundreds of dollars a month in savings.  Quitting is tough, but it’s worth it, your health and overall quality of life will improve a lot.

Here are 10 suggestions from the Mayo Clinic on how to approach quitting if that’s your goal for 2012.

  1. Delay. If you feel like you’re going to give in to your tobacco craving, tell yourself that you must first wait 10 more minutes and then do something to distract yourself for that period of time. This simple trick may be enough to derail your tobacco craving. Repeat as often as needed.
  2. Don’t have ‘just one.’ You might be tempted to have just one cigarette to satisfy a tobacco craving. But don’t fool yourself into believing that you can stop at just one. More often than not, having just one leads to another, then another — and you may wind up using tobacco again.
  3. Avoid triggers. Urges for tobacco are likely to be strongest in the situations where you smoked or chewed tobacco most often, such as at parties or bars, in the car or while watching television. Identify your trigger situations and have a plan in place so that you can avoid them entirely or get through them without using tobacco. Don’t set yourself up for a smoking relapse. If you usually smoked while you talked on the phone, for instance, keep a pen and paper nearby to occupy yourself with doodling rather than smoking.
  4. Get physical. Physical activity can help distract you from tobacco cravings and reduce the intensity of cravings. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can make a tobacco craving go away. Get out for a walk or jog. If you’re stuck at home or the office, try squats, deep knee bends, push-ups, running in place, or walking up and down a set of stairs a few times. If physical activity doesn’t interest you, try prayer, needlework, woodwork or journaling. Or do chores for distraction, such as vacuuming or filing paperwork.
  5. Practice relaxation techniques. In the past, smoking may have been your way to deal with stress. Trying to resist a tobacco craving can itself be stressful. Take the edge off stress by practicing relaxation techniques. These include deep-breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, yoga, visualization, hypnosis and massage.
  6. Call reinforcements. Touch base with a family member, friend or support group member for moral support as you struggle to resist a tobacco craving. Chat on the phone, go for a walk together or simply share a few laughs — or get together to commiserate about your cravings.
  7. Remember the benefits of quitting. Write down or say out loud the reasons you want to stop smoking and resist tobacco cravings. These might include feeling better, getting healthier, sparing your loved ones from secondhand smoke or saving money. And if you’re a closet smoker, you may save hours of time since you no longer have to spend time trying to conceal your habit.
  8. Go online. Join an online stop-smoking program. Or read a quitter’s blog and post encouraging thoughts for someone else who might be struggling with tobacco cravings. Learn from how others have handled their tobacco cravings.
  9. Try nicotine replacements. Try a nicotine replacement product instead of a cigarette. Some types of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gums and lozenges, are available over-the-counter. Nicotine nasal spray and the nicotine inhaler are available by prescription, as are the stop-smoking medications bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix).
  10. Chew on it. Give your mouth something to do to fight a tobacco craving. Chew on sugarless gum or hard candy. Or munch on raw carrots, celery, nuts or sunflower seeds — something crunchy and satisfying

Visit us online to order today, or give us a call 24-7 at 1800-CAN-DRUGS to order discount Nicorette products, as well as many other popular smoking cessation products. Ordering online from a Canadian Pharmacy can’t make it easier to quit, but we can make it cheaper.