By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – The Voice of Medication – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC
One of the most common disorders that affect patients in the community is headaches. Headache pain can be so intense; it will literally render people unproductive. There are times people can’t get out of the bed because of the pain. It gets so bad that people miss work, school, and sometimes need emergency care because the pain is disabling. However, there is a large number of nonprescription options; if used appropriately will provide relief and alleviate the associated headache pain so people can continue living productive and active lives. One of the questions I always received from patients seeking relief from a headache is, “How do I know which headache I have and which option to choose?” The answer exists only in the characteristics of the headache and with any symptoms associated with the headache. So below I briefly discuss the different types of headaches patients experience and list some of the most common treatment strategies used to achieve relief from a headache.
By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC
Increasingly, there is a major shift taking place in today’s society involving the way in which people manage their health. There is a growing percentage of “do-it-yourselfers;” meaning people with access to enough information and past experience to make personal health decisions. This “do-it-yourselfer” self-care group can be divided into two general and sometimes overlapping categories: the ‘disease prevention’ do-it-yourself group and the ‘sickness’ do-it-yourself group. There are people looking to prevent disease by themselves and there are people looking to take care of themselves after they’ve become sick. There is tremendous opportunity to strengthen the existing relationship with these empowered patients as they are in the process of preserving and re-inventing their health. The question on everybody’s mind is; “What are the key benefits of tapping into your health independence?” Here are a few of many benefits of self-care as follows: saving time, saving money, gaining access to comprehensive care and the ability to focus on things that really matter in life. The pharmacy is a popular destination for the self-care patient. In the pharmacy patients discover a lot of high quality and highly effective options to treat and manage their minor symptoms and diseases. The pharmacist, well-informed of these options; evaluate and assess patients thoroughly before making recommendations from three (3) major categories for self-medication: (1) nonprescription (OTC) medications, (2) nutritional dietary supplements, and (3) natural and homeopathic remedies. With these options, pharmacists discuss strategies and offer recommendations to the do-it-yourselfer patient to ensure you find what you are looking for and also remain safe at the same time. As pharmacists, we become a vital resource in these patient’s lives.