Convenient Pharmaceutical Service - Personal Touch
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 16:23

Personal Service

If you visit a pharmacy often, or even if you are one of the lucky few whose prescription drug needs are few and far between, it still can be a hassle to deal with big box pharmacy chains. Chances are, the pharmacists or pharmacy technicians they employ, and with whom you routinely interact, will not know you by name, nor may you know theirs. One might not realize the significance of this simple thing, until he or she meets someone in a local pharmacy who not only remembers his or her name, but her current and past prescriptions, her doctor’s name, perhaps even her birthday. It’s a rare treat which unfortunately today is becoming rarer still, especially when one can find a national drug store on virtually every major street corner.

Real Relationships

The days of local pharmacy patient-pharmacist relationships may be long gone—or they may not be, if you have the good fortune of living in the greater Savannah area. Lo Cost Pharmacy prides itself on its personal touch and concern for their customers. Unlike the big name pharmacies who operate with a minimial pharmacy crew, Lo Cost has a staff of several pharmacists and pharmacy staff available to answers your questions, listen to your concerns, and provide wise counsel. Our aim is to care for your health needs and earn your trust.

Abercorn Store Remodel
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:59

We would like to announce that our Abercorn Store is now completely remodeled and relocated to the opposite end of the building complex that we are located in. We are now on the corner directly opposite of the Carey Hilliard's Restaurant on Abercorn. There are two entrances: A set of automatic opening doors facing the restaurant and a single door facing Abercorn. Parking is available on either side. Come see us and our new, modern look !!

Pharmaceutical Instructions Are A Must- Follow
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:58

When it comes to following pharmaceutical instructions, it is essential that you listen to both your doctor and your pharmacist. Prescription medications need to be taken exactly the way they are supposed to be, even if they are inconvenient or difficult to remember. Your pharmacist should be aware of every medication that you are taking to make sure that the medications work together and not against each other. Most pharmacists double and triple check a prescription before giving it to the patient. If you do not explicitly follow the pharmacist's directions, you are putting yourself in danger.

Taking the wrong dosage or combination of medications can lead to illness or even death. Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from taking medicine incorrectly or, even worse, not taking prescribed medication at all. Write down what your doctor says about when and how you should take your medication. This will keep you from making what could be a tragic mistake. Make sure to ask questions of your doctor, pharmacist, or both if there are things about your medication you do not understand. You should also ask about any side effects the medication might cause.

Complying with pharmaceutical instructions is the best way to manage an illness or disease. The easiest way to make this happen is to be sure to fill all of your prescriptions at the same pharmacy. This way you will have one pharmacist dealing with your various medications and there is less margin for error than if you were to have your prescriptions filled at multiple pharmacies.

Lo Cost pharmacy, unlike most pharmacy chains, have several pharmacists on staff available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact one of our caring staff members if you have any drug related question.

Protect Your Family This Cold & Flu Season
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:33

It's that time of year again—cold and flu season. Even the most dedicated hand-sanitizers among us are bound to pick up something over the next few months. But there are things you can do to prevent infection ahead of time—and steps you can take to ensure that your medicine cabinet is stocked with the right products to get you on the road to recovery.

First, make sure that you're doing everything you can to avoid getting sick in the first place.Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential, as is getting regular exercise. Both will help boost your immune system and enhance your body's ability to fight off infections before they take hold. You should also plan on getting a flu shot. It's fast, inexpensive and practically painless.

Next, do a quick inventory of what supplies you currently have on hand for treating cold and flu symptoms. Discard any medicine that has expired, including prescription medications, and dispose of them properly. Make sure that you have a working humidifier on hand, as well as a good thermometer. Anything that needs to be replaced or replenished can go on your shopping list for the week. That way, you'll have everything on hand when the first sniffle hits.

If you're starting your cold and flu medicine cabinet from scratch, here's a great checklist that you can use to get the basics covered:

  • Decongestant: for nasal sinus congestion and pressure
  • Antihistamine: can relieve runny nose and sneezing symptoms
  • Saline spray: helps to loosen nasal mucus without the side effects of antihistamines
  • Pain relievers: used to treat chills, and head or body aches, as well as to reduce fevers
  • Throat lozenges: to soothe sore throats and quiet coughs

As with all medicines, it's important to understand possible side effects. Talk to the friendly and helpful pharmacists at Lo Cost Pharmacy about any medications (such as high blood pressure medicine) that you are currently taking. He or she will be able to provide you with advice on which products will work best given your symptoms, your health history and your current medications. And always be sure to use the medicine as directed—particularly with children's medications.

Following these few simple steps will get you ready for all the sneezing and coughing that cold and flu season can bring. Prepare now and protect your family by visiting us at Lo Cost Pharmacy where we care about you and your family's health!

Keeping Kids out of the Medicine Cabinet
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:21

When we think about child safety, we most often think about using seat belts and car seats, bicycle helmets, and crossing the street. We talk to kids about stranger danger and work out family emergency plans in case of a fire or earthquakes. But have you looked in your medicine cabinet lately?

According to Keep Your Child Safe, a child safety organization sponsored by the Global Children's Fund, about 100 children will die each year from an accidental poisoning. Another 115,000 will visit the emergency room, and poison control will receive more than one million phone calls. These numbers are staggering, considering how easy it is to keep children out of the medicine cabinet.

All homeowners — whether they have children or not — should take the basic precautions to protect kids from accidental poisonings from medications. Grandparents, daycare providers, family friends and others who routinely have children in their homes are just as responsible for protecting vulnerable children as parents.

  • Keep all medications out of reach of children. This includes keeping them in places where children can't climb. A curious child will find a way to get to those interesting bottles of pills and liquids.
  • Use child safety locks on all cabinet doors that contain medications. You can find these simple locks at your local drug store or pharmacy. There are a wide variety of locks available to fit just about any cabinet.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of poisoning and that taking medicine is just for when they are sick and only when an adult helps them.
  • Never refer to medications as candy. This only heightens a child's desire to gain access to where medications are stored so they can get this "treat."
  • Properly dispose of medications when they expire or when you are through using them.
  • Post the number for poison control on the refrigerator or family message center so in case a child does accidentally ingest medications, you can respond quickly.

Keeping children safe and out of the medicine cabinet takes just a few simple steps you can easily accomplish in one day. Visit your local drug store and talk with the clerks about what you can do to keep your medications safely out of reach of children.

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