November 2019

What Is Complementary Medicine

Complementary medicine is defined as therapeutic techniques that are not part of conventional medicine, but what exactly does that mean? In simple terms it means using non-prescription products to help you acheive your disease management goals.

At the Springville and Holland Pharmacy's we offer a wide range of products and services that work with the medicine perscribed by your doctor to ensure you're getting the best care possible. Call or come in to discuss your medications and/or symptoms with us and let us help you feel your best!

Nearly 50% of WNYers Are Vitamin D Deficient

Here in WNY we love our community and we love our snow, but there are hidden dangers to cloudy days and cozy clothes. According to nutrition researcher Peter Hoorvath of the University at Buffalo nearly 50% of WNY residents are vitamin D deficient without even knowing it. This is because Vitamin D needs sunlight in order to be made in the body. If there is no sun to help out the body, Vitamin D will need to come from other sources, such as over the counter supplements sold at your local independent pharmacy. Vitamin D insufficiency can have a wide range of negative effcts throughout the body which include lower bone density, a weakened immune system, cognitive impairment and a higher risk of several diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Its clear that vitamin D plays a critical role in the body but there are certain groups of peole who are prone to higher deficencies such as pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly. If you or anyone you know belongs to these groups please come down to our pharmacy to speak with one of our Vitamin experts to ensure you are getting your recommended dose of Vitamin D and are living your healthiest life.

Vitamin Depletion Can be Caused by Prescriptions

Many common drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, can cause nutritional deficiencies that can add to already existing health problems. While these medications are vital for treating your ailments we want to ensure that you are not seeing unwarranted negative effects.

Drug-induced nutrient depletion is an important topic that our pharmacists have been trained on and continue to study. We know your medications and if they can cause nutrient depletion issues and will explain how you can supplement your routine with over-the-counter products to help you live your healthiest life. Data has revealed that 15 out of the top 20 prescription drugs in the United States are drugs that cause nutrient depletion. As shown below, millions of people are taking medications that may cause depletion of necessary nutrients in the body that are needed for daily function.

Commonly Prescribed Drugs that Can Cause Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Birth control pills
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-diabetic medications
  • Anti-hypertensive (blood pressure lowering)
  • Anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen, aspirin)
  • Anti-ulcer and Heartburn drugs (H2 blockers such as Prilosec, Nexium)
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Beta-blockers
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antibiotics

If you are on any of the above medications please stop by and have one of our experts review your medications and counsel you on what you need.