January 14, 2020

Ask Stapley Pharmacy: All of your pharmacy questions answered

Dear Stapley,

What is sterile compounding?

Dear Seeking Understanding in Washington,

Compounding is the combination of two or more traditional medications which are not being tolerated well in the traditional oral manner. Sterile compounding involves creating a pharmaceutical medication in an environment free from viruses, bacteria, or any other potentially infectious microorganisms. This type of compounding is used for medications that will be administered either through an IV, injection, or directly into the eyes.

Answered by Stacy Lamb, Pharm Tech (Stapley/C3)

Is my constipation due to my new medication?

Dear Constipated in Ivins:

Often constipation is caused by nutritional habits or lack of hydration, but can sometimes be affected by medications which have been prescribed by your medical provider. First, take a look at your water intake. A great calculation to decide how much water you need on a daily basis is your weight/2 = A (example 200 lbs/2=100 oz). Work on drinking that much water each day. In addition, add a single piece of fruit or unprocessed fiber into your diet each day. You should see results within a day or two. Generally, if your new medication is known to cause constipation, your favorite pharmacist will let you know. You can always use a laxative and we recommend you speak to your physician or favorite pharmacist for product recommendations. If the constipation persists, seek medical attention.

Answered by Chris Christensen, Pharm D (Stapley Dino)

Why do I have to get a flu shot every year?

Dear Barfy in Mesquite,

Influenza is a virus and like any virus, it mutates to cause as much havoc in your body as possible. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older, even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed from the previous season. The reason for this is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the “optimal” or best protection against the flu. Important to remember is that vaccines don’t ‘prevent’ the virus from attacking humans, but they can dramatically reduce the symptoms if one catches the flu. It is also important to acknowledge that the vaccine does not cause the flu. “Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ (killed) and that therefore are not infectious, or b) using only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing infection.” (CDC 12/04/19). We recommend getting your flu shot in early October each year; Please put it on your calendar.

Answered by Kelli Charlton, Director of Education

If you have a question for the Stapley team, please email the question to DearStapley@gmail.com

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