Men’s Health Update

In CategoryHealth News, In the Media, Lehan Drugs News, Pharmacy
ByLehan Drugs

Lehan’s Drugs is excited to announce a FREE patient education seminar on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 focused specifically on men’s health issues.  We are dedicated to providing you with information to improve your quality of life.  Please join us for this exciting event!  We have a special guest that has dedicated his medical practice to treating Men’s Health issues:

Dr. Joseph Banno, M.D. is the nation’s leading Men’s Health urologist from Peoria, Illinois.  He is a senior partner in a multi-specialty urology practice called Midwest Urology Group.  Over the past 35 year, Dr. Banno has developed a Men’s Health specialty clinic and continues to educate patients on ways to improve their quality of life.  He treats all aspects of erectile dysfunction and offers satisfactory solutions including a minimally invasive procedure with a guaranteed erection every time!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Banno to DeKalb!

Dr. Banno

What:  Men’s Health update

Topics include:  Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and low testosterone (low-T)

When: September 18th, 2014

5:30 registration | 6:00 presentation 

Where:  1407 South Fourth St., DeKalb IL

Call: 309 202 3547 or email dj@lehandrugs.com to reserve your spot

A patient advocate will be present to discuss his personal story and how finding a solution to his men’s health issues changed his life.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Hormone Replacement Therapy

In CategoryLehan Drugs News, Pharmacy
ByJim

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Are you curious about hormone replacement therapy?  Did you know that Lehan’s is able to compound your bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) locally in the DeKalb/Sycamore community?

What is BHRT?

BHRT, or Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy, is when your physician prescribes hormones chemically identical to the ones found in your body to treat your condition. The practitioner’s goal in BHRT is often to restore hormones to the normal physiologic levels of a younger individual, so that those hormones can continue to confer the scientifically proven benefits established in decades of medical literature. Our Lehan’s pharmacists work with YOU and YOUR PHYSICIAN to help you achieve the level of hormone balance your body requires.

What is Bioidentical?

The term “bioidentical” indicates that the chemical structure of the replacement hormone is IDENTICAL to that of the hormone that exists intrinsically in the body. Lehan’s specializes in all types of BHRT and dosage forms, including capsules, creams, gels, troches, and more.

Call Lehan’s at 779-545-2277 or email info@lehandrugs.com  for more information or to schedule a one on one consultation to discuss your hormone replacement therapy options.   We are work closely with practitioners in the DeKalb and Sycamore community who support your decision to balance your hormones bioidentically!

Yours in Health,

The Team at Lehan’s

 

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Pet Medications

In CategoryLehan Drugs News, Pharmacy
ByJim

At Lehan’s, we understand that your pets are also part of your family.  We also understand that getting your pet to take medication can often be a difficult experience for owner and animal.  Our staff will patiently work with you and your veterinarian to make giving medicine to your pet a pain-free experience.

Did you know that we offer compounded preparations for animals large and small, common and exotic?  We can transform ordinary medicines into topically applied gels, animal-friendly flavors, and even treats!  No need to order your medicine from out-of-state anymore!  You can receive your medications right here from our locations in DeKalb, Sycamore, or Rockford.  Ask our pharmacists about:

  • Ear and Eye Drops
  • Transdermal gels
  • Flavored liquids
  • Capsules
  • Animal treats or pastes

We look forward to helping you keep your furry family members healthy and happy!  Call 779-423-0542 or visit www.lehandrugs.com for more information!

Yours in Health,

The Team at Lehan Drugs

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Medication Compounding

In CategoryPharmacy, Product Info
ByJim

At Lehan’s we have the expertise and experience to be your local medication compounding experts in DeKalb, Sycamore and the surrounding communities in northern Illinois!  Led by Jon Lehan, PharmD, our compounding team is able to meet all of your customized medication needs including hormone replacement therapy, pain management, dermatology, veterinary and much more!

Curious if medication compounding could help you?  Keep reading!

What is compounding?

Prescription compounding is when a  pharmacist, working closely with the patient and physician, prepares a “customized” medication.  At Lehan’s compounding pharmacy, we prepare medicines in our state-of-the-art compounding laboratory, using the latest techniques and equipment. Our pharmacists are here to help solve problems and make sure you and your loved ones get the medicine you need.

Why compounding?

Compounded medications help our patients receive the type of personalized care they deserve.  By working closely with physicians and patients, compounding allows our patients to achieve maximum benefit from their medications.

Who benefits from compounding?

It may come as a surprise what compounded medications can do for your health:

  • You are allergic to preservatives or dyes
  • You need medication in a strength unavailable from traditional drug manufacturers
  • You need help improving the flavor of your medicine
  • You are interested in a medicine that isn’t available from a traditional drug manufacturer
  • You would prefer to treat certain painful conditions with creams or gels, instead of pills
  • You could benefit from an alternate method of taking your medicine, such as – topical transdermal creams and gels, sublingual tablets, or dissolving troches – flavored lollipops – medicated lip balms – customized capsules – suppositories – oral flavored suspensions and solutions – and much more

Can our compounding services benefit you?

Consider our expertise for..

  • Customized Hormone Replacement
  • Postpartum Needs
  • Men’s Health
  • Aging
  • Flavoring
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Neuropathies
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Exercise/Sports Medicine
  • Hospice Needs
  • Pets/Veterinary Medicine
  • Autism
  • Oral Lesions
  • Dental Needs
  • Wound Therapy
  • Wrinkles and Age Spots

Call us at 779-423-0542 for more information or to schedule a one on one appointment to discuss medication compounding today!

Flu Shots!

In CategoryHealth News, Lehan Drugs News, Pharmacy
ByBriana

Did you know that over 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to flu related illnesses?  Protect yourself!  Stop in to Lehan Drugs as we are currently administering the flu vaccine at both our Dekalb and Sycamore locations during all regular business hours.  Appointments are not required.  See you soon!

http://www.lehandrugs.com/pharmacy/vaccinations.html

Yours in Health,

The Team @ Lehan Drugs

Fish Oil – Are you getting enough Omega-3’s?

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy, Product Info
ByJon

What Are Omega-3’s?

Omega 3’s are a type of fatty acid required by the human body to function properly. Our bodies cannot make Omega 3’s on our own, so humans must consume fish oil through the diet or with supplementation.

There are two types of omega 3’s:  DHA and EPA. Both are found naturally in fish.

 

 

The Uses and Dosing of Fish Oil (Omega-3s)

When determining the correct dose of fish oil for omega-3s, you must read the label carefully.  The front label of most products will say “Fish Oil 1,000mg” however this is NOT the amount of omega-3s in the product.  Omega-3s are only a portion of the fish oil capsules and are the ingredient directly responsible for supporting vital health processes.

Fish oil products should have labeling to describe the amounts of omega-3s (DHA + EPA) in the capsules.   The “serving size” may be listed as 1 or 2 capsules, depending on the product selected.  This is important in determining the cost of taking fish oil, as serving size differs from product to product.

*As you can see from this example, although each capsule is 1,000mg, only 300mg are the DHA and EPA!*

The most common uses of fish oil are to support healthy cholesterol (primarily high triglycerides), blood pressure support, prevention of secondary cardiovascular events, cardiovascular support, and support of brain function. The chart below describes how dosing may differ based on medical literature available for each condition.

 

Most Common Uses

Recommended dosing of omega-3s (EPA plus DHA)

High cholesterol

(primarily triglycerides)

2000-4000mg daily

High Blood Pressure

3000-4000mg daily

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention

2000mg dailiy

Heart Disease

1000mg daily

Summary of Scientific Evidence:

High Cholesterol (primarily triglycerides):   There is strong evidence that omega-3s help in reducing triglyceride levels.  On average, omega-3s reduce triglyceride levels by 27mg/dl.

High Blood Pressure: There is strong evidence that omega-3s support small reductions in blood pressure.

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention: There is strong evidence that omega-3s reduce the risk of heart attacks and death in patients who have previously had a heart attack or stroke.

Other theoretical (unproven) benefits:

Arthritis/inflammatory disorders

Dementia

Auto-immune disorders

Asthma

If you have additional questions about fish oil, talk to one of our pharmacists today!

Yours in Health,

Jon Lehan, Pharm D

 

Influenza Vaccine (aka “The Flu”) Q&A

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy
ByBriana

What is Influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness which presents as a range of symptoms from mild to severe. One common misconception of influenza is that it is synonymous with the stomach flu. Influenza and the stomach flu are two separate, unrelated conditions, and the yearly influenza vaccine does not prevent the stomach flu. Today’s blog will focus on influenza.

How can I contract Influenza?

Influenza is transmitted through droplets of moisture such as from sneezing or coughing. People can contract influenza at any time throughout the year, but it usually occurs between the months of October and May, with the largest number of infections occurring in January and February.

What are the symptoms of Influenza?

The condition can present as a variety of symptoms and can be easily confused with other health conditions. Some of these symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, fever/chills, cough or runny/stuffy nose. Most people recover within a week of becoming ill.

Types of Influenza Vaccines

  • Influenza Shot: this is the inactivated vaccine and is what most people will receive when they become vaccinated.
  • Influenza Spray: this is the weak, active form of the virus that is administered via a nasal spray.
  • High-Dose Vaccine: this is four times the dose of the normal vaccine and is specifically for people age 65 and older, but has an increased incidence of side
    effects.

Who should get the Influenza Vaccine?

The CDC recommends that all people older than 6 months of age should receive the vaccine on a yearly basis. While young children and people over the age of 65 have the highest rate of infection, pregnant women or people with certain health conditions such as a weakened immune system, or lung, kidney, or heart disease can become very sick if they contract the virus.

Why should I get the Influenza Vaccine every year?

Viruses are continuously changing, and as they change, they are classified as different strains. Before the vaccines are made every year, scientists try to match the vaccine to the top three strains they believe will circulate for a given year. Receiving a flu vaccine every year ensures optimal protection from the most recent influenza strains.

When should I get the Influenza Vaccine?

You should receive the influenza vaccine as early as it is available, but it is never too late to receive it. The earlier you receive it, the sooner you are protected from the virus. Once you have been immunized, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to begin working, and the protection lasts for one year or longer for the included strains.

Who should NOT get the Influenza Vaccine?

  • People who are severely allergic to eggs
  • People who have had a major allergic reaction to a previous influenza vaccine
  • People who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • People who are moderately to severely ill (these people should wait until they are feeling better)

What risks are associated with the Influenza Vaccine?

There are minimal risks associated with the influenza vaccine. The most common complaint is an injection site reaction. This may include pain, soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was administered. Additionally, some people may notice aches, headache or fatigue after receiving the vaccine. These symptoms usually occur soon after receiving the vaccine and subside within 1 to 2 days.

Posting by Samantha Keca, PharmD Candidate, UIC-Chicago

Vitamin D and Sunscreen

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy
ByJon

Swimming pools, barbeques, baseball games, golf… summer is in full swing and for many of us that means spending more time outside in the sun.  At this point, most of us are aware of the benefits of using sunscreen. In addition to preventing painful sunburns, sunscreen also appears to decrease the risk of certain skin cancers and helps prevent sun-related aging.  Unbeknownst to many sunscreen users is that these products also prevent the body from making adequate amounts of the hormone vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is found in a variety of plant and animal food sources, as well as vitamin supplements and fortified dairy products.  The fact is, the body most efficiently creates the majority of its vitamin D requirements through exposure to ultraviolet rays (sunlight).  Cholesterol in the skin is exposed to UV light, and it is transformed through a metabolic pathway to the hormone, vitamin D.  A mountain of research has shown the importance of vitamin D in supporting a variety of healthy processes in the body. These include maintaining healthy bones, optimizing brain function, supporting healthy pregnancies, and more.

Our modern lifestyles have moved us indoors and stressed the use of sunscreen, removing us from the most natural source of vitamin D. The resulting epidemic of low levels of vitamin D has been associated with increased risks of cancer, mental illness, and poor bone health, among other things.  One set of epidemiologists estimated that maintaining healthy vitamin D levels in Europeans would save their health care system billions at the rate of $1346 per person every year!1

Vitamin D may also aid in cancer prevention. One study found healthy vitamin D levels reduced the risk of developing breast cancer.  Women who were exposed to the highest vitamin D levels were 50% less likely to develop breast cancer compared to those in the study who were not receiving adequate vitamin D.2  It also appeared that women who had high vitamin D exposure during the adolescent years were 25-45% less likely to develop breast cancer.3

With this in mind, it is extremely important to ensure that you are receiving enough vitamin D, especially if you are not exposed to sunlight on a regular basis.  According to the Vitamin D Council, if adults and adolescents are not exposed to sunlight regularly, research indicates supplementation with 2-5,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily. 4  To obtain this amount, one would need to consume at least 20 glasses of milk per day or take 10 standard multivitamin tablets.

The skin is capable of producing approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D in response to 20–30 minutes of full summer sun exposure (no sunscreen) — 50 times more than the US government’s recommendation of 200 IU per day!  Why the big difference?  It turns out the recommended daily allowance is what is required to prevent a disease called rickets (softening of the bones), not what is required to keep other body processes functioning properly.

Come in for a consultation with one of our pharmacists to determine if you are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.  We can help you increase your intake of vitamin D through quality, bioidentical vitamin D supplements to ensure that you are getting all that you need for optimal health. 

For more extensive information on Vitamin D, visit http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

Yours in Health,

Jon Lehan, PharmD

 1. William B Grant, William B. Grant, Heide S. Cross, Cedric F. Garland, Edward D. Gorham, Johan Moan, Meinrad Peterlik, Alina C. Porojnicu, Jorg Reichrathe, Armin Zittermann, Estimated benefit of increased vitamin D status in reducing the economic burden of disease in western Europe, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, March 4 (2009) 1–10.

2. Garland CF, et al. The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention. American Journal of Public Health 2006;96:252-258.

3. Knight JA, et al.  Potential reduction in breast cancer risk associated with vitamin D.  Proceedings for the American Association for Cancer Research, Volume 47: 2006.  Abstract #4009.

4. http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/treatment.shtml

**UPDATE**
There have been recent recommendations by the Environmental Working Group on sunscreens.  To read the full report and help select a sunscreen, visit http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/full-report/

Join in the fight with Lehan Drugs and the National Community Pharmacists Association to protect your right to use community pharmacies.

In CategoryPharmacy
ByTim

I believe the choice to use a community pharmacy over a mail-order pharmacy should belong to patients, not the insurance companies.  This view is also shared by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).  I will be joining NCPA and other community pharmacists in Washington D.C on May 10th to discuss this with lawmakers.  Community pharmacies are vital partners in ensuring optimal care for our patients.  Many pharmacies, like ourselves, offer a variety of programs and services in addition to filling prescriptions, such as Medication Therapy Management (MTM), immunizations, health screenings, home medical equipment and services, and more.  Community pharmacists are just that: members of the communities we serve.  We are committed to our patients; we hope to form long-lasting relationships built on trust and the mutual desire to improve health and quality of life.  When patients are forced to fill prescriptions through mail-order pharmacies, these strong ties are severed, and the quality of care is reduced.

The now-common trend with prescription insurance coverage is the ability to fill and pay for a three month supply of medications at one time.  However, many patients are being told they can only receive this benefit through mail-order pharmacies.  Patients still have the ability to fill their medications at their local community pharmacies, but are often penalized with a higher payment.  This is not surprising.  Insurance companies and PBM’s (pharmacy benefit managers) own these mail order pharmacies and use leverage to steal patients away from local pharmacies.  The result: billions in profits for PBM’s (that’s right: billions) without regard to the effect it has on patient care and health outcomes.

Lehan Drugs wants to give you a voice in Washington to help shape the future of pharmacy in America.  I truly believe that community pharmacists are in the strongest position to ensure patients receive the attention that is needed for successful health outcomes.  I will be attending meetings in Washington in May to discuss this issue with our country’s leaders.

If you would like to join the fight to ensure your right to use the pharmacy of your choosing, visit www.Fight4Rx.org.

Tim Lehan, RPh

 

Here’s a little more information on NCPA’s campaign to protect your right to use your local pharmacy:

NCPA Launches Fight4Rx Online Grassroots Community

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched Fight4Rx.org, which is dedicated to recruiting and transforming patients into grassroots activists for community pharmacies by educating them on the vital role pharmacists play and the serious challenges they face in the delivery of health care.

America’s patients and their families greatly value their community pharmacists and the personalized services they provide,” said Bruce T. Roberts, RPh, executive vice president and CEO of NCPA. “Fight4Rx patients will have a new forum during the health care reform debate in Washington, DC. They will be able to research issues and speak directly to their legislators about key concerns affecting their access to prescription medication and services by their local community pharmacies.”

Although the health care bill has passed, debate and changes will continue.  Fight4Rx includes issue briefs on pharmacy patient issues, Medicare and health care news updates, and a video blog on the home page (www.Fight4Rx.org) with regular updates from pharmacy industry experts. Patients will receive a monthly e-mail newsletter that will update them on key pharmacy issues and news about the latest breaking news. When necessary, Fight4Rx will encourage patients to contact their elected officials (via a 1-800 number or e-mail).

I believe the Fight4Rx online community will lead us to fair and common-sense health care policies in the United States by empowering patients to let their voices be heard in establishing the pharmacy home of their choice,” said Holly Henry, RPh, NCPA president and Seattle, Washington pharmacy owner.

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898, represents the nation’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation’s independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org.

Medications and Nutrient Depletion Part II

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy
ByJon

As promised, here are some very commonly prescribed drugs, and a little about how they can affect a patient’s nutritional status and overall health.   

Acid reducing medicines (Omeprazole, Prevacid, Zantac, Nexium, etc.)

 It seems to me that acid-reducing medications are prescribed more and more often, for a variety of conditions.  They are certainly one of the most commonly prescribed medicines we dispense.  I’m sure you don’t go a day or two without being exposed to an advertisement for Prilosec or Prevacid.  These medicines can relieve discomfort, cure ulcers, and protect the stomach from other medications.

These medicines also affect the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.  The digestive system has been calibrated over the centuries to efficiently absorb nutrients from food, processes which may be dependent on the pH, or acidity in the gut.  There are several essential vitamins and minerals that might be affected.  

These include:

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin D

  • Folic Acid

  • B-12

 Of special note is vitamin D.  A mountain of recent research has shown the importance of vitamin D in supporting a variety of healthy processes in the body.  Low levels are associated with increased risks of cancer, mental illness, and poor bone health, among other things. Vitamin D is obtained in the diet, and through exposure to sunlight.

 In northern areas, such as ours, we don’t have the benefit of sun exposure many months out of the year.  If you’d like to learn more about Vitamin D, check out www.vitamindcouncil.com for more information, or contact a Lehan’s pharmacist.

 Antibiotic therapy (Levaquin, Amoxicillin, etc.)

Antibiotics have revolutionized healthcare, saved countless lives, and battled some of the most deadly diseases known to man.

 They are also quite effective in destroying the microbes in our intestines that we rely on for proper digestion, intestinal health, vaginal health, and even proper functioning of our immune systems.

Supplementing with a high-quality probiotic helps maintain the correct intestinal flora and can prevent antibiotic side effects.  Ask one of our pharmacists how to tell the difference between higher and lesser quality products to ensure you are getting optimal benefit.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs (“Statins” i.e. Lipitor, Crestor, Simvastatin, Lovastatin, etc.)

Statins, or HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors, lower cholesterol.  There is evidence they can improve cardiovascular health and reduce major health events.

 They also deplete Coenzyme Q10.  CoQ10 is a substance vital for normal functioning of the mitochondria, or the “engines,” in every cell of our body.  Healthy levels of coenzyme Q10 are critical in supporting the normal functioning of those energy pathways.  One patent application by a major drug manufacturer for their product references this depletion, and even goes so far to recommend replacement for all patients!

There are other benefits from taking taking CoQ10.  A review of clinical trials in 2007 also showed CoQ10 may help lower blood pressure..

 Note: Coenzyme Q10 is not well absorbed when taken orally.  Certain formulations can provide more efficient absorption.  Ask one of our pharmacists for recommendations.

 Beta blockers (atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, etc.)

 These medicines help control blood pressure, heart rate, and can improve survival in certain chronic heart conditions.

 They also reduce levels of coenzyme Q10, and they deplete melatonin, a hormone vital in the normal functioning of our sleep-wake cycle.

 We’ve provided you a very short list, and many other medications may cause nutritional deficiencies.  Sometimes nutritional supplementation with vitamins or minerals is an effective means to help combat drug-induced deficiencies.  Don’t hesitate to contact a Lehan’s pharmacist for more information, or for other recommendations to help you maintain optimal health and nutrition.