Everything You Need to Know About the Pfizer Vaccine

Recently, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for kids ages 12 and up, and it is now being offered at Saenz Pharmacy for those who fit this age criterion. When looking into getting the vaccine there are many questions you might ask yourself, including whether it is safe, whether it is worth getting vaccinated, and what the side effects are.

Today, your candid McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will go in depth about everything you need to know about the Pfizer Vaccine.

What is the Pfizer Vaccine?

The Pfizer vaccine is a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC for those who meet the criteria for being vaccinated. The vaccine helps our body develop immunity to the COVID-19 virus without us having to be infected.

Is the Pfizer Vaccine Safe?

The next question that might come to mind is if the Pfizer vaccine is safe. The short answer is, yes.

The Pfizer vaccine has been administered worldwide over 200 million times and has an excellent safety record. However, certain people should not get the Pfizer vaccine for several reasons.

Who Should Not Get the Pfizer Vaccine?

Although it is recommended that everyone in the U.S. receive the COVID vaccine, the following demographic groups should not get vaccinated:

  • Someone with a severe allergic reaction like anaphylaxis, or any type of immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient listed in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, even if it was not a severe reaction.
  • Someone who experienced a severe or immediate allergic reaction after getting their first dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Someone who had an allergic reaction classified as severe; if you needed to be treated with epinephrine or received immediate medical care.
  • Someone who experiences an allergic reaction that is considered immediate; having an allergic reaction within 4 hours of exposure, including hives, swelling, or wheezing.

Potential Side Effects of the Pfizer Vaccine

Having the following side effects after receiving the vaccine is common and they will typically go away in one to two days after vaccination:

In the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

The reason you develop side effects is because your body is building protection.

How Effective is the Pfizer Vaccine?

According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illnesses in those who did not have a previous infection (16 and older). In clinical trials, it was also shown that those aged 12-15 had just as strong of an immune response as those aged 16-25.

When it comes to getting vaccinated to protect yourself from COVID-19, it is best to get the first shot that becomes available to you, no matter what the brand is.

Help do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by setting up your appointment to be vaccinated with Saenz Pharmacy.

The spread of COVID-19 can be prevented by those who are eligible to get vaccinated doing so. Reach out to Saenz Pharmacy to speak to a McAllen pharmacist to schedule your vaccine appointment today!

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

In the United States alone, nearly half of all adults suffer from high blood pressure. With May being National High Blood Pressure Education Month, now’s the perfect time to educate yourself on high blood pressure, if you haven’t already. 

Today, the experts at your local McAllen pharmacy, Saenz Pharmacy, will review everything you need to know about high blood pressure. 

What is Blood Pressure?

Let’s start by going over what blood pressure is. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries are responsible for carrying blood from your heart to other parts of your body. 

What is High Blood Pressure? 

High blood pressure is when the force of blood against your artery walls is too high. It is normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day, but when your blood pressure is too high for a long period of time, it can damage your heart and cause serious health problems. 

Any reading at or above 130/80 is considered high blood pressure. 

The Risks of High Blood Pressure

Having persistent high blood pressure can put you at risk for the following health complications: 

  • Heart disease 
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Kidney disease 
  • Vascular dementia 
  • Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in the kidneys
  • Thickened and narrowed blood vessels in the eyes

Because these risks are so serious, it is always a good idea to keep up with what your blood pressure is and continue to monitor it if you believe it may be high. 

Who Is At Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Certain factors make you more susceptible to developing high blood pressure, such as: 

  • Lifestyle habits (e.g. too much sodium intake, not enough potassium, lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, smoking)
  • If you are a male; high blood pressure is more common in men than in women
  • If you are a woman over the age of 55
  • Race; people of African American heritage are more likely to develop high blood pressure at an early age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • If you suffer from high stress levels 
  • If you take NSAIDS like naproxen, sulindac, diclofenac, piroxicam, indometacin, Mobic, Lodine, and celecoxib
  • If you take cough and cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine 
  • If you suffer from chronic conditions including diabetes, kidney disease, or sleep apnea 
  • If your diet is low in vitamin D 
  • If high blood pressure runs in your family 

The Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Knowing the symptoms of high blood pressure can help you diagnose the condition early on. These are the symptoms to watch out for: 

  • Severe headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Fatigue or confusion 
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Flushing
  • Dizziness 
  • Visual changes

If you are suffering from these symptoms, it is in your best interest to see a healthcare provider to accurately assess if high blood pressure may be to blame. 

How You Can Control High Blood Pressure

Luckily, while it is a serious condition, high blood pressure can be controlled. High blood pressure can best be managed by: 

  • Losing any extra pounds and watching your waistline 
  • Exercising regularly 
  • Eating a healthy diet 
  • Reducing salt intake
  • Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Cutting back on caffeine 
  • Lowering stress levels

If these natural ways of controlling your high blood pressure don’t work, you can see your doctor to get specific medication to keep your blood pressure under control. 

If you think you might be suffering from high blood pressure, it is best to seek help from a medical professional. 

Honor National High Blood Pressure Education Month by spreading awareness and checking your blood pressure at Saenz Pharmacy. 

High blood pressure is a serious condition and you can never be too safe. Reach out to Saenz Pharmacy to speak with a McAllen pharmacist about hypertension today. 

The Potential Dangers of Supplements: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals is beneficial for your diet. However, it is important to be aware of what kind of supplements your body needs and how much of one supplement is considered dangerous.

Today, your caring McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will go over the benefits and dangers of supplements.

Understanding Supplements

Supplements, which usually come as pills, tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids, are intended to offset the minerals and vitamins you may be missing in your diet. Supplements can also come in the form of an energy bar or drink.

Some popular supplements include vitamins D, B12, and minerals such as calcium and iron.

The Dangers of Supplements

You’ve probably heard the saying “too much of a good thing can be bad,” and this too applies to supplements; taking too much of them can be the turning point where things get dangerous. Many supplements have strong active ingredients that can be harmful when taken in high doses or instead of medicine prescribed by a doctor.

Taking too much of a supplement is not only costly, but it also makes your chances of experiencing side effects significantly higher.

The foods that we consume daily may also have added vitamins, minerals, and other supplements. In return, if we incorporate extra supplements into our diet, we can be getting way more than we need, which can cause liver and organ damage, nausea, headaches, reduced bone strength, and birth defects.

Supplements can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery and even change the way you respond to anesthesia. Supplements may also interact with certain medications, so it is always best to double-check how your current medications will interact with any supplement you may be taking.

The Benefits of Supplements

For those who do not consume enough vitamins and minerals in their daily diet, supplements can be helpful. Supplements benefit those who need to:

  • Maintain their health
  • Support their mental and sports-related performance
  • Provide immune system support

Dietary supplements can be great for the consumer as long as they are well-informed of what they are putting in their body.

Who Can Benefit From Supplements?

While too much of a supplement can be a dangerous thing, some people may need to add supplements to their diet to live a healthy life. These individuals include:

  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant
  • Older adults who need more vitamins than younger adults to make up vitamin deficiency and to support bone strength
  • People with food allergies or restricted diets who take supplements to compensate for lack of nutrients

What You Should Do Before Taking Supplements

It is recommended that you talk to your primary care provider before adding any new supplements to your diet. This will ensure that you are taking the supplements correctly and that they do not interact with any other medication that you have been prescribed.

Find out if supplements are right for you with the help of Saenz Pharmacy.

You can never be too careful when taking any type of supplement or medication. The trained pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy are ready to answer any questions you may have!

Do You Have a Prescription Insurance Card?

When it comes to picking up prescriptions, we all know things can get a little pricey. However, with a prescription insurance card, you can save yourself money on your next trip to the pharmacy. 

Today, your dependable McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will highlight the benefits of having a prescription insurance card and how you can get one before your next visit to the pharmacy. 

What Is a Prescription Insurance Card?

We’ve all heard of health insurance cards, but have you heard of a prescription insurance card? If your answer is no, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  

Prescription insurance cards are designed to provide lower drug costs to those paying for their prescriptions out of pocket. These cards can be purchased as a stand-alone plan and do not need to be associated with any kind of health insurance. 

A prescription medical card is used in place of health insurance when you go to pick up your medication at the pharmacy. 

How a Prescription Insurance Card Differs From a Prescription Discount Card

Believe it or not, it is quite easy to get these two types of cards confused. 

A prescription insurance card is bought through a plan while a prescription discount card is entirely free. 

Prescription discount cards are a smart option for those who are underinsured or do not have health insurance. Some of the most popular prescription discount cards include GoodRx, Blink Health, ScriptSave WellRX, and the US Pharmacy card. 

Those who already have health insurance should always look into what benefits they have, including how much of their prescription costs are covered. 

Should I Use My Health Insurance Card or a Prescription Discount Card?

When picking up medication at the pharmacy, most people ask themselves, “How much is this going to cost?” 

If you’ve ever wondered the same thing, you might be curious to know whether using a prescription discount card or your health insurance card is the smarter option. It is always wise to compare costs before you go so that you aren’t blindsided at the pharmacy counter. To do this, you can simply log on to your discount card’s website from your phone or computer and see what the price of your prescription is going to be before you pick it up. 

This lets you compare prices between purchasing with your insurance card or a prescription discount card. 

If you are someone who only picks up a couple of prescriptions for unexpected illnesses, it is probably more cost-effective to use a prescription discount card over a health insurance card. However, if you already have health insurance and are trying to meet your deductible, it is probably in your best interest to use your health insurance card and cover the copay price for your prescriptions. 

At the end of the day, the choice is up to you. 

Don’t spend more than you have to on your next trip to the pharmacy. Reach out to Saenz Pharmacy to learn more about pharmacy discount and insurance cards.

If you are curious about which card is the right choice for you, contact or stop by Saenz Pharmacy today!

Why Do I Need A Prescription for CPAP?

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CPAP machines are deemed Class II devices. Because of this, a prescription is needed in order to invest in a CPAP machine.

When beginning your journey with CPAP therapy, you will need to make sure your therapy is tailored to your needs, which is what makes a prescription especially important. A second hand CPAP machine would put you at risk for breathing in the germs from the last person who wore it, your likelihood of getting sick, and the features not functioning the way they’re supposed to.

Today your committed McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will break down why it is crucial to have a prescription for a CPAP machine.

Why You Need a Prescription to Buy Particular CPAP Equipment

If you’re looking to buy a CPAP machine and mask along with a humidifier, you’ll need to have a prescription with you. When you try to purchase a CPAP machine without a prescription, you’re running the chance of getting equipment that may not function properly on top of the fact that it is more than likely not set up correctly for you specifically.

The Importance of Getting a CPAP Prescription

If you want your CPAP therapy experience to be successful and beneficial to your health and well-being, a prescription is required. Your prescription will tell you all about:

Your prescription is necessary when it comes to treating you based on the suggestions from your sleep study as assessed by your sleep specialist or doctor.

A sleep study offers data regarding the way you sleep and where the sleep difficulties lie. Without your doctor’s results, you would be taking a blind leap of faith on the ideal treatment for you. A prescription uses the insights from your sleep test and makes it applicative, granting you access to treatment with optimal results.

How Long Your Prescription Is Valid For

Certain prescriptions for a CPAP machine have a clear expiration date or can be valid for life depending on the amount of refills your doctor confirms on the prescription.

If your prescription says that its validity is “lifetime,” then you can use it as many times as needed. It is worth noting, however, most prescriptions will include an “X” number of refills, meaning if it says five refills, then you will have to revisit your doctor on your sixth. Other prescriptions may also have a valid until date,  meaning it cannot be used once the expiration date has passed.

How To Track Down Your Old Prescription

You can track down your old prescription by finding your last doctor and contacting their office. Simply look up the doctor’s name or practice name online, and give them a call to see if they still have it in stock and if it is still valid.

If you worked with another Durable Medical Equipment, (DME), in the past, there’s a possibility that you can receive the prescription from them as they should still have it on file. The previous DME can give you your old prescription, and you can send it to us.

Getting a CPAP Prescription

To get a CPAP prescription, you must do the following:

  1. Schedule an appointment to go over your sleeping patterns with your doctor.
  2. You’ll arrange the test, and fall asleep as you usually would.
  3. Your results will then be sent out to your doctor.
  4. Your doctor will fill out a prescription based on your sleep study.

Who Can Write a CPAP Prescription?

To get a CPAP prescription, you can make an appointment with your:  

  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
  • Psychiatrist (MD Only)
  • Physicians Assistant (PA)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Dentist
  • Naturopathic Physicians

Do I Need a Prescription for a Sleep Study?

There are two outlets that can be used to get a sleep study. Your primary care doctor can refer you to a sleep specialist who will request a sleep study for you. Or, if your insurance permits it, you can also see a sleep specialist directly who will initiate the process of acquiring you a sleep study.

Where To Buy CPAP Equipment

Once you’ve finally gotten your prescription, you can officially be on your way to a well-rested night! 

Getting a prescription for your CPAP therapy is not only obligated by law but it also gives you the greatest chance for therapy success by personalizing the equipment to you as well as ensuring the cleanliness and quality performance of your machine.

Get your prescription needs taken care of with the help of a Pharmacist When You Visit Saenz Pharmacy

Ask us any questions regarding your prescription and we can assist you. Reach out to Saenz Pharmacy today!

The Pharmacists Evolving Role In Patient Care

Pharmacists, doctors, and nurses all work together to ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible. As time has progressed, pharmacists have become more involved with patient care.

Today, your dependable McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will highlight the evolving role that pharmacists play in the medical field.

Why Pharmacists Are Taking a Bigger Role in Patient Care

Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing medications and guaranteeing that patients are getting the correct instructions in order to safely use them. However, did you know that pharmacists are currently beginning to take on even bigger roles, including acting as medical counselors, educators, and advocates?

Pharmacists are trusted and easily accessible by patients looking for care. Due to their accessibility, they can perform the following patient care activities:

  1. Providing immunizations, preventive care screenings, and medication management.
    Pharmacists are trained to provide immunizations like the flu and COVID-19 vaccine. This grants those who do not have time for a routine doctor’s visit the opportunity to still receive immunizations without breaking the bank or spending hours in an office.Preventive care screenings are also performed by pharmacists, which helps patients who have glucose or blood pressure elevations monitor their health and stay at healthy levels. Pharmacists also track medications given to patients and manage the way that the medications are used by the patients for safety purposes.
  2. Pharmacists make patients aware of potential drug interactions.
    Pharmacists are also in charge of letting the patient know about potential drug interactions early on, making sure that there are no adverse interactions, and educating patients on how to properly use the medications that they are prescribed. This responsibility has had a huge impact on patient satisfaction and quality care and can, in turn, help contain the cost of health care.
  3. Pharmacists are experts at drug therapy management.
    When it comes to drug therapy management, pharmacists partner with the patient to figure out the medications that work best for them by creating a care plan. A care plan helps pharmacists monitor a patient’s personal health goals, initiate new treatment, and provide disease prevention such as vaccinations. A pharmacist can also evaluate drug effectiveness to determine if the drug is working by scheduling regular follow-ups.

Other Ways Pharmacists Can Become More Involved In Patient Care

Many advancements have been made to better help pharmacists and give them a bigger part in patient care. However, more can be done to involve pharmacists.

To start, governments should recognize pharmacists as the health system’s drug management experts. Another way that pharmacists can have more involvement is by health systems starting to support the roles of pharmacists as drug therapy management in all settings.

Over time, pharmacists will have more patient responsibility added to their jobs.

Get the Expert Advice of a Pharmacist When You Stop by Saenz Pharmacy

If you are curious about the role that your pharmacists play in your healthcare plan, give Saenz Pharmacy a call today!

Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

 

 

In the United States alone, there have been over 131 million cases of the coronavirus and over 2.5 million COVID-related deaths. Luckily, for those in need of getting vaccinated, the vaccine has become available to everyone 16 years of age and older as of March 29th. Currently, 25% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.

Recently Saenz Pharmacy, Faith Fellowship Bible Church, and the City of Peñitas got together to host a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Rio Grande Valley. Our team was able to assist in giving over 1,100 COVID-19 vaccinations to those in need in South Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that over 5.2 million Texans have been fully vaccinated, and we hope to see that number rise so that more of Texas is protected.

 

Why You Should Consider Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

We understand that certain people may be hesitant when it comes to getting the vaccine. However, safety is a top priority when producing the vaccine, and there are a handful of benefits to getting the vaccine.

Every COVID-19 vaccine available in the US is safe, effective, and only approved if it has been proven to significantly lower your chance of being infected with the virus. Studies show that even if you still contract COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, that your chances of becoming severely ill are extremely low.

Even if you’re not worried about how COVID-19 could affect your health, it is imperative to take other people who are at higher risk into consideration. By receiving the vaccination, you are not only protecting yourself but also protecting those around you who may be more susceptible to developing serious complications.

Possible Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine

As with any other vaccine, everyone should be familiar with potential side effects. Possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine reported by the CDC include:

  • Pain, swelling, and redness in the arm where the shot was given
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

To manage the side effects, it is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines.

However, it is in your best interest to not take these medications before receiving the vaccine to prevent side effects.

Don’t wait, vaccinate! Stop by Saenz Pharmacy to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how you can receive yours.

Even if you have already gotten COVID-19, it is still crucial to think about getting vaccinated as experts are still uncertain of how long you are protected from being reinfected with the virus a second time.

The pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy are ready to give you all the information you need regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

5 Things You Should Be Discussing With Your Pharmacist

When visiting the pharmacy, you might be wondering if it’s worthwhile to ask your pharmacist questions related to your health. It is especially important when taking prescription medications that you know exactly what you are taking and what questions to ask your pharmacist if you’re unsure.

Today, your local McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will give you the inside scoop on everything you need to know in regards to what topics are worth discussing during your next trip to the pharmacy.

The Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist

1.The difference between generic and brand name medications

Brand names are catchy, easy to recognize, and often more expensive than generic versions. A brand refers to the name given by the company that produces the medicine, while generic refers to medications sold under a different name, yet which contain the exact same active ingredients as the brand-name drug.

In a study done by the FDA, 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States were for generic drugs. They also have reported that generic brands work just as well as name brands. In order to be approved by the FDA, generic brands must meet high standards.

2. How the medications or supplements you’re taking may react with other medications

It is worth notifying your pharmacist of all the medications and supplements you are currently taking. While it can be easy to forget when sick, failing to provide this information could potentially cause dangerous interactions.

You can be confident that your pharmacist will catch anything serious that could occur beforehand.

3. What side effects your medication may cause

If you’ve ever seen a commercial for a specific medication, you’ve probably heard the long list of side effects that could show up after consumption. It is imperative to familiarize yourself with the side effects that could take place to help you decide if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Side effects can vary for every individual and can differ based on age, race, and gender. It is in your best interest to seek assistance when experiencing side effects, even if it’s something minor.

4. What you should avoid while taking the medication

Another important question to ask your pharmacist when prescribed any kind of medication is what to avoid while using it. Asking your pharmacist if it is okay to drink alcohol, even occasionally, whether you should eat before taking the medication, and if there are any certain things you should avoid while taking the medication are all crucial when starting a new medication.

5. Ask about dosage, strength, and time frames

Taking new medications can be a lot of trial and error. One medication that works on a friend might not work on you and that is why you should always ask your pharmacist what to expect.

Don’t be nervous to ask how long you should take the medication, what will happen if you miss a dose, and how long it would take for the medication to become effective. Your pharmacist is trained and able to answer any questions that you would need to know before taking a medication.

Let our pharmacists answer your questions and/or concerns when you visit Saenz Pharmacy

Here at Saenz Pharmacy, we are ready to answer any questions that our patients may have. Our pharmacists can be trusted and will make sure that every patient is treated with the respect and care they deserve. 

What Time of Day is Best for Blood Pressure Medications?

In the United States, nearly half of the population (45%) of adults have high blood pressure and only 24% of those with the condition have it under control. Living a normal life with high blood pressure is possible, but in order to do so, you must properly manage it by doing things like taking medication, exercising, decreasing salt in your diet, and limiting alcohol consumption. 

Today, your dedicated McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will dive into what hypertension is, as well as the best time of day to take blood pressure medications. 

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is too high. Your blood pressure is considered high when it is above 140/90 and it is deemed severe at 180/120. 

If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can cause more serious conditions including heart disease and stroke. 

How Do I Know If I Have High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure often does not show symptoms. However, when blood pressure becomes high enough, the following symptoms will arise:

  • Headaches 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness 
  • Chest pain
  • Changes in vision 

People can generally go several years without knowing that they have high blood pressure. That is why it is in your best interest to see a doctor immediately if you believe that one of these symptoms may be related to hypertension. 

How is High Blood Pressure Treated?

The key to living a healthy life after being diagnosed with high blood pressure is making changes to your lifestyle along with taking medicine. By eating a healthier diet, working out regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight, you can lower your blood pressure naturally. 

Medication is also beneficial for those who suffer from the condition as it allows for blood pressure to be controlled by simply taking a daily pill. 

When Should I Take High Blood Pressure Medicine? 

Many people believe that taking high blood pressure medicine is best done in the morning to avoid the chance of forgetting. 

However, recent studies have shown that those who take the medication before bed can possibly reduce their risk for heart-related complications. Taking blood pressure medicine at night also lets blood pressure stay low throughout the night. Once you wake up in the morning, your blood pressure tends to spike. 

It has been shown that by taking the medication at night, you can minimize your likelihood of a cardiovascular-related death by 45%

Do what it takes to have a healthy heart with Saenz Pharmacy. 

To learn more about high blood pressure, what medication is right for you, and the benefits of taking high blood pressure medication at specific times, get in touch with Saenz Pharmacy today.

Will CPAP Cure My Sleep Apnea?

Accordig to the Sleep Apnea Organization, an estimated 22 million people suffer from sleep apnea.

Living with the condition can be a struggle and cause serious issues in other aspects of your life. High blood pressure, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and snoring are all common side effects of sleep apnea. When looking for a way to treat sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP, is often the most reliable method. 

Today, your trusted McAllen pharmacists at Saenz Pharmacy will set the record straight on CPAP machines as a solution for your sleep apnea. 

What Is a CPAP Machine?

CPAP machines were designed to help those struggling with obtrusive sleep apnea breathe easier while sleeping. The machine works to increase air pressure in your throat so that the airway does not collapse when you breathe in. 

The motor in the machine works constantly to generate a constant stream of pressurized air that goes through an air filter and into a tube. The tube then carries the air into a mask that covers either the nose or mouth. 

Will the Machine Cure My Sleep Apnea?

The short answer is no, a CPAP is not a permanent cure for those who are diagnosed with sleep apnea. The machine is only effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with the condition, allowing for a restful night’s sleep.

Is a CPAP Machine the Right Choice for Me?

A CPAP machine can be very beneficial for anyone living with sleep apnea. However, while the device offers many pros, there are also cons to be aware of, including: 

Pros of a CPAP machine: 

  • Improves your quality of sleep and helps you sleep without interruption
  • Lowers your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces daytime sleepiness 
  • Could potentially reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels 

Cons of a CPAP machine: 

  • The machine could cause discomfort and make it harder to fall asleep
  • May evoke a feeling of claustrophobia and anxiety 
  • Nasal congestion 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Nosebleeds 
  • Sore nose
  • Irritation of the eyes 

Ultimately, it’s your decision if the pros outweigh the cons when determining if you want to use a CPAP machine. 

How Can I Get a CPAP machine?

To obtain a CPAP machine, you must first be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by your doctor. To properly be diagnosed, your doctor will run a test called a polysomnogram, which monitors your heart rhythm, brain waves, breathing rates, and airflow while you sleep. 

Your prescription for the machine must include the correct pressure level or you could be at risk of suffering from discomfort and the treatment not working as it should. 

Once you receive your prescription, it is important to go through a trusted vendor that rents or sells CPAP machines. This will ensure that you are acquiring a high-quality device that can meet your needs. 

Don’t Suffer Through Another Sleepless Night and Reach Out to Saenz Pharmacy

To learn more about CPAP machines and to get on the path to getting a better night’s sleep, visit Saenz Pharmacy or contact our office today.