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Davis Drugs staff is here to help you.

We will gladly take time to answer your questions or those of your physician.

We gladly make time available to give healthcare professionals your current medication and dosages. We will assist with transition of care from hospital to home, helping provide coverage information on medication or supply that difficult to obtain medication.

Occasionally our pharmacists may be able to suggest a lower cost alternative or alternate therapy that may be more compatible with the your current drug regimen and insurance coverage.

We may be able to refer you to another health educator or other helpful resource.

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DIABETES INFORMATION

If you have been taking metformin for many years you may be low in Vit B12 as 1 in 14 patients are reported to have this deficiency. B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, neuropathy, and other problems,  you may want to ask your provider to check your B12 level if it has not been checked in the last several years.  If B12 is found to be low, often 1000 to 2000mcg/day will restore the B12 levels.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that affects how your body uses energy. Diabetes can be successfully managed through proper self-monitoring, medication and lifestyle changes. People with diabetes have a high level of glucose in their blood, which can be caused by either too little insulin being produced by the pancreas or the body not accepting or using the insulin it produces, or a combination of both. People with diabetes need to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Blood sugar levels are controlled through diet, physical activity and, for some people, a combination of medication and insulin injections.

Understanding Insulin

Insulin is a hormone your cells need to store and use energy from food, and it is responsible for getting glucose into your cells. If you have diabetes, insulin is not able to do its job. Meaning, glucose is unable to get into your cells, which causes it to build up in your blood. High levels of glucose then circulate through your body, damaging cells along the way.

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: The pancreas cannot make insulin or makes very little. Type 1 diabetes often begins in childhood (it was previously known as “juvenile diabetes”), and the onset is sudden. People with Type 1 diabetes need daily insulin injections or an insulin pump.

Type 2 Diabetes: The pancreas makes insulin, but it does not make enough or your body doesn’t use the insulin it makes and usually develops slowly. Eight in 10 people with this type of diabetes are overweight. In fact, Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children and teenagers because of the increase in obesity within these age groups. Blood sugar levels are controlled through diet and physical activity. Oral medicines may be use to help your body respond to the insulin you make. Insulin injections or a pump also may be needed.

Gestational Diabetes: The cause is unknown but may be the result of hormones during pregnancy blocking the action of insulin. Gestational diabetes often disappears after the baby is born. However, women who experience diabetes while pregnant have a much greater chance of having Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Going to the bathroom frequently
  • Being unusually thirsty
  • Losing weight
  • Feeling tired
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent illness or infection
  • Poor circulation, such as tingling or numbness in the feet or hands

If you think you have diabetes, see a doctor immediately. Only a doctor can confirm a diabetes diagnosis and will most likely recommend one of these blood tests: a fasting plasma glucose test (FPG), an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), an A1c test (also called hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c or glycohemoglobin test) or a random plasma glucose test (RPG).

Goals for Managing Diabetes

Whether you have been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, your overall goals for managing the disease are similar. Keep blood glucose levels within the target range determined by your doctor. This can prevent or reduce complications. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, since people with diabetes are at risk for both. Keep blood pressure under control and achieve healthy cholesterol levels. Adopt a healthful eating pattern and lifestyle that are enjoyable and doable for you and can help prevent, or at least slow, complications from diabetes. To successfully manage diabetes, you need to understand how foods and nutrition affect your body. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, seek the expert advice of a registered dietitian nutritionist to help you manage the disease while ensuring you get the nutrients your body needs.

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Do I Need Diabetic Shoes?

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing foot problems.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing foot problems.

High blood sugar contributes to poor blood circulation. This in turn can damage nerves in your feet, a condition called neuropathy. Neuropathy can cause you to lose the feeling in your feet, which may make it difficult for you realize if you cut yourself or injure your foot. A cut that’s left untreated can lead to an infection.

Nerve damage can also change the shape of your feet. You might develop open sores on your toes or on the bottoms of your feet. You may also develop calluses, or thick areas of hardened skin. People with diabetes are also more likely to develop hammertoe, a deformity that causes the toe joints to bend inward.

These changes can make your regular shoes feel uncomfortable. Wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose can make your foot problems even worse. Don’t try to squeeze your feet into uncomfortable shoes.

It’s important to find a shoe that fits well and matches the shape of your foot. You do not want your foot sliding around inside the shoe. This can cause blisters, sores, and calluses, which can be dangerous for a person with diabetes.

To find just the right fit for your feet, see one of our specialist here at Davis Drugs for a fitting. No appointment necessary.

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MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION MYTHS

(always consult your medical provider before changing anything)

Myths:

Levothyroxine must be taken in the morning without food. It is true that levothyroxine isn’t absorbed as well with food.  However, often a dose at bedtime when the stomach SHOULD be empty (however mine rarely is) might work just as well if early morning administration is difficult. Consistency is the main factor with levothyroxine, same time, same stomach food content, etc.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Why buy a Lift Chair?

An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who needs help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility.  Those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves, yet are able to move around on their own after being raised to a standing position.  Since lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs they provide a friendly way of regaining independence.

Lift chairs, with their specially designed structure and easy to operate hand controls can be a key tool in preventing injuries to the user and caregiver.  Helping someone transition from a sitting (or even lying) position imposes a physical strain on the caregiver, potentially resulting in a challenging and dangerous situation for both the caregiver and their loved one.

Selecting the right lift chair is sometimes a little confusing.  There are many different options and models available.  A good approach is to start with the specific needs of the primary occupant, focusing on their height, weight and shape.

It is best for the person that will be using the lift chair to come in and try the different models we have on the floor.  Not every style of chair feels the same to every person.  Someone may need a deeper seat and tall back, while someone else may need a wider seat and a short back.  The staff at Davis Drugs will be happy to assist and advise in the process of buying a Lift Chair.

Compression Stockings

Who benefits from wearing Compression Stockings?

Compression Stockings are stockings with the most concentrated compression (or pressure) at the ankle and the pressure reduces further up the leg. Compression Stockings are also known as Gradient Compression Stockings.

Anyone’s legs can feel better while wearing gradient compression stockings, especially those of us who spend a great deal of time in sedentary sitting or standing positions. Gradient compression stockings are of most benefit to individuals with the following leg complaints:

  • Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Healed venous ulcer
  • Active venous ulcer
  • Lymphedema

The most important benefit is that compression increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin (subcutaneous) helping to reduce and prevent swelling.  The compression of subcutaneous tissue helps move excess fluid (swelling) back into the capillaries (tiniest of the blood vessels) and helps prevent too much fluid from leading out of these little vessels assisting in the reduction of swelling.

Secondly, Compression Stockings help reduce the possibility of the superficial veins in the leg to expand and overfill with blood. This in turn helps prevent blood in these veins from flowing backward and causing congestion. Congestion in the leg accounts for the leg complaints, swelling, and skin changes common with venous insufficiency.

We carry styles for both men and women and we do special orders. Our trained staff is available to assist you with questions that you may have.

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