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7 Shortcuts That May Shortchange Your Health

7 Shortcuts That May Shortchange Your Health

Jeannette Moninger, Fitness Magazine

Nowadays, most of our lives have become a non-stop rat race from the minute we wake up to the minute we go to sleep.  This means swapping out important things for convenient ones, and cutting corners where it counts the most; But is this the smartest thing to do? Here are seven examples where taking your time may seriously benefit you in the long run.


You depend on the drive-through.


Nope, not the fast-food kind. Drive-through pharmacies are convenient, but if you hit one every time you get an Rx filled, you lose the opportunity to talk to a pharmacist about side effects, generic options, and what to do if you miss a dose. Plus you may be at a higher risk for a mix-up: The distractions associated with window service contribute to about six errors per every 10,000 prescriptions dispensed annually, according to a recent study. That works out to more than two million medication mistakes a year. "Always check your prescription at the pharmacy, especially if you're using a drive-through," says lead study author Sheryl Szeinbach, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Verify the medication name, dosage, and description -- for instance, "blue-and-white oblong capsules" -- as well as your name and address. Short on time? Use this rule of thumb from Szeinbach: "If you have questions about interactions, side effects, dosing, or insurance, or it's a new prescription, skip the drive-through."


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