Supplements for High Blood Pressure

Question:  Dear Wellness Pharmacist, I have high blood pressure and came across the supplement, Salv-Tonic.  Should I take this supplement and what benefits will I obtain by adding this to my health regimen? Answer:  High blood pressure (HBP) also known as hypertension is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the [...]

How Physiotherapists can improve the lives of British Columbians every day

Physiotherapists help patients improve their joint health, and restore muscle strength and endurance. Physiotherapists work closely with patients to make sure they are getting the right care for their condition, injury or mobility issue, so that they can get back to enjoying life and the activities they love most. One in five British Columbians live [...]

Allergy Season is in Full Swing

Viva Care Pharmacy can help!  The most common over-the-counter allergy medications are called antihistamines. They block a chemical called histamines, which is released by your body during an allergic reaction. By blocking histamines, these medications are able to reduce the symptoms associated with allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes. here are [...]

 How can Viva Care Pharmacy help before you go on our summer trip?

Question:  How can Viva Care Pharmacy help before you go on our summer trip? Anaswer: Planning a Trip? No matter where you are heading this summer, make sure you book a pre-travel consultation with your Viva Care Pharmacist.  It is important to contact your Viva Care Pharmacist at least 4 weeks before your trip. Depending [...]

How can custom orthotics can help you?

Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 tendons and muscles. Even the smallest imbalance in your feet can cause pain. Left untreated, chronic foot pain can prevent you from leading the active lifestyle you desire. Shoe inserts from a drug store or shoe store are not to [...]

Travel Health 101

Question:  Dear Wellness Pharmacist, My husband and I are excited about our upcoming honeymoon to Mexico. We have been so busy planning our wedding and are in need of some relaxation. The last thing we want is to end up sick. Do you have any advice on how to tackle common health issues that may [...]

How Can Physiotherapy Help You

What is a Physiotherapist? A physiotherapist is a university educated (Master’s degree) health professional and an important member of your health care team. Physiotherapists work in many areas including: orthopaedics, sports, cardiorespiratory, neurology…also work in many facilities, such as hospitals, long term care facilities, private clinics, and sports team/events. What is expected from Physiotherapy Treatment? [...]

Can Sleep Apnea Be Dangerous?

Yes, sleep apnea can be dangerous because of its interaction with other life threatening conditions. The drops in oxygen throughout the night puts tremendous amount of stress on the body and leads to a continuous stress state. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs due to airway collapse while you are sleeping, and prevents air from reaching your [...]

Over the Counter Pain Killers & Nutraceuticals for Pain

Question:  Dear Wellness Pharmacist, I want to know which over the counter painkiller is right for me?  There are so many different types of medications as I walk down the pharmacy aisles and I get so confused as to which painkiller to choose.  I’d like to know which natural products or nutraceuticals are helpful for [...]

Abdominal Pain (Q&A)

Dear Wellness Pharmacist:  I tend to get this annoying pain in my stomach area and I can’t pinpoint it and say that it occurs after anything specific.  For instance, like after I eat a specific food or after I complete a certain type of activity.  As an ostomate, I find that I am very in [...]