The Benefits of Probiotics

The Benefits of Probiotics

With many people constantly chasing after the proverbial “magic bullet” for general improvement of one’s health, it’s hard not to believe the outrageous claims made by pharmaceutical companies when trying to push their new products. Probiotics are marketed not only for general gastrointestinal health associated with “regularity” but also for the treatment or prevention of many conditions: Antibiotic-associated diarrhea, allergies, cholesterol, c. diff infections, irritable bowel syndrome, and necrotizing enterocolitis to name a few. Probiotics have been on pharmacy shelves for decades and much research has been done on these organisms, yet much remains to be proved.
Our bodies work to maintain a balance of organisms within organs and tissues. In our gastrointestinal tract these organisms help to metabolize food, absorb nutrients, and prevent infection. Our normal flora contains hundreds of species bacteria, fungi, and parasites. These organisms are referred to as “probiotics”. Some of the common probiotics include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis. Each of these probiotics are available in many of the popular probiotic brands on pharmacy shelves. Some are even available in combination products with other probiotics. There are also foods containing probiotics, including yogurt. Look for “contains live active cultures” on food packages to find other foods containing these organisms. All probiotics are not created equally and some may be more beneficial than others for the treatment and prevention of certain conditions.
One of the most commonly recommended uses for probiotics is for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Taking a probiotic is thought to replenish the good bacteria in the gut that may be eliminated by antibiotics, thereby preventing the over colonization of harmful bacteria. Studies show that people who take a probiotic along with antibiotics have a reduced risk of 42-47% of developing diarrhea. Another way of looking at it is that about 8 people need to be treated to prevent 1 additional case of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces, and Bifidobacterium species are among the top probiotics to help prevent this.
Unfortunately, unlike the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, there is no reliable data that shows that taking probiotics on a regular basis helps to maintain “regularity”. It is thought that probiotics are generally safe to take with little side effects to worry about. Sepsis has been reported on patients who are severely ill or immunocompromised, and therefore should be used with caution. Claims that combination products are more beneficial that single bacteria containing products has also not been validated. Lastly, there have not been any reputable head-to-head studies comparing different strains of probiotics.
For each person beginning a probiotic, the risks and benefits need to be weighed. Consult a doctor or pharmacist to consider if a probiotic is likely to help your condition and to help steer you to the the correct strain.

Proper Drug Disposal | Hyde Drug Store

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse.

A safe option for consumers to dispose of unneeded medicines is to transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the DEA. DEA-authorized collectors safely and securely collect and dispose of pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances and other medicines. Hyde Drug Store is the only DEA-authorized collector in Lawrence County. Just come in and dispose of your unused or unneeded medications in our onsite drop-box and we can safely and securely dispose of them.

Medicine take-back programs are another good way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events where collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Local law enforcement agencies may also sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. Likewise, consumers can contact their local waste management authorities to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for their area.

If you are unable to make it to medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors, most medicines can be disposed of in the household trash:

  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

There is a small number of medicines that may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal with just one dose if they are used by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. To prevent accidental ingestion of these potentially dangerous medicines by children, or pets, it is recommended that these medicines be disposed, not in the trash like most medications, but quickly through a medicine take-back program or by transferring them to a DEA-authorized collector. If these disposal options are not readily available, it is recommended that these medicines be flushed down the sink or toilet as soon as they are no longer needed. Contact your pharmacist for the list of medications that should be disposed in through these means.

If you have any questions regarding proper drug disposal, please contact Hyde Drug Store for any questions or concerns.

Old School Remedies are Back on the Shelves | Hyde Drug Store

Old School Remedies are Back on the Shelves

Ichthammol Ointment or otherwise known as “black salve,” is an ointment used to treat skin disorders. It is often used to draw out splinters and can also be used on boils to alleviate pain and help drain the pus. Ichthammol Ointment also has antibacterial, antimycotic, and anti-inflammatory elements that help contribute to the healing process.

Brioschi is only made in Italy and back on our shelves through Italian supermarket suppliers for a limited time. It is often used as an antacid, and is commonly used as a dinner mint of sorts after consuming a meal.
“Brioschi is a refreshing and thirst quenching beverage mix. Brioschi dissolves quickly and evenly when placed in a glass of water. Ingredients include: sugar, baking soda, malic acid, glucose syrup, natural lemon flavor (dehydrated lemon juice), FD&C Blue No. 2.” (www.brioschi.com)

Stop in to Hyde Drug Store to try these old school remedies that are back on the shelves!

Please consult Pharmacist George Stefanis or Spero Stefanis Pharm. D. at Hyde Drug Store with additional information, questions, and concerns.