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January 02, 2020
Managing Menopause | The Canadian Pharmacy

Menopause is a difficult time for many women. Fortunately, modern pharmaceuticals give us options to deal with the symptoms so we can focus on enjoying our lives without hot flashes and other common sources of discomfort.

Technology has also come to the rescue of millions of women by making it more convenient to manage many elements of this transition from the comfort of home.

Here’s a quick guide to sailing through menopause with some help from your friendly online pharmacist.

See Your Doctor First

Technically, menopause can happen at any age after puberty, but it usually begins between the ages of 45 – 55. You may not even know what stage you’re at or what to expect over the next few years. Your first step to managing menopause is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and concerns.

He or she can provide you with prescription medications to manage mood swings, hot flashes, depression, and physical discomfort. Many of these products can be purchased cheaper and with less embarrassment through a mail-order pharmacy. Your doctor can also prescribe hormone replacement solutions and recommend other supplements you need at this time, such as calcium to prevent osteoporosis. You may also be more vulnerable to conditions like heart disease, which will need monitoring.

Visiting your doctor first also gives you the advantage of trying a medication before you fill your prescription online. Get the first prescription at your local pharmacy. That way, if there are any adverse effects or your dosage needs an adjustment, you’ll have everything set before you shop online.

Don’t Self-Medicate

We love our girlfriends because they’re always ready with a pain reliever or a shoulder to lean on, when we need one the most. However, taking someone else’s prescription or something from a health food store could lead to trouble. You don’t know how it will affect you or interact with your own prescriptions, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter drugs.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

One of the drawbacks of ordering from a mail-order company is the lack of personal interaction with your pharmacist. However, reputable online pharmacies have a licensed pharmacist available to discuss any concerns, and they have 24/7 support available, giving you the personal customer service, you deserve. But, that isn’t a substitute for consulting with your doctor about options or ways to deal with specific symptoms.

An open, honest relationship with a medical professional who knows you and your health history is irreplaceable. Wherever you fill your prescriptions, make sure that your doctor and pharmacist know all of the prescribed and OTC drugs you’re taking, and report any problems immediately. Never discontinue critical medications without medical supervision.

Final Thoughts

Menopause doesn’t have to disrupt your life. Managing your symptoms with the help of a mail-order pharmacist is more convenient and cheaper than going the traditional route. Just make sure to work with a legitimate, licensed pharmacy that offers round-the-clock customer support.

Our purpose is not to offer medical advice, but to let you know about resources available for you at this important time in your life.

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