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    Looking after your health needs at Jon's Medicine Shoppe means more to us than just preparing your prescription. We work with you and your physician to provide you with the best care possible. As medication experts, our pharmacists and staff are an active part of your healthcare team. At Jon's Medicine Shoppe, building a healthier community means we truly care for our community's health needs.
     We specialize in compounding. If you have difficulty swallowing regular sized pills, are looking for a liquid/cream alternative, find standard doses are too strong/weak for your condition, or have concerns about allergic reactions to fillers, the answer might be compounding. Working with your doctor, we customize medications to meet your unique needs. Ask us today what compounding can do for you.


Jon MacDonald BSc.Pharm

Julie Freestone
B.Pharm. (Hons.)

Low Vitamin D & Chronic Pain

       A recent Mayo Clinic study showed that vitamin D deficiency may aggravate chronic pain. In a retrospective study of 267 chronic pain patients, 140 of whom were opioid (“narcotic” pain medication) users, pain specialists found that about one-quarter of opioid users with chronic pain were vitamin D deficient, and that vitamin D deficiency was significantly linked to higher dosage and longer use of opioids. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency did not differ between opioid users (27%) and non-opioid users (24%). However, the opioid users who were vitamin D deficient required significantly more pain medication than those with adequate vitamin D levels: their mean morphine-equivalent opioid dose was nearly twice that of the adequate group (133.5 mg/day, compared to 70.0 mg/day). Those with inadequate vitamin D levels had also been using opioids significantly longer than those with adequate vitamin D levels. Mean length of use was 71.1 months in vitamin D deficient patients, compared to 43.8 months for those who were not deficient. Opioid users with low vitamin D also reported significantly lower health perception and physical functioning than those with normal levels.

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