We strive to meet YOUR needs with unmatched personal service.

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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!

W hat is compounding and how can it help you? 

 

 

Welcome to The Pill Box Pharmacy

 

 

What is Compounding and How Can it Help You?

W e Carry Our Own In-house Skin Care Line

 

 

What is Compounding and How Can it Help You?

 

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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We strive to meet YOUR needs with unmatched personal service.

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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

Getting Your Energy Back

Roughly 9 out of 10 of my patients complain about fatigue.  Honestly.  I don’t think anyone has ever sat down with me and said that they just have too much energy.  So, I know this topic is near and dear to the lives of many of our readers and it is certainly near and dear to me.  So I wanted to share some tips to help you get your energy back. How is your sleep?  That is the first thing I always discuss with patients because it is the most obvious cause of fatigue.  If you aren’t sleeping well you will naturally be fatigued.  Make sleep a priority and keep trying different sleep solutions until you find one that works for you!  This isn’t an article about sleep so I won’t elaborate about sleep solutions, but stay tuned, I’ll cover that topic in another post.What is your stress level?  We all go through stressful times in our lives, but those should be the exception and not the rule.  If you move from one crisis in your life to the next, maybe its time for you to do some soul-searching and figure out how to create a more peaceful environment for yourself.  Sometimes that means avoiding toxic people, sometimes that means saying “no” to commitments and sometimes it just means making yourself a priority.What are you eating?  Your food either fuels you or fools you.  If you are choosing healthy foods that nourish your body you will have more energy to sustain you.  If you are feeling fatigued, you might be tempted to grab a sugary snack or energy drink-- but those things just fool you into thinking they will give you energy!!!  Sure, you might get a short-term boost but after the effect wears off you will crash and burn!  Planning your meals ahead of time is the best way to stop yourself from making a bad decision when you are tired. I’m attaching a free meal-planning printable for you to use to help with this step.How are you supplementing?  I’m a big believer in supplements that give me an edge.  I tend to try to live my life like I’m a super-hero and I like it that way, but I know up front that even with the best habits I need a little extra boost if I’m going to live an extraordinary life.  There are 2 supplements that I recommend for energy.  The first is a quality B12, specifically, Methylcobalamin because it can be readily used by your body to help with metabolic processes.  The other energy supplement that I like is “Energy Xtra” by Pure Encapsulations.  This supplement contains “adaptogens” that are herbal extracts to help your body cope with the effects of stress.  It supports your immune system and promotes mental clarity.  Basically, it gives you energy without making you feel wired.  This supplement can be used occasionally as needed, or can be used daily if you are in a chronic fatigue situation.   Download your copy of the Meal Planning PDF      

The Skinny on Elimination Diets

Like most women, I am really interested in weight-loss tactics.  You name it, I’ve tried it, the crazier the better.  I’ve always been a member of the 10-15 pounder club...as in, that’s how much weight I’ve wanted/needed to lose, for as long as I can remember.  I realize that for some, that doesn’t seem like a big deal...but it consumed me for years as I tried to reach perfection and I dieted and ran and lifted weights and on and on.  Then, I discovered something that just worked for me and I’ve never looked back!I went to a functional medicine conference several years ago and learned about Elimination Diets and I specifically chose to do The Virgin Diet by J.J. Virgin.  The premise behind this type of diet is that there are specific foods that are causing you to gain weight-- and those foods are different from person to person, but there are some common culprits.  The best way to determine what those foods are, is to remove them completely for 21 days and then add them back 1 at a time to determine the effect.  There is a lot of science supporting this technique and I highly recommend reading the book.  Here is a list of what you eliminate:1.    Corn2.    Soy3.    Eggs4.    Peanuts5.    Dairy6.    Gluten7.    Sugar and Artificial SweetenersI do this program once a year-- and every year I remind myself that gluten and dairy are not my friends.  And here is what happens-- I lose weight, feel great, think clearly and have increased energy!  After I finish phase 1 I typically stay off of gluten and dairy for awhile but over time I let those things slip back into my diet, because I’m human.  And as they slip back in, the pounds start to slowly add back on.  As they add back on, I usually realize that I’m getting close to my time to do the Phase 1 elimination again.I believe in this weight loss method so much that I have taught several classes about it and helped others with their elimination challenges.  It is certainly easier to go through this process with a group rather than by yourself.  As you can see from the small amount I have described, it is not an easy program.  Most things that are worth doing are not that easy.  I filled out a medical form the other day that asked me to check a weight category.  The choices were “At ideal weight”, 5-10 lbs overweight, 10-15 lbs overweight, Greater than 20 lbs overweight.  For the first time, I was able to check “At ideal weight”, and let me tell you, it felt good.  If you are interested in joining an online Elimination Challenge, email me at catherine@thepillboxofdecatur.com and I’ll keep you on the list for our next group.

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