Here is the longer version of the newsletter, with “click through” links for more information in many of the paragraphs

The Kidney & Bladder Edition

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Kidneys are important for clearing waste products out of our body.

Did you know they also have a key role in managing our blood pressure and making Vitamin D? And the kidneys produce a hormone that tells the body to make red blood cells – handy!

Learn more about your kidneys and how to keep them healthy on the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/livewell/kidneyhealth

Medicines and Dehydration

If you are vomiting, have diarrhoea or have a fever, sweats and shaking, your kidneys might not be getting enough water through them to work properly. Do you know which medicines you should stop if you are unwell?

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme has made an easy-to-read guide, which we can talk you through next time you are in the pharmacy. There is a reminder card as well, that fits in your purse or wallet. Even if you don’t take prescription medicines it might be handy to know what to do when your relatives / neighbours are unwell?

These are the medicines you should stop if you have symptoms that might make you dehydrated:

  • ACE inhibitors: a medicine for high blood pressure and heart conditions Examples: names ending in ‘pril’ such as lisinopril, perindopril, ramipril †
  • ARBs: a medicine for high blood pressure and heart conditions Examples: names ending in ‘sartan’ such as losartan, candesartan, valsartan †
  • NSAIDs: anti-inflammatory pain killers Examples: ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac †
  • Diuretics: sometimes called ‘water pills’ for excess fluid and high blood pressure Examples: furosemide, bendroflumethiazide, indapamide, spironolactone
  • Metformin: a medicine for diabetes.

What is the problem?
Taking certain medicines when you are dehydrated can result in you developing a more serious illness. These are:

  • ACE inhibitors, ARBs and NSAIDs: if you are dehydrated, these medicines can stop your kidneys working properly.
  • Diuretics: these medicines can make dehydration more likely.
  • Metformin: dehydration can make it more likely that you will develop a serious side effect called lactic acidosis.

What actions should I take?
If you develop a dehydrating illness, you should temporarily stop taking the medicines listed on this leaflet. It is very important that you re-start your medicine(s) once you have recovered from the illness. This would normally be after 24 to 48 hours of eating and drinking normally. When you re-start your medicines, just take them as normal: do not take extra for the doses you have missed.

If you are concerned at all or need some advice please use our contact details below:

Secure NHS email address for the pharmacy: nhsg.aberlourcp@nhs.net

Phone: 01340 871 279

Open Mon – Fri 9am – 1pm, 2pm to 6pm

Sat 9am to 1pm.

Organ Donor Register

Right now across the UK there are 6,500 people – including 150 children – living a life in limbo, waiting for a call that will change their lives.

Sadly a shortage of organ donors means too many people die before they get the transplant they need.

The couple of minutes you give to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register could lead to you saving lives in the future.

Having an illness or long term condition doesn’t prevent you from registering as an organ and tissue donor.  Even if you can’t donate your organs when you die, most people can still donate tissue.

As an organ donor you could save or transform up to nine lives.

Please discuss this subject with your family, so that when you die they will know what you wanted.

Read more at: www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Natracare towels, tampons and panty liners.

Aberlour Pharmacy Newsletter Jan 2017 Kidney Bladder We have finally, after years of searching, found a supplier of Natracare products. This is why we were so keen to stock them:

“Natracare stands for more than just organic and natural products. We are an award winning, ethical company committed to offering organic and natural solutions for personal health care that leave a soft footprint on the earth.”

Read more at www.natracare.com

We stock:
20 Organic Cotton Regular Tampons £2.99*
22 Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Panty Liners £2.99*
12 Normal Ultra Extra Pads. Plastic free, perfume free, chlorine free. Organic Cotton Cover. £2.19*
10 Super Ultra Extra Pads. Plastic free, perfume free, chlorine free. Organic Cotton Cover. £2.19*

(*Prices correct on 2nd Jan 2017, please contact the pharmacy for the latest prices.)

Tena – our sample pack

We have a sample of every Tena product, labelled up with its name and order code, in a box in the consultation room. This makes it so much easier to buy the right product – you can test how stretchy the pants are, feel how thick the pads are, see if the size is right.

The box is used most often when customers are caring for a relative who has had prostate surgery or is unwell and just can’t get to the loo in time. If we don’t have the right product in stock we can often get it in for the next day – the order cut-off for the main supplier we use is 3pm so try and come in the morning if possible.

Tena for Men: It’s more common than you think
1 in 4 men over 40 suffer from urine leakage. TENA is trusted by millions of them. We stock a range of Tena products designed especially for men. There are small triangular pads that stick inside underpants discretely, to catch dribbles. We also have stretchy pants (with an attractive striped pattern like Marks and Spencer’s pyjamas!) which give more security and protection.

Read more about Tena for Men here and remember that you can ask any member of the pharmacy team to show you sample products in the private consultation room. Do discuss bladder problems with your GP – we dispense at least 50 packs a month of capsules that get prostate glands to behave themselves.

NHS Grampian offer many different ways to get help with continence problems. You can see your doctor, practice nurse, district nurse or contact the Continence Advisory Service. Click here for more information.

Saw Palmetto

We stock A.Vogel Prostan capsules. They contain Saw Palmetto, a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve urinary symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Click here to find out more

Cystitis Test & Treat

The pharmacists at Aberlour Pharmacy can test and treat cystitis in women aged 16 to 65 years. There are a few exclusions: Diabetes, allergy to Trimethoprim, etc. If you think you have a urine infection come to the pharmacy and we will see what we can do to make you feel better. It helps if you can bring a fresh (in the last 30 mins) urine sample (around 25ml / 1 fl. oz) in a clean container.

Women under 16 years / over 65 years / pregnant, and cystitis in men are a bit more complicated – it’s the plumbing, apparently – so they are managed by doctors. If your medical centre is closed, come to the pharmacy and we’ll see if you need an appointment with the out-of-hours doctor. If you do, we can make the appointment for you.

You can read more about the symptoms, causes and treatments for cystitis on the NHS Choices website.

I’d love to hear from you

Karen Braithwaite

Karen Braithwaite

What subjects would you like me to cover in future newsletters?

What would you like us to stock in the pharmacy?

Do you have any ideas about how we could improve the services we offer?

Please tell me in the pharmacy, by phone or using the “contact us” link.

Thank you!

Karen