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  • Do you want to QUIT smoking?

    There’s only one person who can decide to quit smoking, and that is you. Once you have made the decision to quit, or if you need some help making the commitment, we are here to help. Quitting doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen, and we know it’s not easy.

    At Hillcrest Pharmacy, our Pharmacists offer the support, education and helping hand you need to negotiate the path to being smoke-free. We believe that empowerment is the best way to help you to quit smoking so we offer a one-on-one ‘quit smoking’ counselling session in which we can identify your needs, talk you through the process and answer any questions and concerns you may have. If appropriate we can also provide you with nicotine replacement therapy.

     

    What is nicotine replacement therapy?

    Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is basically the products used to replace the nicotine (and curb your cravings).  Nicotine products include patches, lozenges, gum and inhalers.

    Nicotine Patches – Used everyday continuously (mostly). Use a new patch, and a new area of skin, each day and leave the patch on for 24 hours. Don't remove or reapply the patch. Press firmly in place with your palm and hold for 20 seconds. If you have vivid dreams when sleeping, remove the patch before you go to bed but apply a new one first thing in the morning.

    Nicotine Lozenges – Used for cravings. The lozenges should be sucked enough to release the flavour and then ‘park’ it between your gums and cheek to release the nicotine. Some people don’t like the taste at first, but you do get used to it.

    Nicotine Gum – Used for cravings. The gum should be chewed once or twice to release the taste and then ‘park’ it between your gums and cheek to release the nicotine. Some people don’t like the taste at first, but you do get used to it.

    Nicotine Inhaler – Used for cravings. This replaces the hands-to-mouth action of a cigarette.

     

    Medications available to stop smoking

    Champix®

    A tablet that is taken to help reduce craving and withdrawal symptoms that may happen when you stop smoking. A quit date is set for 2 weeks after you start Champix® and even though you can smoke past this time, Champix® will reduce your enjoyment of cigarettes if you smoke past this date.  Champix® is a prescription medicine and you will need to talk to your doctor about this.

    Zyban®

    Zyban® was first made to treat depression, but is useful to help quit smoking regardless of whether the person is depressed or not. As with Champix®, a quit date is set in the first 2 weeks of treatment. Often it can make you sleepy so care is required when driving or operating machinery. Zyban® is a prescription medicine and you will need to talk to your doctor about this.

    Nothing you use to quit smoking is magic, you have to be committed to quitting. But don’t feel alone, especially when things don’t go according to plan, we are here to help!

    The information contained on this site is not intended to be a replacement for medical advice or advice in relation to the health or care of any person. The information is generalised and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional clinical advice. If you have any questions relating to the information you should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. The information is derived from a number of sources. Remadee has endeavoured to ensure that all information is from reliable and reputable sources.

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  • Hayfever

    Hayfever is a common name for a condition called Allergic Rhinitis. About 20 per cent of the general population suffers from rhinitis. Of these people, about one third develops problems before the age of 10.

     

     

    It affects the eyes, nose and throat. Hayfever can occur at any time of the year, depending what you are allergic to. Allergy symptoms occur as a result of histamine being released by the body when it comes into contact with something the body recognises as ‘foreign’ (doesn’t belong in the body). The foreign substance triggers an allergic reaction. Common things that someone may be allergic to (allergens) can include dust mites, pollen (from differing types of plants) and mould spores.

    Signs and symptoms:

    Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be any combination of itching in the back of the throat, eyes or nose, sneezing, runny eyes or nose, and blocked nose.

    A person may have any or all of the following:

    • Sneezing
    • Blocked nose or runny nose
    • Itchy/watery eyes
    • Scratchy throat

    Products that help

    Depending on the symptoms, the following may help:

    • nasal sprays
    • decongestant eye drops
    • antihistamine tablets
    • natural supplements

    Antihistamines: How they work

    • bring relief from an allergic reaction
    • block histamine release, thus reducing the allergic reaction
    • take about 15 to 30 minutes to work, however if you wait until you have hayfever symptoms it may take 2-3 days to alleviate these
    • antihistamines are taken on a daily basis

    Choosing an antihistamine

    There are different types of antihistamines: first, second and third generation.  You can get antihistamine tablets or eye drops depending on your preference. There are also other products that may help alleviate the symptoms. The clinical team at Remadee will help you find the complete solution that is best for you.

    The clinical team at Remadee will help find the best solution for you.

    Daily pollen count

    The production of pollen depends on the time of day, time of year and temperature (among other things). The amount of pollen can also vary throughout the course of a day. Pollen is a trigger for hayfever and allergies, causing your body to release histamine.

    Pollen: It is difficult to avoid pollen, however you can avoid going outside when pollen counts are high. The amount of pollen in the air is highest:
    • In the morning
    • Outside
    • On windy days
    • After a thunderstorm

    The daily pollen count takes the above conditions into consideration to give an estimate of the severity of the pollen on a given day.

     

    Hay fever is a nuisance but it can be improved with self-treatment. To find your personalised solution to Hay fever come into Remadee and speak to one of our clinical team members.

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  • Let’s talk Sun Protection

    We all know that the sun can be harmful, having at some stage been sunburnt, tenderly rubbing in aloe-vera to lobster red skin.  But it is also important to understand the damage the sun is doing that can’t be seen.

     

     

    UVA – These are the rays that cause ‘aging’ and skin damage by penetrating deep into the dermis.  This damage shows up as you get older and presents itself as sunspots, pigmentation and premature lines/wrinkles and skin cancers.  UVA rays are always present, rain or shine and are so powerful that can penetrate clothing and glass.

    UVB –  These rays are responsible for the ‘burn’ we experience from the sun.   Our skin makes Vitamin D from small amounts of UVB, but in larger quantities they cause sunburn and contribute to the majority of skin cancers.   UVB rays get stronger in summer and they can reflect off snow and water.

    Did you know while the sunscreen in your moisturiser or makeup can be beneficial, it does not give you adequate protection from the sun.  The sun in New Zealand is incredibly harsh. The combination of increased UV radiation from the sun, extreme and changeable weather conditions, which dry out your skin making it burn more easily, and our love of the outdoors in New Zealand mean that we need to really take care to apply the right sunscreen and apply it well in order to prevent sun damage and ultimately skin cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in New Zealand and it is 90% preventable. 

    You need to use a high SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  It should be applied 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to give it time to absorb, and just like with painting a room, you should apply a second coat.  This should be done 30 mins after your initial application to ensure you actually get then sun-protection factor (SPF) specified on your sunscreen.  Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours while out in the sun and again after swimming or heavy sweating as it is very easily rubbed off.   Most of us don’t use nearly as much sunscreen as we should, the average sized adult needs about 6 teaspoons to cover their whole body.  Using the right sunscreen in combination with following sun-smart messages like ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ and staying out or the sun during the “peak” hours of the day, especially during summer, go a long way to prevent sunburn and serious sun-damage.

     

    How to choose a sunscreen that is right for you?

    There are 2 main types of sunscreen; chemical absorbers and physical blockers. Chemical absorbers work by absorbing the sun’s rays.  Physical blockers work by reflecting or scattering UV radiation.  You need a sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, these include the metal oxides, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and the chemical absorbers, avobenzoneecamsulebemotrizinol and bisoctrizole.

    Chemical Sunblock

    Chemical sunblocks are also sometimes referred to as “Organic” sunscreen, which can make people think they are organic like your vegetables, but this is not the case.  These sunscreens are a chemical barrier applied to your skin to protect it from the sun.  Chemical sunblocks work by absorbing UV radiation from the sun (UVA, UVB or both).  While they can offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays, the protection they provide is dependent on the particular active used and the stability of the active.   It is important to choose the right chemical ingredients that are stable in sunlight, otherwise they can breakdown generating free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation and aging. Octocrylene, bemotrizinol and bisoctrizole are photostable agents and when combined with other chemical absorbing agents improve the overall stability of the sunscreen.

    Chemical sunscreens are a runny liquid that is easily absorbed and is colourless when rubbed into the skin. However, they can cause irritation and stinging if they get in the eyes. 

    Physical Sunblock

    Physical sunscreens protect your skin by providing a physical block between your skin and the sun using Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.  These reflect and scatter UVB and most UVA radiation.

    They are generally very safe to use on the skin and great for people who have sensitive skin.   However, for people with oily skin, prone to breakouts they can be too heavy, in which case it may be better for these people to use a sunscreen lotion or gel.   Physical sunscreens can be viscous to apply and can leave a white tint on the skin.  They also need to be applied more regularly as they rub off more easily than chemical sunscreens.

    Below is a list of Sunblocks that we love here at Remadee

    Nimue SPF 40

    High protection sunscreen that protects against UVA & UVB.  It contains both chemical and physical barrier ingredients and does not cause free radical damage.

    Sunsense Family SPF 50

    An easy to spread lotion that offers a high SPF.  It contains both chemical and physical sunscreens and offers broad spectrum protection and covering both UVA and UVB rays.  It is also water resistant for up to 4 hours.

    Invisible Zinc 4hr water resistant sunscreen SPF 50+

    A natural Zinc Oxide shield that provides broad spectrum high protection against UVA and UVB radiation.  A great option for people who are outdoors a lot, sports-people and those who exercise or swim as it doesn’t sweat off and stays on in the water for up to 4 hours and doesn’t sting your eyes.

     

    For further information:

    How to choose and use sunscreens

    Author: Dr Louise Reiche, Dermatologist, 2007. Updated by Vanessa Ngan, August 2012.

    https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/how-to-choose-and-use-sunscreens/

    Sunsmart

    https://www.sunsmart.org.nz

    Cancer Society

    https://waikato-bop.cancernz.org.nz/reducing-cancer-risk/what-you-can-do/sunsmart/sun-protection/

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  • Hillcrest, Hamilton is now home to the first Remadee Retail Lounge and Café. An oasis where you can relax, unwind and rejuvenate while you acquire your health and beauty needs, utilising every moment of your precious time.

     

     

    The concept of Remadee Retail Lounge and Café was developed by Hillcrest Healthcare Pharmacy owner Tom Bennett. After spending 20 years in the pharmacy industry he clearly identified retail customers pain points and developed the perfect Remadee to solve them. As such Remadee Retail Lounge and Café was born, an environment to help you relax and feel like you are at home. From uncluttered retail areas, multiple comfortable lounge areas, barista made coffee and a day spa for you to squeeze some much needed pampering into your busy day. Remadee has been entirely designed with your comfort in mind and as a result, has created a one-stop shop for your health and beauty needs.

    Having Hillcrest Healthcare Pharmacy situated within the Remadee Retail Lounge and Cafe gives the pharmacy the opportunity to provide a service model unlike any other. The service model of Hillcrest Healthcare Pharmacy is to provide everyone with a personalised treatment plan. This is achieved by having highly trained pharmacy assistants, medical herbalist, pharmacy technicians and clinical pharmacists on the floor to discuss with you what your needs are and formulate the best method of treatment for you. To support this and the comfort of the customers there are 3 large consult rooms ensuring privacy and comfort are achieved. Alongside this the clinical team provide many additional services to help improve the health of the community. These include consultation services around smoking cessation, gout, warfarin, antidepressants, emergency contraceptive, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, along with certain immunisations and throat swabs to help prevent rheumatic fever.

    Health is about overall wellness, Remadee Retail Lounge and Café understands this and illustrates this throughout each aspect. Remadee Café has partnered up with exceptional local suppliers to ensure the highest quality of coffee and food. Delivering daily fresh contemporary cabinet food made with quality seasonal ingredients served with freshly roasted coffee. Enabling customers to refuel. In addition, the Day Spa allows customers to have much needed ‘me-time’ in the form pampering, making them feel relaxed and recharged. Utilising every moment of your precious time all whilst enhancing your overall wellbeing, it is the perfect Remadee.

    It really is something quite special to walk through from Hillcrest Medical Centre and to be greeted with the smell of freshly roasted coffee and a smile from one of the friendly staff members. The vision for Remadee Retail Lounge and Café and Hillcrest Healthcare Pharmacy is for people to leave feeling better than when they arrived. From what we can see that is definitely the case. Pop in, grab a coffee and check out the newest face to Retail Pharmacy you will love the change.

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  • Mum's are wonderful and we just love to celebrate them especially on Mother's Day. To help you celebrate your Mum we have a great Mother's Day competition on Facebook. The prize includes two tickets to the Great NZ Food Show which is on the 13th and 14th of May. This will be a great present to take your Mum to this Mother's Day. We have also included a few extra goodies just for her.

    So what are you waiting for? Head over to our Facebook page and enter today!

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  • Tron Rocks - Remadee Easter Hunt

    Easter is right around the corner so it is the perfect time for a little Easter rock hunt. If you are yet to hear of 'Tron Rocks' you must be living under a rock (pun intended, but seriously check it out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/TronRocks/). We love the whole concept of getting kids back out into the parks hunting for these rocks so of course we had to get involved.

    Our little Easter Bunny has been kind enough to paint a handful of Remadee rocks and hide them around Hillcrest (the photos may give you some hints). Not only has the Easter Bunny painted rocks but has also left little Easter Goodie Bags at Hillcrest Pharmacy for everyone that brings in a Remadee rock. So off you go, find these little Remadee rocks, bring them into Hillcrest Pharmacy and your Easter Bag filled with treats will be waiting for you. See you soon!

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