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Compounding is the ageless art and science of customizing medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Compounding is fundamental to the profession of pharmacy and was a standard means of providing prescription medications before drugs began to be mass produced. Basically, as a compounding pharmacy, we take the medicine and make it “fit” each patient. The Pill Box Pharmacy is fully computerized using software specifically designed for compounding, and we only use raw materials that have been tested for purity. Our preparations are randomly selected for testing by an independent laboratory to insure our compounds meet Federal standards established by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Our compounding team continually undergoes training to make sure we are aware of the latest breakthroughs.

The Pill Box Pharmacy of Decatur, Alabama is your local hometown pharmacy serving Morgan County and surrounding areas since 1973. Our Goal is to meet the needs of the patients and the prescriber with personal service that is unmatched. The Pill Box Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy with a convenient drive-thru window. We offer compounding services in the fields of BHRT (Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy), Pain Management, Veterinary, and many more.

 

The Pill Box Pharmacy of Decatur is now a PCAB Accredited Pharmacy- we are very proud of this accomplishment. What does this mean for you? This means that we take every precaution available to give you the safest and most accurate compounded medication possible. We are held to the highest standards in compounding. Here at The Pill Box Pharmacy, we strive to give you the best experience with your prescriptions. Please call us anytime with any questions or concerns. We are always eager to help!

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SimplySkin Rx is the innovation of three compounding pharmacists who set out to produce a skin care line with the idea that a skin care regimen should be grounded in science and simple to adhere to.

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Declutter to Destress

Welcome to our first challenge of 2017!  If you read our last blog, you know that we are going to have a challenge every month this year to help you de-stress different areas of your life.  I believe that knocking out stress is one of the best things that you can do for your health and that stress is at the core of so many problems related to our physical and mental status.   For January, we are going to focus on decluttering our homes.  I feel that January is the most natural time to do this because you are already taking down Christmas decorations, getting into the attic, finding storage areas for items you received at Christmas.  It just makes sense!  Also, I find it difficult to focus on accomplishing ANY other tasks in my life when my personal space is a wreck-- I bet you do too.  So, here is how the challenge will work: you pick an area (or areas) to declutter, use some of the tips we provide, and take a before and after photo.  We will have a challenge post on our Facebook page where you can post your before and after photos.  At the end of January we will pick 1 lucky winner to receive the new EO brand All-Purpose Soap for your home!  This soap can be used to clean counters, floor, windows, dishes, laundry-- anything! So, let’s get started with some tips! The first thing to consider is WHY you are doing this?  It needs to be more than just--I want a clean house.  That is a good place to start, but why do you want a clean house?  What does having a clean house mean to you?  What would it do for you to have a clean house?  For me, it means being in control of myself and my space.  It means that my mind is clear and I am not juggling too many things at one time.  For my life, a messy house is always a signal of too much-- too many things, too many commitments, too much busy!  When my home is clean it shows me that I have a better handle on what is really important to me.  What does having a clean space mean to you? Now that you know why you are doing this, you need a place to start.  I recommend having 1 room that is your priority and you starting place always.  At my house, it is my living room and here is why.  We choose our living room to sit down and take respite at the end of every day-- so I always tackle my living room first so that no matter what the day brings, I can sit down in at least one tidy room at the end of it.  Also, I have my living room set up to be an “easy win”-- which means it only takes me a few minutes to tidy this room and I feel like I have accomplished something important, and that is motivating to me to tackle the next big project.  To give yourself an easy win, pick one room to get super organized-- pare down the number of items in that room to only the essentials and be sure that everything in that room has a place or storage area.  DO NOT let this room be a dumping ground for miscellaneous items like mail and keys and shoes.   Once you have this basic beginning-- one room for respite-- I recommend that you begin a major decluttering of your entire home.  There are 2 main methods for doing this: 1.) By room  2.) By categoryLet’s start with the most traditional way, which is by room.  This is the way I have ALWAYS decluttered, and I bet most of you have done this too.  There are certainly some benefits to this, like, you actually finish one room and feel that sense of accomplishment.  You only have 1 room “torn up” at a time.  There are also some drawbacks to this method though--like, you lose steam and never finish your entire home.  You end up moving things from one room to another and not truly getting rid of things.   Now, for the other method: by category.  I must admit, I have not completed this method myself but I have been researching the results of lots of people that have used this method in the past few years and I am excited to complete this method myself since it will be something different than I have ever tried before.  Hopefully it will take me (and you!) to a new definition of decluttered!  This method was popularized by Marie Kondo in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  In the book, Kondo recommends that you declutter by category,in a specific order, and that you do your whole home at once-- which takes about six months, but she says that you will never have to do this again if you adopt the principles that she teaches. So, just to give you an example, she recommends starting with your clothing and gathering ALL of the clothing in your home to one place.  Discard ANYTHING that doesn’t spark joy in your life. Reorganize what is left and find the place to store it.  She has a particular method for determining what to keep vs. what to discard and it really gives you the freedom to get rid of things you don’t want or need any longer.  One of the reasons for doing things by category is that you sometimes don’t realize how many duplicates of 1 item you have just because you are storing them in different places.  One example from my home is jackets-- I have jackets in my closet, in a separate coat closet, and in my mud room locker.  If I were to toss these all in a pile together I’m sure I would be mortified by how many I have!  However, if I were to clean one area at a time I might not notice that I have an obscene amount.  Make sense? However you choose to declutter-- good luck!  We want to see your decluttering photos on Facebook and I’ll post mine there too.  ​

Challenge Your New Year

I can’t stress to you enough, the importance of removing stress from your life (see what I did there).  As we begin a new year, most of us set some sort of New Year’s Resolutions.  Usually these involve losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, getting more done at work, spending more time with family...I could go on.  All of these are GREAT things to improve upon and I certainly make my own resolutions (I’ll share mine at the end of this post), but I believe that there is a central theme at the core of most resolutions, and that is stress. Stress makes us gain weight, it keeps us up at night, it makes us irritable, it damages our relationships and causes us to make bad life choices.  Stress itself is not a disease though, it is a symptom. The trick to beating stress and accomplishing your resolutions is to find the root cause of your stress and eliminate it wherever possible.  I do realize that there are some stressors that can’t be alleviated completely. Things like work, taking care of your loved ones or just general circumstances that are beyond your control.  However, I think there is a lot of value in de-stressing the areas of life that you can control and by doing so, the uncontrollable will at least be more manageable.  So this year, on the blog we are going to do a monthly challenge that involves working on different areas of your life that you can work on to alleviate stress.  Here is the schedule I have planned for the year: January: Declutter to DestressFebruary: Improve your SleepMarch: Clean Up Your PlateApril: Detox Your HomeMay: Detox Your Personal Care ProductsJune: Move Your BodyJuly: Clear Your MindAugust: Get OrganizedSeptember: Mend Your Fences (focus on relationships)October: Banish SugarNovember: Optimize Your SupplementsDecember: Plan for Next Year As you can see, in January we will be focusing on decluttering your home.  I know that after Christmas I feel the need to get rid of excess, perhaps because Christmas is a season of excess.  It is difficult to focus on other areas of my life when things are messy, and messy is usually the result of having too much.  My next article will be full of tips, tricks and ideas for you to use for decluttering around your home.   I hope you will all follow the blog this year and get some great benefits from the things we will be sharing here.  And my resolution-- is to stop being so busy.  There is a greater personal purpose behind this resolution, but over the years I have begun to worship busyness and I am determined to make that change this year.  Good luck to you all and Happy New Year!!!​

Sleep Solutions

 There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to sleep, except that you can’t sleep, which is why you are here reading this blog.  I’m not a sleep magician but here is the deal, sleep is so epically important that you are doing yourself a great injustice if you do not try everything in your power to get sleep on a regular basis. I was recently listening to the great Tony Robbins explaining a common reality that people face with any goal, whether it be losing weight, becoming financially stable, running a business, getting more sleep...you name it.  He said that people will get to a point where they throw in the towel and say “I’ve tried EVERYTHING, I just can’t do it”.  But they are wrong!  Almost always they have tried everything that they are comfortable trying, or everything they know about, or everything that someone else has told them to do.  Sometimes they have only tried one or two things!!!  But it is seldom even possible to have tried absolutely everything that is out there.Sleep is so important that I believe you need to keep trying the next and next and next thing until you succeed.  I have seen too many patient’s whose health is being ruined by a lack of sleep.  So, today I have some tips for you-- maybe some you haven’t tried before.Good sleep starts with a schedule.  You need to prime your body for sleep.  Go to bed at the same time each night as much as possible and set an alarm to wake up at the same time each morning, even on the weekends.  Turn off electronics and TV 30 minutes before bed.  If this is not possible (ahem....uncooperative spouses), use a sleep mask to block as much light as you can.  This will help your body to release Melatonin, which is really picky about when and how it gets released.Let the sun hit your eyes during the day.  Like seriously, take off the shades for 10 minutes.  This helps signal to your body that it is day, so then at night (when you make it dark, as suggested in point 1) your body knows it is really night.  During the winter, you might even want to get a “Happy Lamp” or some similar lamp that mimics sunlight.  It is useful for your sleep-wake cycle and -bonus- it can also help ward off seasonal depression.Breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.  This is one you really have to practice on because the first few times you do either of these techniques you probably are having to focus too much on the actual process or you may even be feeling self-conscious about the process.  I recommend trying some of the techniques  during the day, when you are not trying to accomplish sleep, the first few times.  Once you are comfortable with the process, you may then try to use it at night when trying to sleep.  There are some helpful videos for these techniques on YouTube that I will link to at the end of this post.The dreaded sleep study.  Let’s rule out sleep apnea or any other mysterious sleep disorders.  If they need to be treated, treat them.  If you need a lifestyle change, make that change.  For instance, sleep apnea can be cured in many patients by a 10% weight reduction-- no cPAP needed!Cut out alcohol and caffeine and add a little carbohydrate right before bed.  You know how hotels will often place a chocolate on your pillow?  There’s actually a bit of science to this.  Carbohydrates help make your brain more sensitive to tryptophan, which makes you sleepy.  Many people, women in particular, simply can’t sleep without a little bit of carbohydrate--just a LITTLE.  Also, many people think that alcohol helps with sleep and it definitely helps with the falling asleep part, but you will not sleep as soundly as the alcohol begins to metabolize and has stimulant effects.Supplements-  this is actually one case where I am not a big fan of prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or supplements.  Getting yourself to sleep naturally is the best possible scenario and all efforts should be made to accomplish this.  A medicated sleep just isn’t as rejuvenating to your body as an unmedicated sleep and I can think of drawbacks to each and every sleep product on the market.  Even Melatonin-- it just works better when you can train your body to release it naturally rather than taking it as a supplement.  Obviously there are occasions when sleep aids are needed, it just doesn’t need to be your first option.I hope this list has been helpful and maybe pointed you to a new sleep tip or two.  It is certainly not an exhaustive list (see what I did there), but it should be a good starting point.Progressive Muscle Relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZKNr-W9A1UBreathing for Insomnia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8LjxXSxBeA

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