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HEALTH TIPS FOR THE ROAD

 HEALTH TIPS FOR THE ROAD
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For many people, July is


the peak of vacation time. With children out of school, many parents are gearing up for the annual family vacation. For others, a long weekend excursion is all the leisure time we can manage. Whether you are going cross-country or out of the country for your summer vacation, the pharmacists at Revco Drug Stores recommend packing something besides your map. Be prepared for health care emergencies, by knowing what to do when you are away from home. Here are some common guidelines.
 Traveling with medication
 If you are traveling by commercial carrier, do not pack your prescription medicine in your suitcase if you are going to check your luggage. Luggage can be lost. Planes can be delayed and you may be stuck in an airport without access to your suitcase - and medication - which can cause you to miss taking a required dosage at a specific time.
 To avoid this, always carry more than enough of your medication with you, and have duplicate copies of your prescription, with your doctor's name and number, tucked away in a carryon bag. If you lose your medication, or run out of it, replacing your prescription will be much easier.
 If you are on daily medication, consult your physician about dosages before you leave - especially if you are crossing time zones. Changing your medication schedule can produce harmful side effects if not properly regulated by your physician.
 Time changes are not the only factors that can cause your medication to affect you differently. Changes in climate or diet also can alter your medication. Check with your physician or pharmacist when planning your trip, for information on specific precautions you should take.
 Preventing illness
 Don't start your vacation on the wrong foot. Take steps to prevent travel-related discomfort. Remember to check with your physician or pharmacist, for example, about medication to prevent motion sickness.
 If you are going out of the country, you will want to be cautious about drinking the water or eating some types of food, which may cause intestinal distress and put a damper on your entire trip if you are not prepared. There are many over-the-counter medications that will relieve the discomfort of nausea and diarrhea. Your Revco pharmacist can recommend one for you.
 Additionally, be aware that changes in environment can trigger and worsen allergies. Symptoms of allergic reactions include swollen lips and throat, hives, uncontrolled sneezing, itching, runny nose and watery eyes. Check with your physician or pharmacist for information on medications that can relieve these symptoms.
 First-aid away from home
 No matter where your travels take you, one of the essentials you need to carry with you, besides a toothbrush, is a first-aid kit. You never know what's around the corner or over the horizon, so it's advisable to be prepared. Pharmacists at Revco suggest the following items for an all-purpose first-aid kit, all of which are available on your local drugstore shelves:
 -- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
 -- Gauze and medical tape.
 -- An elastic bandage for muscle spasms or minor sprains.
 -- Antiseptic cream, ointment or spray for cuts, burns, scrapes and insect bites.
 -- An antihistamine medication for allergic reactions.
 -- Aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen for minor aches and pains.
 Summer vacation can be a funfilled, enjoyable time. This summer, when you are packing your suitcases, remember to throw in these health tips for a trip that everyone will choose to remember.
 Revco operates approximately 1,150 drug stores in nine contiguous eastern states, and fills more than 46 million prescriptions annually. Based in Twinsburg, Ohio, Revco has annual sales of more than $2.0 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Anita Fenrich of Revco D.S., Inc., 216-425-9811, ext. 2413/ CO: Revco D.S., Inc. ST: Ohio IN: REA SU:


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