Discontinuing

Discontinuing Antidepressants

If you’ve been taking medication to treat depression and you’re feeling better, you may be wondering whether it’s time to quit your treatment. But before making this important decision you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist because discontinuing your treatment too soon can increase the risk of relapse. Ensure Your Stabilized Situation Is There…

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Treating

Treating Depression

Depression is not just a passing feeling of sadness or a sign of weakness of character. It is a disorder that causes a chemical imbalance in your brain which brings a deep feeling of despair that can affect every aspect of your life. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 8% of Canadians will experience…

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Seasonal

Seasonal Depression

  Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that affects 2 to 3% of Canadians. Symptoms tend to appear in the fall and winter, particularly in November, December and January. Seasonal depression is more common in areas that are further removed from the equator, where one's exposure to sunlight…

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Depression

Depression

Depression is more than just the occasional blues. This often-misunderstood disease is very real and affects 1 out of 5 people. What is Depression? Most people feel depressed at one point in their lives. Often, depression is a reaction to a particular life event, such as a death, separation, or job loss. This state is…

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Specialty

Specialty Compounding & Hormone Restoration Therapy

Specialty Compounding & Hormone Restoration Therapy Some pharmacies are trained and equipped to create individualized medication formulations to provide unique dosages or dosage forms to patients. Common products that we specialty compound here at our pharmacy are for hormone therapy. Hormone Restoration Therapy (HRT), also termed Hormone Replacement Therapy, is therapy designed to restore your…

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Women’s

Women’s Health – Part 4: Vaginitis

Vaginitis Have you ever experienced itching, irritation or abnormal vaginal discharge? About 3 out of 4 women suffer from vaginitis at least once in their lives. Discover the factors that can trigger this inflammation and how to treat it. What Is Vaginitis? Vaginitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the vagina. This…

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Women’s

Women’s Health – Part 3: Menopause

Menopause Menopause is a normal stage in all women’s lives, but it can be a difficult one for some. Read more to understand the effects of hormonal changes and learn how to relieve them as you go through this transition. What Is Menopause? Menopause is a normal body process that marks the end of fertility…

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Women’s

Women’s Health – Part 2: Endometriosis

Endometriosis The uterus, which is part of the female reproductive system, is where the fetus develops. The uterine wall is lined with a membrane called endometrium or endometrial tissue. In response to female hormones, the endometrium thickens every month in preparation for possible pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the built up lining is shed…

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Women’s

Women’s Health – Part 1: Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome For some women, the lead-up to their period is associated with uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms. The good news is that good lifestyle choices can help alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Learn more about how to manage your PMS. What Is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a range of physical and psychological…

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Medical

Medical Cannabis – What You Need to Know

Medical Cannabis   I recently read a very well-written online article in a popular science journal about the medicinal uses for cannabis, the research behind it, and the rationale for its legalization. I finished the article, read through the comments left under the post, and noticed that many health professionals had left negative comments about…

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All-Natural

All-Natural Topical Pain Creams and Rubs

Curious about all-natural topical pain creams and rubs? Do they work? Are they safe? Let’s have a review of some of the commonly used products and find out!   First up, we have Prairie Naturals MSM cream. MSM, which stands for methylsulfonylmethane, is a compound most often used for pain, although there is limited evidence for…

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