I’ve eaten too much spicy food and now I have heartburn. What is the best way to treat my symptoms?

Many of us enjoy meeting up with friends from time to time at our local Mexican restaurant or favorite wing hot spot. During these fun times, heartburn can be the not so pleasant effect of eating some of our favorite foods. Heartburn occurs when there is regurgitation of acid into the esophagus creating a feeling of discomfort. Heartburn can be treated, and there are measures that may be taken to prevent future development of this uncomfortable condition.

If you are prone to developing heartburn, your Kroger Pharmacist is a strong ally in the prevention and treatment of heartburn. There are several different classes of medications which pharmacists may recommend; antacids (Maalox®, Rolaids®, Tums®), H2 -receptor antagonists (Pepcid®, Tagamet HB®, Zantac®), and proton pump inhibitors (Nexium 24HR®, Prevacid 24HR®, Prilosec OTC®). Depending on your symptoms, the pharmacist will determine which product is best to be recommended. Make sure you inform the pharmacist …

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Is my pharmacist also a travel agent?

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With summer fast approaching and your vacation of a lifetime in the near future, Kroger Pharmacy is a destination you should make sure to visit before getting on the boat, plane or packing up the car. The team of Kroger Pharmacists is a valuable resource to assist you with selecting the appropriate sunscreen and/or insect repellant you will need for your upcoming adventure. Pharmacists can also help with recommending over the counter medications which will treat nausea/vomiting and traveler’s diarrhea. Depending on where you are headed, you may also be in need of specific vaccinations that are recommended for the area of the globe you will be visiting. Pharmacists are able to work with your health care provider to determine the vaccines needed and can also administer the immunizations with a prescription from a physician. For great travel recommendations and tips, visit www.cdc.gov/travel. This website is an incredible tool to assist with planning and preparation for …

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Are your seasonal allergies getting the best of you?

All of us are so excited that the temperatures are finally warming up from the dreadfully cold winter we all just went through. With the increasing temperatures, Mother Nature awakens and all of the beautiful flowers, grasses, plants and trees begin to bloom. It is truly lovely outside, but looking out my window I not only see brilliant colors of flowers, I see the haze of pollen everywhere. I have been experiencing sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, and some congestion for the past few weeks. I am not alone in these symptoms as most people in Atlanta and throughout the south are experiencing them currently.LizaChapman_Kroger_Pharmacy
So, what is the best way to treat these symptoms we are having? At your Kroger pharmacy, there are many over the counter items available to you that will help eliminate your seasonal allergies. The over the counter items range from antihistamines, decongestants, cough aids, and nasal sprays. Many of these products previously required a physician’s order and are now …

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Do you know the value of your pharmacist?

For the majority of us, the health care professional we see most frequently is the pharmacist. You may see your physician a couple times a year, and the visits to the pharmacy occur several times a month. While at the pharmacy, there is a very valuable resource available to you and that is your pharmacist. Pharmacists have received specialized training and are educated to insure prescriptions are dispensed to you accurately and are appropriate for the diagnosis determined by your prescribing health care provider. Filling a prescription is more than just counting out tablets or pouring a liquid into a bottle. The pharmacist reviews the prescription to make sure there are no interactions with other medications you are taking and that there are no allergies or contraindications with the newly prescribed drug.LizaChapman_Kroger
Dispensing of medications is just one of the responsibilities of the pharmacist. Pharmacists are a valuable member of your health care team not only serving as the …

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Even though it is February, is it too late for me to receive a flu shot?

One might think that it is too late to receive a flu shot this year since doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have been administering vaccineLizaChapman_Kroger since the end of this past summer. To get to the point, it is not too late to receive your flu shot. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone 6 months and over wishing to receive flu vaccine should do so until the supply of vaccine has been depleted. Flu vaccination is available most commonly as an injection, but there is also a nasal spray presentation for children and adults who meet the specific indications.
Anyone needing a flu vaccine should seek vaccination from their health care provider of choice. Vaccine is still available; it just may not be as easy to locate a dose as it was during the fall months. The best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to receive a flu vaccine. Remember, it takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to provide benefits and protection. So the take home message is there is no …

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