January 23rd, 2018

Want to quit smoking? London Drugs pharmacists can help

London Drugs pharmacist counsels a patient about over-the-counter smoking cessation aids.

Research shows quit medication combined with professional counselling provides the greatest chance of success

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to quitting smoking but there are many evidence-based ways to increase your chances of quitting success.

Research demonstrates the strongest approach to smoking cessation is to combine quit medication with quit counselling.

As part of National Non-Smoking Week, we are encouraging smokers to take advantage of complimentary smoking cessation counselling available at our pharmacies.

Pharmacists are available to advise patients on selecting a nicotine replacement therapy as well as provide advice by developing personalized quit plans to help people stop smoking.

To learn more about how your pharmacist can help a person quit, visit or call your local London Drugs.


Support for Smokers in B.C.

In B.C., London Drugs has joined forces with QuitNow, a provincially-funded program delivered by the BC Lung Association, to support British Columbians in their efforts to quit by providing free informational resources and coaching.

Eligible BC residents can also receive government financial support through the BC Smoking Cessation Program which covers 100% of the cost of nicotine replacement therapy (specific nicotine gum, lozenges, patches, inhaler), or contributing to the cost of specific smoking cessation prescription drugs.


London Drugs Certified Tobacco Educator Penny Lehoux, and QuitNow Health Promoter, Tracey Jirak.

Quit Coaching Clinic Co-Hosted by London Drugs & QuitNow

 As part of National Non-Smoking Week, London Drugs and QuitNow are co-hosting a Quit Coaching Clinic next Wednesday at the Coquitlam Centre location.

Quit Coaching Clinic

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • London Drugs Pharmacy
  • Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Hwy #1030)


During the Quit Coaching Clinic, London Drugs Certified Tobacco Educator, Penny Lehoux, and QuitNow Health Promoter, Tracey Jirak, will be:

  • Conducting CO breathing tests, a quick and easy way to demonstrate the impact that smoking is having on your body.
  • Discussing practical tips to help you reduce your smoking and providing info about free services available online through Quitnow.ca.
  • Developing personalized quit plans.
  • Offering information about the B.C. Smoking Cessation Program for nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Answering questions about smoking cessation products available over-the-counter and by prescription.

October 19th, 2017

Flu Shots at London Drugs

Reminder to Healthy Individuals: Getting Your Flu Shot
Protects the Vulnerable and Saves Lives

For every flu shot administered at London Drugs this year, a lifesaving vaccine will be donated to help protect the world’s most vulnerable children from vaccine-preventable diseases.


January 19th, 2017

How to Know When You’re Too Sick to Work


how to know if too sick to work

If you’re like many Canadians, you or someone you know felt icky, yucky, or downright gross over the holidays. An early start to cold and flu season caught us off guard, allowing illness to spread at parties and festive gatherings.

On a positive note, the holidays are ideal for getting needed rest. But, if you become sick during the traditional danger zone from January to March, deciding what to do can be much more difficult.

So, should you tough it out at work or stay home?

The answer depends on many personal variables, of course. But here are a few things to keep in mind that might help you decide (don’t forget: a lot of sick days can be avoided if you simply get the annual flu shot).

When To Go In:

If you have a mild sniffle or slight cough, it’s usually okay to head to work. Just be sure to let your coworkers know you aren’t feeling 100%. That way, they won’t be surprised if you refuse a handshake, avoid a social function, or choose to eat alone.

While at work, wash your hands often, disinfect them regularly, and use disinfectant wipes several times per day to clean your workstation. You don’t want to risk being known as ‘patient zero’ at the office this year. And be sure you have some tissues on hand, too. Ah-choo!

When To Stay Home:

If you feel worse than somewhat under the weather, it’s a good idea to stay home for at least a day if you can. This includes if you’ve suffered from moderate symptoms persisting for more than a few days. There are also a few red flag symptoms to watch out for.

If you have any of these symptoms, you’re better off staying home if you can:

1. Fever: Running a fever of over 37.5°C (100°F) is the number one sign you should stay home from work. It’s likely you have the flu and the next 36-48 hours will be pretty tough. You can get ahead of the game by jumping into bed straight away. But see a doctor if your fever rises over 39.5°C (103°F), persists for over 24 hours, or is accompanied by severe sweating or chills.

You should also remain home from work at least one extra full day after your fever breaks. Feeling rejuvenated? This can be a great opportunity to work from home.

2. Sore Throat: Ahead of other traditional cold symptoms, a sore throat is a red flag that you should consider staying home. To start, if your job involves speaking (and most do), this will be uncomfortable and could prolong your symptoms. More importantly, a sore throat is a potential symptom of laryngitis, mononucleosis, strep throat, or tonsillitis.

Take the day off to monitor and treat your symptoms. If your throat feels no better by the afternoon, and soothing teas or cough drops don’t seem to help, consider heading to a nearby clinic.

3. Coloured Mucus: To be completely clear (no pun intended), if you’re coughing up considerable amounts of phlegm, no matter the colour, you should consider staying at home if you can. In addition to several other very good reasons, nobody wants to hear all that ruckus at work.

That said, keep a close eye on the colour. If your mucus is distinctly green or yellow, it could be a sign of infection. At the very least, it shows your body is fighting off something nasty.

Final Thoughts…

  1. The old tale that you aren’t contagious when your symptoms are at their worst is pure malarkey. But the surprise for some is that you’re actually contagious with either cold or flu for up to a week after symptoms disappear.
  2. If your child is sick, especially if they show a red flag symptom, consider keeping them home from school. If they’re very young and you can’t find someone to be home with them, consider taking the day off work, if possible. Their teachers, classmates, and your fellow parents will thank you.


Want more advice on when to go to work and when to stay home?

Check out this LD Expert video of Pharmacist Gianni Del Negro on Global News with Sonia Sunger.

Here are a few of the helpful cold and flu-related health products discussed in the video, available at London Drugs in-store and online:

Note: Please consult your pharmacist before taking any cold or flu treatments.

Antiviral Mask:
 If you’ve never tried one of these before, you might feel slightly self-conscious wearing what appears like a surgeon’s scrubs from the neck up. But you’ll be glad if it helps you avoid catching or spreading a cold this year. These masks are especially great to wear in large crowds or shared public spaces, such as transit, stores, or airports.

LD Expert says: “If you are concerned about getting sick or you want to prevent someone else from getting sick, you can put a mask on to prevent those droplets from going into the air.”

Saline Nasal Rinse:
Again, some might feel unsure about using one of these products for the first time. “The water goes where!?,” they ‘ll say. But many of those who have tried a neti pot for themselves absolutely swear by the results. It involves rinsing out your nasal cavity with what is essentially warm, salty water and it can make all the difference when you’re stuffed up.

LD Expert Says: “If you’re really congested, it’s hard to breathe and you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep. Using a saline product like a neti pot helps relieve some of that congestion and makes it easier for you to breathe and function.”

Cough, Cold, and Flu Relief: There are a wide variety of off-the-shelf treatments for cold and flu symptoms. They feature numerous active ingredients and can be taken in many different ways, including everything from pills to fruit chews. But know that none offer a true cure or a proper substitute for needed bed rest. Still, they can make you feel a bit better in the meantime.

LD Expert Says: “The old stand-bys in terms of helping with cough, nasal congestion, those sorts of symptoms. Keep in mind it’s really important that you do talk to your pharmacist about these products before you use them.”


May 4th, 2015

London Drugs takes part in National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on May 9th

Saturday, May 9 is National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day and London Drugs encourages Western Canadians to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at their local London Drugs pharmacy on this day, and every day.London Drugs pharmacists have long recognized the importance of properly disposing of medications, needles and other medicine-related supplies. There are programs in place at London Drugs to cut down on environmental waste through the safe recycling of medication-related materials:


October 28th, 2011

Preventable warns of the dangers of mixing medications during this flu season.

With the cooler weather and flu season upon us, the Community against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) is partnering up with London Drugs to raise awareness about the dangers of mixing medications and self-medicating.

Tragically, unintentional poisoning is among the top three causes of death and hospitalization in BC. In BC alone, hospital emergency departments treat an estimated 210,000 patients each year for adverse drug events.1 Drugs or medicinal agents are the predominant substances that result in poisoning deaths and hospitalizations, accounting for approximately 84 per cent. According to the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC) data, the majority of calls were related to non-prescription (22.8 per cent) and prescription medications (22.2 per cent)2.

“No one expects to have a serious drug interaction or that mixing medications could lead to death…but it does happen,” says Dr. Ian Pike, spokesperson for Preventable. “The key to reducing preventable injuries including the unintentional mixing of medications is behaviours and attitudes. This fall, we’re pleased to partner with London Drugs again to raise awareness about the scope and magnitude of preventable injuries in this province, and to encourage people to have a word with themselves, and their pharmacists before self-medicating and mixing medications.”

As part of this Preventable campaign, signs will be placed in London Drugs stores across BC with the message “You’re not expecting mixing medications to make you feel worse.” In addition, Preventable will be airing 15-second television spots featuring London Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy, John Tse, with the same message. The television spots and signage will also be supported by a social media campaign to further help raise awareness about this important issue, and to encourage British Columbians to talk to their health care provider.

Preventable and London Drugs hope to make a difference by raising awareness and getting British Columbians to think differently about their current attitudes and behaviours toward preventable injuries.

London Drugs has provided a list of suggestions to help prevent people from mixing medications:

  • Provide your medication list to your doctor and pharmacist. Make certain it contains the herbal medications and OTC medications you are taking, since these may react with prescription medications.
  • Throw away old medications, and always keep medications in their original container.
  • Always read drug labels carefully.
  • Learn about the warnings for all the drugs you take.
  • Ask your doctor what you need to avoid when you are prescribed a new medication. Ask about food, beverages, dietary supplements, and other drugs.
  • Use one pharmacy for all of your drug needs.

1 http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2011/02/25/adverse-drug-events-costly-to-health-care-system-vancouver-coastal-health-ubc-research/

2 http://dpic.org/bc-dpic-fact-sheets/british-columbia-poison-control-centre-fact-sheet

September 24th, 2010

London Drugs betterCare – Stress Management

Stress. This one little word carries the weight of the world. And it’s responsible for many health complaints in doctors’ offices across Canada. But what exactly does this word mean? Stress is the “wear and tear” your body experiences as you adjust to the continually changing environment. It has physical and emotional effects and can cause a variety of feelings.


September 24th, 2010

London Drugs betterCare – Osteoporosis

If you have ever wondered why so many elderly people seem to be stooped over and unable to stand up straight, the answer is osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become fragile and break easily. A series of small fractures and compressions in the bones of the spine causes the spine to curve into an “S” shape that makes the person bend forward.


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