Month June 2015

PTSD Awareness Day

June 27th is PTSD awareness day,

More than likely you have seen this acronym before. Most of you probably associate this acronym with current military personnel and veterans. Undoubtedly you have seen news stories, articles, and even advertisements that have made an effort to bring to light the alarming amount of US soldiers returning from war inflicted with this disorder. You’ve seen it on the big screen with the recent release of “American Sniper” and the story of Chris Kyle. But what is PTSD? Who can be impacted by this condition? What are its symptoms? How is it treated?

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can affect anyone who experiences or witnesses any terrifying or traumatic event that triggers fear, shock, horror, or helplessness. PTSD was first defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), published by the America Psychiatric Association (APA), in 1980. Even after thirty-five years, research into the cause, impact, and treatment of this disorder continues.

Traumatic events can include:

  • Military combat and atrocities of war
  • Natural disasters
  • Sexual assaul
  • Domestic abuseCreative Care Pharmacy in Edmond OK specializes in Compounding medication
  • Serious accidents
  • Violent death

Symptoms of PTSD:

  • Flashbacks (reliving the trauma event)
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance and withdrawal from loved ones
  • Emotional numbness
  • Guilt, Depression, Worry
  • Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Easily startled and often “on edge”
  • Difficulty sleeping and loss of focus
  • Angry outbursts

 

If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic event in their life and are currently experiencing any of the symptoms, we at Creative Care Pharmacy want you to know that there is hope. This condition is very treatable and we urge you to talk to your primary care physician or give us a call so we can refer you to one immediately. Treatment options usually include both working with a therapist and starting a drug regimen that works to alleviate the symptoms so you can manage and ultimately be free of your condition. Creative Care Pharmacy will work with you and your physician closely to help maximize and manage your drug therapy to ensure you are getting the best care possible. We look forward to being your partner on your road to recovery.

Here are a few more resources on PTSD and how to get involved:

Considering the topic of this blog and the fact that it is a little over a week away from the July 4th holiday, Creative Care Pharmacy would like to take this opportunity to thank current military personnel and veterans for their service to our country and the sacrifices they have made to ensure our freedoms. We are all in your debt. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Creative Care Team

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Men’s Health

In the United States, the average life expectancy of a woman is 81 years compared to 76.2 years for a man. That is a difference of nearly 5 years! Why is this? When it comes to healthcare, men generally take a backseat to women due to lack of early detection and prevention. Research shows that, compared to women, men are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol and generally lead less healthy lifestyles. In addition, men are more likely to put off routine checkups and also delay seeing a healthcare provider for symptoms of a health problem.  These themes represent why women live nearly half a decade longer than their male counterparts.

The top 5 health risks for men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are: heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries (accidents), chronic respiratory disease, and strokes. Many of the health risks and diseases that affect men can be minimized through early detection, regular exams, preventative screenings and healthy lifestyle choices.

Pharmacists are the first point-of-contact when a patient receives a medication, and therefore in a prime position to ensure the patient understands and is confident about their medication regimen, including offering medication education, guidance on medication interactions, dosing instructions and side effects and helping the patient understand why complying with the prescriber’s medication instructions is important. At Creative Care Pharmacy, with the help of our skilled pharmacists, Phong Hoang and David George, men of any age can effectively manage their disease states and prolong the quality of their lives through a comprehensive treatment approach.  Our pharmacists can discuss with patients the best way to make their medication regimen fit their daily routine, and can prepare medications in containers to assist patients in remembering to take their medications.

Our pharmacists can also provide blood pressure screenings, including patient consultations on interpreting the blood pressure reading and collaborating with physicians by referring those patients with higher than normal blood pressure readings to their physicians for diagnosis. Our pharmacists can also provide glucose screenings and diabetes management counseling to patients with diabetes. Living with diabetes increases a man’s chances for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Our pharmacists can also provide smoking cessation counseling. Smoking increases the risk of many heart related complications in men, including heart attack and stroke.

Our pharmacists can provide guidance on the right over-the counter medication for a condition and can help a patient decide whether an aspirin therapy may be right for them and which aspirin to choose in collaboration with the patient’s healthcare providers. This is helpful as there are OTC medications that men with cardiovascular problems should avoid.  Our team can also provide counseling on selecting the correct multivitamin and mineral supplement based off your diet and health care goals.

Creative Care Pharmacy is also a full-service Compounding Pharmacy that can provide customized treatment options for patients who haven’t had success with traditional oral therapies.   From hormone replacement therapy to creams for neuropathic, muscular, and arthritic pain, Creative Care can work with your physician to find alternative treatment options that are tailored to your needs.  Creative Care is a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), a valuable resource that provides Creative Care with quality, tested ingredients and research to validate the compounds we create in our Compounding lab.

Creative Care is conveniently located in Edmond, OK close to the East Memorial and South Eastern intersection. With our individualized care and customer service model, you will wonder why you did not let our staff take care of your medication needs sooner!

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