Pharmasave Smith Drugs

794 Colborne Street East Brantford, Ontario N3S 3S4 - View Map | Store Hours
Phone: 519.752.2892

Notes from the Pharmacist

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April 2014 - Cold Sores

Posted by Pharmasave Smith Drugs on Thursday, May 15, 2014,
The most common cause of cold sores is the HSV-1 virus.  This virus is contracted by most Canadians during childhood or adolescence and the vast majority of adults, up to 80%, are seropositive for HSV-1, but often without symptoms.  For those who develop occasional cold sores, episodes tend to be mild and self-limiting, but the impact on quality of life can be significant for those with frequent recurrences.  There are a number of common misconceptions about the cause, transmission and treatm...

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March 2014 - Pharmacist Awareness Month

Posted by Pharmasave Smith Drugs on Thursday, May 15, 2014,

As your pharmacist, I want to encourage each of you to be aware that we at Pharmasave Smith Drugs & Apothecary care about you and your health. In particular we care about your understanding of how your medications work and how they affect your physical or mental health.

We care about you, your health, and your privacy. Everyday our dispensary staff prepare your prescriptions with the utmost care. The accuracy of each prescription filled is always our primary concern. Beyond that, we also check...

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October 2013 - Pharmacy 101

Posted by Pharmasave Smith Drugs on Tuesday, December 3, 2013,
"The words just get in the way"
"Take this caplet 3 times daily on an empty stomach."
"Take this tablet twice a day, but not with dairy products"
"Take this antibiotic until finished" (but what happens if I have a bad reaction to it?)
Have you ever had questions about instructions like these? Have you always felt clear about what medicine to take and how to take it?  Often, instructions are given, but not always heard or understood.
Sometimes, we in the "pharmacy world" talk, assuming that we are...

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January 2013 - Mental Health Issues... Anxiety Disorders

Posted by Smith Drugs on Friday, January 11, 2013,

We all can feel anxious from time to time about various issues or incidents in our lives. Feeling anxious about having to speak in front of a group is quite normal for most people. Worrying about whether a certain person likes or dislikes you is a common source for concern. It is also normal to think about how close you might have come to having had a car accident when you were driving on an icy road.

Some level of anxiety can even be helpful. For example anxiety can help a person study harder...

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June 2012 - Facts on Stroke

Posted by Smith Drugs on Friday, June 1, 2012,

Stroke is a sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain, as a result of either an ischemic stroke (a blood clot) or a hemorrhagic stroke (a rupture of a blood vessel and bleeding into or around the brain). Approximately 80% of strokes are ischemic and 20% are hemorrhagic.


When the blood supply is interrupted, brain cells begin to die without oxygen-rich blood. If the blood supply is not restored soon, the affected part of the brain dies, causing disabi...

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November 2011 - Diabetes

Posted by Smith Drugs on Thursday, April 5, 2012,

The month of November is acknowledged as Diabetes month. Every November the world unites in support of a campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation to mark the birthday of the co-discovery of insulin – Sir Frederick Banting. This year is significant, because 2011 is the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. The number of Canadians with diabetes is estimated to be 2.7 million people (7.6% of the population) in 2010, and is projected to rise to 4.2 million (10.8% of the po...

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July 2011 - Total Knee Replacement

Posted by Smith Drugs on Thursday, April 5, 2012,

Is your pharmacist patient... a pain... or a pain?

Well, this pharmacist, Phil Smith has been all of these recently as I am currently recuperating after  TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT surgery. Yes, I am your pharmacist (along with the two Norms). Yes, normally I am quite patient. Yes, I am a patient of Dr. Woolfrey who has done a great job of surgery by replacing my arthritic bowed knee with a nice straight titanium one that can actually bend as well as straighten! Yes, ...

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March 2011 - Medication Records

Posted by Smith Drugs on Thursday, April 5, 2012,

It is important to review your personal medications with your pharmacist to ensure you are receiving full benefit of your medication to maintain and improve your health.  It is a good idea to create and update annually a best possible medication record during a medication review especially if you take several medications each day. It is particularly important to arrange a medication review/update with your pharmacist if:

  • You are planning to be admitted to hospital (in order to have an ...

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February 2011 - High Blood Pressure

Posted by Smith Drugs on Thursday, April 5, 2012,

What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of your blood against the blood vessel walls. The recommended target for 
people with diabetes is less than 130/80 mm Hg. The top number is the pressure when your heart contracts and pushes blood out (systolic). The bottom number is the pressure when the heart relaxes between beats (diastolic). For non-diabetic adults, normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 140/90 mm Hg. There are often no sym...

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*Please note that the content in 'Notes from the Pharmacist' is general information.

For specific information regarding these topics and your personal medical condition, please consult your physician*

Pharmasave Smith Drugs 

794 Colborne Street East Brantford, Ontario N3S 3S4 
Phone: 519.752.2892

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Sundays and Holidays: Closed

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