February 7, 2018

February 2018



No one wants to sit on the sidelines because of pain, whether it’s on the field or at home. Pain can be a mysterious thing, and too many sufferers either just deal with the pain or stick with generic over-the-counter medications that may not effectively ease their pain. Sports injuries can have long-term effects on the body, even if an injury or repeated trauma happened when you were a young quarterback or volleyball player in high school. Some sports injuries occur because of the overuse of a part of the body—such as tennis elbow—while other injuries come from trauma and some can even occur from overexertion. When pain from a sports injury plagues you, it can put a halt on everything in your life.While many over-the-counter pain meds can treat short-term pain, chronic pain should be handled by the professionals. By working with JJ’s Prescription Specialties, healthcare providers can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for each patient’s pain management needs. Patients can receive alternate dosage forms that work best with their body, such as topical gels, creams or sprays applied directly to the site of the pain, custom-flavored troches that dissolve under the tongue, nasal sprays or suppositories. In many cases, multiple medications can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound. Compounded medications can offer the pain sufferer a better quality of life by more effectively treating their specific pain, such as:

• General pain
• Rheumatoid arthritis or joint pain
• Plantar fasciitis
• Migraines
• Muscle cramps
• Mouth pain
• Muscle spasms
• Neuropathic pain
• Bone pain
• Amputation pain
• Inflammatory pain from injury

Jackie Stewart is one of the three pharmacists at JJ’s Prescription Specialties, and she is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. She has 20 years of pharmaceutical experience and has been a part of the JJ’s Prescription Specialties family for 12 years. Jackie works closely with patients and physicians to determine the best treatment options that will optimize our patients’ overall health and wellness.

This year’s flu season is no joke. USA Today said that the 2018 flu season is particularly bad because both influenza A and B strains are circulating at the same time. Also, the CDC reported that flu vaccines are showing to be only about 36% effective this year—which is still better than 0%—and it seems like urgent care centers are filling up with flu cases. But there are still ways to help keep the dreaded flu at bay. Wash your hands regularly, limit contact with sick people, get a flu shot and try Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic medicine that can temporarily relieve flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Come by JJ’s Prescription Specialties to get yours now before your family gets hit by the flu.

Anemia is usually defined as a decrease in number of red blood cells (RBC’s) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. Because hemoglobin normally carries oxygen from the lungs to the body, anemia leads to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in organs. Since all human cells depend on oxygen for survival, varying degrees of anemia can cause a wide range of clinical problems. Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. There are several kinds of anemia produced by a variety of underlying causes. The three main classes include excessive blood loss, excessive blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or decreased red blood cell production. At Prescription Specialties, our team of medical professionals help patients manage their disease to live active, productive and fulfilling lives. We offer a full line of anemia medications including:

• Aransep
• Epogen
• Procrit

When it comes to dieting, we all need a little help. Dynamic Slender Drink Mix is now available at JJ’s Prescription Specialties, and it is a delicious drink that supports your body’s natural ability to burn fat. Dynamic Slender Drink is a nutritious superfood-packed dietary supplement that provides vital micronutrients, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and probiotics, which are shown to support lasting energy and healthy metabolism. Dynamic Slender Drink is available in strawberry kiwi or pink lemonade. The ingredients support overall health
as well as:

• Thermogenics to support healthy metabolic rate
• Support for healthy GI tract function and digestion
• Support for hormonal balance, healthy lipid profiles, energy levels, as well as immune system function
• Antioxidant capacity of over 10 servings of whole fruits and vegetables in just one scoop
• A way to naturally alkalize the body

Between pregnancy, menstrual cycles and menopause, it seems like women get the short end of the biological stick. Hormones dictate a woman’s body,
and they are the chemical messengers keeping her body in check. When hormones become imbalanced, it can affect her brain, heart, muscles and reproductive organs. Hormones commonly become unbalanced during perimenopause and menopause. During perimenopause, hormone levels go up and down because of fewer ovulations, which means less progesterone is produced. This can cause periods to become erratic, skipped or have heavy bleeding. When menopause happens, the ovaries no longer produce estrogen and there is a lack of progesterone in the body. While some women coast through menopause without symptoms, most women in their 40s and 50s experience hormone imbalance symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and increased irritability. At JJ’s Prescription Specialties, we can offer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is a way to restore balance and help women feel more like themselves again. Compounded BHRT can be adapted to fit each individual’s body and hormone level. Bio-identical hormones have the exact chemical structure of the hormones in the human body. The JJ’s team works with healthcare providers and patients to develop the best course of treatment to help the patient get the exact hormones her body needs. Hormones are prepared in a variety of strengths and dosage forms. While BHRT is most often prescribed for symptoms of menopause, it is also used to treat conditions in women of all ages, such as:

• Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Moodiness
• Infertility
• Postpartum depression
• Weight gain
• Endometriosis
• Fibrocystic breasts
• Sleep disturbances
• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Decreased libido
• Painful sexual intercourse
• Vaginal dryness

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