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Thanks for visiting the site. I am glad you are here. I want to take a minute to let you know what is on the site and how you can benefit from the helpful pharmacy tips here.

I notice at work every day that there is a lot of basic information that a lot of people just don’t understand about medication and healthcare in general. I hope this will be a resource for people to help them learn about medications, how the healthcare system works, and how they can use that knowledge to make improvements to their daily lives. Continue reading Welcome to Helpful Pharmacist

What Is The Best Blood Pressure Monitor for My Budget?

As you may recall, my last article centered around what your blood pressure means, why you should monitor it, and how to do that. If you missed that article you should read it first and then come back to this one. One thing I definitely recommended is that you buy a home blood pressure monitor so you may check your own blood pressure at home. What I didn’t cover is which is the best blood pressure monitor you can buy. There are dozens of models available from several different manufacturers and at lots of different price points. I have chosen four home blood pressure monitors to recommend to you. I have tried to include one monitor each at four different price points. I will discuss the features of each monitor and why I recommend each one. This should make your buying decision an easy one.

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How Often Should I Check My Blood Pressure?

A frequent topic of discussion at the pharmacy is blood pressure. What do the numbers mean? How often should I check my blood pressure? What is the best way to check it? How do medications affect it? There are a lot of misconceptions. Let’s break down all of these questions and get you started on a healthy blood pressure monitoring plan.

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Big Changes Coming to the Pharmacy

Today I am taking a bit of a different approach here at Helpful Pharmacist. I don’t always talk about my personal goings on but today I would like to do just that. I have some things going on at work now that are going to really change my job. This has been on my mind a lot so I decided to share it with you guys. I hope you can relate, or find this interesting. If not, know that writing about it is at least therapeutic for me.

So, what is the big deal, you ask? In just about two weeks from now, we are going to install a new computer software system in my store. Learning new software may just be the most challenging and difficult thing you can ever ask a pharmacy staff to do. We spend a huge percentage of our time pecking away at our computers. My techs can barely ever step away from their terminals during the day. Now we will be changing everything about those computers. Scary, right? Continue reading Big Changes Coming to the Pharmacy

Helpful Pharmacist’s View on Vaccination – Vaccines Work

Vaccination, especially in children, has become a huge topic of debate and controversy over the last 20 or so years. Are vaccines safe? Do they cause other health problems? Should we require vaccines for our children? Should this be a choice each parent makes? These questions are a lot more prevalent now than they used to be. Let’s take a closer look.  Continue reading Helpful Pharmacist’s View on Vaccination – Vaccines Work

What Do I Need to Know About Medicare Part D Enrollment?

Medicare Part D enrollment sounds like a scary task. There are hundreds of plans to choose from and a lot of data to sort through. How do I choose one? When can I enroll? I will address all of the basics for you. This may not sound very interesting to a lot of my readers but remember this: if Medicare Part D enrollment doesn’t affect you, it definitely affects someone you care about. So, please read this for your parents, grandparents, or other family members who may need some help with this down the road. And I’ll promise to keep it light and as non-technical as possible.

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Why Can’t I Find FluMist This Year?

It’s a long, sad story that has surprised us all (or surprised me at least). The disappearance of FluMist. What happened? Where has it gone? What do we do now? Kids and needle-phobic adults everywhere are in a panic. Let Helpful Pharmacist tell you what you need to know.

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When Is the Best Time to Get a Flu Shot?

It is August. School has started. Fall is coming. Flu vaccine has arrived in the store and we have signs everywhere. This prompts a frequent question from my customers: “When is the best time to get a flu shot?” There are a lot of things to consider, and the answer isn’t as easy as you might expect.

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12 Ways To Make Your Life Easier at the Pharmacy

For some people, a trip to the pharmacy is a dreaded experience. It is certain to include long lines, time spent waiting, insurance headaches, and rubbing elbows with sick people. No fun! Today I am going to show you a few ways to make your life easier at the pharmacy. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be able to take some of the pain out of your pharmacy visit.

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Should I Be Taking Vitamin D Supplements?

I receive a lot of questions every day about over the counter medication, including vitamins and supplements. Most of those questions stem from something someone saw on television or read online. I can always tell when Dr. Oz talks about something new, because I will get a lot of similar questions during the same day. Vitamins and other supplements can be very good for you, if you need them. Let’s talk today about vitamin D supplements and why you might need one.

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11 Things You Should Never Say to Your Pharmacist

When you work with the general public every day, you hear a lot of crazy things. Some things you hear over and over and they start to get under your skin after a while. We get a lot of positives from our customers. We also get some laughs at their expense. It helps us stay sane to poke fun at them sometimes. Some pharmacists can’t do this and become bitter and adversarial. There is a high burnout rate in our industry. I try very hard each day to not let the weird things get to me, and instead I try to enjoy all of our customers and their eccentricities.
When you read the list below, know that I am only kidding. Kind of. You are probably guilty of one or more of these. The list might be funnier to those who work behind the counter, because everything will sound so familiar. Feel free to fire back at me with things a pharmacist shouldn’t say to a patient if you like. I would love to hear it.

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