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March 20, 2015

Hello Kidney

In spite of our obvious play on the name of a fictional character, promoting continued kidney health is very REAL and very serious. March 2015 has been designated as National Kidney Month as an effort to raise awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting normal kidney function and to increase education about what can be done if you already have kidney disease.

As is true with many conditions, the best advice to avoid illness or injury to the kidneys is to have a good health routine. A few of the most important practices to protect your kidneys include controlling your blood pressure, staying hydrated, exercising, eating healthy and visiting your doctor annually.

Although kidney disease is said to have "no symptoms", changes in your day-to-day health that include shortness of breath and/or edema in the lower extremities could be signs of kidney disease. You would want to visit your health care provider immediately if you experience either of these.

Getting the proper amounts of some of water-soluble vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, cianocobalamine, and folic acid can be a challenge for people who have kidneys with less than optimum function. To avoid deficiencies of these vitamins for those patients supplements are often recommended.

Image of B Complex bottles At Walker's Drug Store, we have a wide variety of the B-complex vitamins readily available if those are suggested for you. Please visit our store where our pharmacists and staff will be happy to help with your supplement needs.

Of course, you should check with your health care provider BEFORE taking any medications, supplements or treatments.

One website we found with a wealth of information about kidney health is:
Please take a few minutes to visit it, too.

February 16, 2015

Have You Heard Melatonin May Help Relieve GERD?

There are more than 60 million Americans who reportedly experience acid reflux and/or chronic heartburn at least once per month. More than 25 million have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Are you one of those who suffer with GERD?

If you are hesitant to use the prescription medications called Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, you may find relief by using over-the-counter antacids. And/or, some life style changes may be beneficial. Those recommendations include: Elevating the head of the bed, weight loss (when applicable), avoiding meals two to three hours before bedtime, and avoiding (completely) food triggers such as fatty or spicy foods, caffeine, coffee, alcohol, and carbonated beverages.

A well known supplement has also been mentioned as an aid in relief of GERD. It is Melatonin. It seems to play a role in protecting the GI tract against mucosal damage. It might also increase lower esophageal sphincter tone and esophageal pH.

Patients who participated in the studies were given 3 mg once daily, at bedtime. Many people who take Melatonin - for whatever reason - report Melatonin tends to make them sleepy and, thus, it is generally recommended to be taken at bedtime.

Melatonin Time Release, 3mgAgain, the studies of melatonin's use to treat GERD are still considered to be "incomplete", at this time. As always, we recommend that you consult with your health care provider before taking any medications or supplements.

If you do find that melatonin relieves your gastroesophageal reflux, we have it in stock. Please visit our store to select the dosage and supplier that is just right for you.

It is our hope that you will continue to contact us for any and all of your pharmaceutical needs.

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