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HornerStanley Horner, DO

Dr. Stanley Horner is an Allergy/Immunology Specialist who recently joined the MHP Medical Group. 

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Deciphering Pregnancy Symptoms

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can also be full of surprises for first-time moms.

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Published Jun 22, 2017

Five Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or would like to see lower numbers, you’re not alone! In fact, about 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure. The scary thing is, only around half of those people have it under control! Not only does high blood pressure mean your heart is working harder to get blood flowing through your body, your risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death, increases.

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Published Jun 15, 2017

Harmful Drug Interactions

MHP Warns about Harmful Drug Interactions

As part of National Drug Facts week, Mahaska Health Partnership cautions seniors about hazardous drug interactions.

 

MHP Pharmacist John Agan said, “it’s important for all people to be familiar with the medicines they are taking. “As a person gets older, they are often prescribed numerous medications by multiple doctors for various conditions,” Agan explained. “If a patient does not disclose medications they are taking, they might be given something that could produce a negative drug interaction.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests creating a detailed list of all medication you are taking including prescription, over- the- counter, supplements and herbal. The list should include the name of the medicine, the doctor who prescribed it, how much and how often to take, instructions on how to take it, what it is taken for and the expected side effects.

Agan said an important thing patients can do to help their doctors is to keep a side effects log. “When you’re prescribed a new medicine, keep track of how it makes you feel and whether it had the desired outcome. From the log, your doctor may adjust your dose or try something different. Not all medicines work the same for all people.”

According to the FDA, body changes can affect how fast medicines enter the blood stream. “Changes in body mass can influence the amount of medicine you need and how long it stays in your body,” Agan explained.

The FDA also suggests utilizing your pharmacist as a resource. They said a pharmacist can explain your medications, how and when to take it and what interactions may occur. “I always recommend patients use one pharmacy. That way, the pharmacist will have a list of all of your prescribed medications. When you are prescribed something new, you can ask the pharmacist to review your profile to check for possible interactions,” Agan stressed.

Taking medicine as prescribed is very important to a person’s overall health, however; if the doctor prescribes it without a complete medicine history, it may not produce the intended results. To find out more about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.