Free Vein Screening – Healthy Leg Day!

Join us on Tuesday March 6th 2018 for Leg Health Day!

Our friends from MediUSA will be at Pharm A Save Monroe are teaming up for FREE vein screenings.

Appointments are available between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

Please call 360-282-4462 or email bridgett@pasmonroe.comleg day 2018



Resolution: A Healthier New Year

Every January 1, you make a New Year’s resolution that this will be the year you get healthy, only to lose motivation by March. You’re not alone! But you can turn your goals for a healthier you into reality.

Set realistic goals

Hate running? Setting a goal of running a 5K is probably not the goal for you. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, your resolve is likely to crumble quickly. Similarly, restricting yourself from eating the foods you enjoy will only make you want those foods more. Set a series of small, realistic goals and create a plan to reach them. You’ll get there!

See your doctor!

How long has it been since you’ve seen your doctor? Before beginning any new diet or exercise program, it is a good idea to get an annual physical. You’ll have your blood pressure checked, follow up on any tests or vaccines you need, and discuss ways to stay healthier.

Many people, especially men, put doctors’ visits on the back burner (men make 130 million fewer visits than women to the doctor each year1). It is important for everyone to see their doctor at least once a year and to see their doctor immediately should an issue arise. Sprained wrist? Changing mole? Blood in your stool? Deep sadness lasting more than a couple of weeks? Don’t wait – call your doctor.1,2

Resolve to be a healthier you

Whether you plaster your Facebook feed with daily updates on your progress or you’re not one to publicly declare a New Year’s resolution, you should strive to be a healthier version of you in the new year!

Whatever you do, just move

Yoga, spinning, hiking, put on your favorite tunes and dance in your living room – whatever you do, make it a goal to move more. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, too. Try snowshoeing, hiking, swimming, a dance class with your partner – even building a snowman can be a good cardio workout! Having fun is the best way to ensure you will keep being active all year long. 

Slow and steady wins the race

It’s the time of year for TV commercials touting prepackaged diet plans, gym memberships…and how many online posts about the latest can’t-miss fad diet have you scrolled by already? Save yourself from a month of deprivation and/or eating the strange concoctions your sister’s best friend’s cousin’s aunt swore worked for her! Trying to abruptly and completely overhaul what you eat is a recipe for disaster. Instead, make small changes one at a time.

Drink too much soda? Start by replacing one glass a day with water and work up from there until you gradually drink less and less. Can’t live without French fries? Don’t eliminate them from your diet but do try cutting your usual portion in half. Always eating on the go? Make sure you have healthy foods that you can grab on your way out the door to avoid the fast food drive-thru later. Little changes will add up over time.

You know what you should eat, but what about how to eat? Eating mindfully means paying attention to your food while you eat it. Taking the time to savor your food may help you be more emotionally satisfied by it and more aware of your body’s needs.3

  • Slow down. Really smell, taste, and chew your food before swallowing it.
  • Avoid distractions. Put down the smart phone and turn off the TV to put your full attention on the meal at hand.
  • Small plates. Using smaller plates helps with portion control.
  • Leave the food in the kitchen. Keep serving bowls in the kitchen so that you have to think twice before going back for seconds.
  • Put the fork down! To help you slow down, put your fork or spoon down in between bites.4

Take time for you

Stress can wreak havoc on your health. Taking time for yourself, whether it is to schedule regular “meetings” on your calendar for a quick workout or simply powering off the electronics and going to bed a little earlier (admit it, you’re not really getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, are you?), is important for your physical and mental health.2

Turn off the phone and take a walk in the park, listen to music, read a good book, try that new recipe you cut out of the magazine but never got around to trying…in this age of constantly being connected, taking a break from electronics can help ease anxiety and stress, resulting in a healthier you.5

Give yourself a break

So, you intended to stop at one but ended up eating the entire bag of cookies? Don’t beat yourself up over it. Tomorrow is another day, and you have the power to make it a healthier one.

New year, new you

Whatever changes you wish to make in 2019, making this the year you will be more present for yourself and those you love is one New Year’s resolution worth keeping!

Health Mart. Caring for you and about you.   

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.


  1. WebMD: “5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Men.” Available at: Accessed 12-4-17.
  2. Drexel Medicine: “How to Realistically Achieve 5 Common New Year’s Resolutions.” Available at: Accessed 12-4-17.
  3. Self: “5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep.” Available at: Accessed 12-4-17.
  4. Self: “12 Mindful Eating Tips That Will Change Your Relationship With Food.” Available at: Accessed 12-4-17.
  5. Forbes: “10 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions To Try.” Available at: Accessed 12-4-17iStock-638981580

Fair Day Sale & Lemon Sticks! Say what?

FAIR DAY SALlemon stick paradeE & LEMON STICKS!

Join us for Fair Days!

It is time for the Evergreen State Fair! We are kicking it off by offering discounts STORE WIDE and a variety of items, beginning Thursday 8/24/2017!

  • Vionic Sandals – 30% off
  • Lift Chairs – $100 off
  • Compression Socks – 25% off
  • Oximeter Plus – $29.99
  • TENS units – 25% off

Plus MORE!

Pharm A Save Monroe will also be set up in Downtown Monroe on main street for the Parade market on Saturday 8/26/2017.

We will have LEMON Sticks for your drinking pleasure!

 How many of you remember these?

Z-Fence: All-Natural Mosquito and Insect Repellent


Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they also carry a number of serious diseases like malaria, yellow fever, typhus, West Nile virus, and Zika. And many mosquito repellents today contain DEET, which is effective, but not very safe, especially when it comes to children. Did you know that only about a third of insect repellents on the market today are safe for kids?

Pharm A Save Monroe now carries  Z Bracelet, Z Band and Z Clip – a NO DEET alternative to those pesky mosquitoes !

How It Works

The entire Z-Fence line is based on specially-formulated repellents that are gentle, all-natural, and safe for the whole family. They work through a slow-release technology, which diffuses into soft material so it releases at a steady and consistent rate. The release of the repellent creates a 6-foot wide “safe zone” around the user or area, which serves as a barrier against insects.
The ingredients used in Z-Fence products are made from a mix of plant extracts, including geraniol, thyme, geranium oil, peppermint oil, and citronella. These are all registered with the EPA as acceptable active ingredients with minimum risk. Our products have also been tested at an independent lab here in the U.S. to make sure they are both safe and effective.

For outdoor lovers, we carry e a variety of wearable items that include a similar natural, slow-release repellent built in. Even with all-natural repellent formulas, some people can have reactions to putting insect repellent directly on their skin, and our wearable products offer a great alternative. The braided Z-Bracelet is actually infused with the natural repellent. The neoprene Z-Band has an adjustable fit, and holds a replaceable repellent tablet, as does the Z-Clip which easily goes anywhere. The bands and clips each include 2 tablets, which last up to 120 hours, so there’s no need to re-apply like you would with a spray. Packs of extra Z-Tablet refills are of course available.

With Z-Fence, you can stop worry about the dangers of mosquitoes and harmful chemicals, and get back to enjoying life outdoors!


Protect Yourself from the Sun

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Did you know that skin cancer rates are on the rise in the U.S., where it is the most common type of cancer?1 It’s no wonder. Just in the past year alone, one-third of the adult population has been sunburned at least once. And that lobster-red look is a clear sign of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—a known cause of skin cancer, which can impact any age, gender, or race.1,2

Risks of tanning. But you’re not off the hook if you stop at tanning. That’s your body’s response to sun injury.1 When you tan—either outdoors or indoors—you increase your risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer. You also increase your risk of:

  • Premature skin aging—wrinkles and age spots
  • Damaged skin texture
  • Potentially blinding eye diseases1

Here’s the silver lining in this gloomy cloud: Avoiding the sun’s UV rays is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer.1

General guidelines. You probably know the drill, but it bears repeating:

  1. Seek shade and stay out of the sun, if you can, when UV rays are strongest—from 10 am to 4 pm.
  2. Be extra careful at higher altitudes where skin burns faster.
  3. Limit exposure to water, sand, snow, and concrete—surfaces that reflect light.
  4. Use sun protection even on cloudy days, when certain types of UV rays can be stronger.
  5. Rely on diet and supplements to get your vitamin D, not the sun.2,3

Sunscreen. Don’t use a product that combines sunscreen and insect repellant. Reapplying it will expose you to too much of the repellent’s ingredients. Also, avoid spray tans and bronzers—they won’t protect your skin from UV rays.4

Do choose sunscreens that:

  • Block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Are labeled with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher.
  • Are water resistant—they’re more protective when you sweat.
  • Are products you will use consistently. Generally, creams are best for dry skin and the face, gels work well for hairy areas, and sticks are easier to apply near eyes. Mineral-based sunscreens—such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—work well if you have sensitive skin.2,3

Wear sunscreen every day, even if you plan to be outside a short time. For best results, apply it generously 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside to all exposed areas—don’t forget your feet and ears. (A lip balm works best for your lips.) Always reapply after swimming or sweating and about every two hours or as often as the package suggests.2,3

Sun-protective clothing. In addition to sunscreen, wear clothing that can better protect you such as:

  • A hat with a wide brim. This works better than a baseball cap or visor for shielding your whole face from the sun.
  • Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Loose-fitting, unbleached, tightly woven fabrics.
  • Special clothing that absorbs UV rays.3

Don’t forget to protect those parts of your body that may be in constant sunlight— your nose, forehead, and eyes.  Questions about sun-protection products or other ways to protect your family in the sun? Remember, I’m right here—your ready resource.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.



  1. CDC: “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.” Available at: Accessed 6-6-17.
  2. American Academy of Dermatology: “Sunscreen FAQs.” Available at: Accessed 6-6-17.
  3. MedlinePlus: “Sun Protection.” Available at: Accessed 6-6-17.
  4. FDA: “5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation.” Available at: Accessed 6-6-17.

Flu Clinic – Let our Pharmacist’s come to your business!

I know, summer just started! But it is time to book offsite influenza vaccines for this fall.

Our Pharmacists, John and Shaunett will go to places of business to vaccinate the employees. Even better, we can bill the employee’s health insurance! That is right, as an employer, if the employee has health insurance, there is no out of pocket expense for you!

During the  2016-2017 season, Pharm A Save Monroe Pharmacist’s provided the vaccine’s for the Monroe School District employees, Damar Monroe, Ocean Beauty as well as other large groups & individuals in the Sky Valley Community.

Getting signed up is easy, just give me a call or send me an email. Our first round of vaccines are booking for September and October. Don’t wait to reserve your companies influenza vaccines,  get your onsite flu clinic scheduled today!

Bridgett Edgar – Pharmacy Technician/Owner

Pharm A Save Monroe – A Health Mart Pharmacy

(360) 794 7351 ext 202




Men and Hearing Loss

Men and Hearing Loss

“You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” Depending upon your age, these words may recall the lyrics of a 1970s folk song by Joni Mitchell. But you might want to listen up and consider these words another kind of warning—especially if you’re a man.

More people with hearing loss. Today, twice as many people have hearing loss as in the 1980s. And sadly the trend isn’t improving. A recent report predicted that the number of U.S. adults with hearing loss will rise to nearly a quarter of the population in the next 40 years.1 Perhaps we’ve adapted just a bit too well to all the noise in our environment—from rock shows and subways to motorcycles and kids’ toys.

The story is even more sobering for men. That’s because hearing loss may be more common and severe in men than in women. One likely reason is that more men than women are exposed to sustained loud noises.2

Links to other health issues. Increasingly, researchers are seeing links between hearing loss and other health issues—problems that often affect men. These include sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and dementia.3 Consider this:

  • Sleep apnea is strongly linked to hearing loss at both high and low frequencies.
  • The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it could be the “canary in the coal mine” for cardiovascular disease. In other words, blood vessel blockages might show up here first.
  • Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.
  • Research also shows a link between hearing loss and dementia.
  • In people with both depression and hearing loss, use of hearing aids reduces symptoms of depression.3

Protect your hearing. You may have already experienced some hearing loss. But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect what’s left. Start here:

  • Get earplugs for loud events—and wear them! Even the simple foam plugs you can buy in our store can help protect your ears.
  • Let’s talk painkillers. A study in men found that taking painkillers like aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen only two times a week significantly increased the risk of hearing loss. These drugs may do this by reducing blood flow to the inner ear. If you’re concerned, let’s discuss this.4
  • Consider an iron test. By contrast, iron helps carry blood to the inner ear. That may be why low levels have been linked to hearing problems.1
  • Check the volume. It’s really tempting to turn up the volume, especially for your favorite tunes. Resist!

Of course, your doctor should first rule out a medical problem that could be causing any hearing loss. Then, let me know if you would like any guidance about specialists who can help evaluate your hearing or help you choose a hearing device. Just remember: these are not your father’s hearing aids. Today’s hearing aids are nearly invisible, can adjust to different environments, and benefit from many high-tech features.3

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.



1.       Men’s Journal: “You’re Losing Hearing Faster Than You Think.” Available at: Accessed 4-27-17.
2.       Medscape: “Age-related hearing loss in men.” Available at: Accessed 4-27-17.
3.       Better Hearing Institute: “Calling All Men: Protect Your Well-Being with a Hearing Check.” Available at: Accessed 4-27-17.
4.       Curhan SG et al. Am J Med.2010;123(3):231–237. Available at: Accessed 4-27-17.

Seasonal Allergies: Trying to Nip Them in the Bud

Seasonal Allergies: Trying to Nip Them in the Bud

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue…. These are just a few of the signs of seasonal allergies—also known as hay fever.1 And get ready: It looks like we may have a real doozy of an allergy season this year.2 Milder winter temperatures in places can cause plants to pollinate early. And a rainier spring leads to quick plant growth, as well as an increase in mold. 1

Allergic reactions mostly occur when your body responds to a “false alarm.” And, as you well know, there isn’t a cure for seasonal allergies. But there’s no reason to let this time of year take all the spring out of your step! Arm yourself with information.

Monitor climate factors. When checking the weather and planning your day, keep these things in mind:

  • Heat and high humidity promote the growth of molds.
  • Cool nights and warm days allow tree, grass, and ragweed pollens to thrive.
  • In spring and summer, tree and grass pollen levels tend to peak in the evening.
  • In late summer and early fall, ragweed pollen levels tend to peak in the morning.
  • Windy and warm days often result in surging pollen counts.
  • After a rainfall, pollen counts may go up, even though the rain temporarily washes pollen away.1

Avoid your triggers. If allergies are making you miserable, you may want to see an allergist. Specializing in allergies, this person can help you figure out what triggers your symptoms. Then you can find ways to cut off those triggers at the pass. During allergy season:

  • Keep windows and doors shut in your car and home.
  • Monitor pollen and mold counts daily. Weather reporters often provide this information.
  • After working or playing outdoors, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes. 1
  • When doing chores outside, wear a NIOSH-rated filter mask. Better yet? Delegate!
  • Be on the lookout for mold, which can build up in moist months. A deep spring cleaning will help get rid of mold and other allergens. Cleanliness may not be close to godliness. But it sure may help you feel better.
  • Clear the air with a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). If you have central air, use air filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. Change air filters every three months.3

Relieve your symptoms. Corticosteroid nasal sprays, decongestants, antihistamines. These are examples of over-the-counter drugs that can help relieve your symptoms. Come talk to me to make sure you’re using them the right way. If side effects are a problem, we can work together to come up with a solution. For example, a few possible side effects of antihistamines are sleepiness, dry mouth, constipation, and light-headedness.4

For some people, allergies can lead to or coexist with other health problems such as asthma or sinusitis. Asthma narrows or blocks the airways. Sinusitis is caused by inflammation or infection of cavities behind the nose.5 Just one more reason why working with your doctor and me is a good idea.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.


  1. ACAAI: “Seasonal Allergies.” Available at: Accessed 3-3-17.

      2. “Seasonal allergy sufferers feeling the change in weather.” Available at: Accessed 3-3-17.

       3.      ACAAI: “5 things to Do to Fell Better During Spring Allergy Season.” Available at: Accessed: 2-23-17.

  1. Merck Manual: “Seasonal Allergies.” Available at: Accessed 3-3-17.

NIHMedlinePlus: “How to Control Your Seasonal Allergies.” Available at: Accessed 3-3-17.