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To learn more about Costco Pharmacy, click on the “Pharmacy”
link at Costco.com or call toll-free 1-800-607-6861.
ACID REFLUX RELIEF
HEALTH CARE PLANNING
EVERYONE LOOKS FORWARD to celebrations, but holiday feasts and toasts can be
unbearable if you suffer from heartburn.
Fortunately, over-the-counter products, such
as antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump
inhibitors (PPIs), are available to treat different acid re;ux symptoms. The following
information can help you decipher which of
these products would be best for you.
• Antacids create a basic chemical
reaction that partially neutralizes stomach
acid to provide relatively rapid and short-term relief for heartburn, sour stomach and
acid indigestion. Antacids are best for occasional, relatively mild cases of heartburn
that can be attributed to a speci;c event or
behavior, such as overeating at a holiday
dinner or eating spicy foods.
• H2 blockers partially block production of acid in the stomach cells by inhibiting histamine, a substance that stimulates
secretion of stomach acid. H2 blockers
relieve heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach and prevent
meal-induced heartburn. These acid reducers generally relieve symptoms for a longer
period of time than antacids, but take time
to work initially. Prescription H2 blockers
may provide short-term treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal re;ux disease
(GERD) and, over time and with higher daily
dosages, relief of erosive esophagitis.
No heartburn for the holidays
IF YOU SUFFER from
insomnia, as I do,
you’re not alone. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
cdc.gov), about 70 million Americans
suffer from chronic sleep problems.;
If you occasionally need assistance
to fall asleep fast, it may be time to try
Kirkland Signature™ Sleep Aid tablets.
One 25 mg tablet per dose, taken 30
minutes before an eight-hour sleep or as
directed by your doctor, has proven safe
and effective in reducing the dif;culty
in falling asleep.
The active ingredient doxylamine
succinate was approved by the Food and
Drug Administration in 1978 as safe and
effective for over-the-counter sleep aid use.
Doxylamine succinate is an antihistamine
that works by blocking histamine and acetylcholine, substances that your body produces. When histamine is reduced, you
usually become drowsy in 45 to 60 minutes.
Kirkland Signature Sleep Aid tablets
are far more economical than national-brand offerings. Costco offers this item in
warehouses in a 192-tablet box, packaged
in two 96-count bottles, for $6.99, compared with an average price of $47 for
the same number
tablets sold by
Don’t lie awake
counting those silly
sheep. Let Kirkland
Signature Sleep Aid
tablets help provide
a full night’s sleep, allowing you to be
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• Proton pump inhibitors deactivate
the pumps in the stomach lining from producing acid, signi;cantly inhibiting acid production at the source. PPIs treat ulcers,
GERD and erosive esophagitis. These products may take one to four days to work initially and are not indicated for immediate
relief of frequent heartburn. Do not take
PPIs for more than 14 days unless directed
by your doctor.
If you have heartburn for two weeks or
longer, be sure to consult your doctor.
Costco and Costco.com carry a selection of
antacids, H2 blockers and PPIs. C
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Stretch your health dollar
FALL USUALLY MARKS the open enrollment period for workplace health bene;ts
in the U.S. for the following year. This is
also a good time to plan for your health
savings account (HSA), a tax-free medical
Since enrollment in HSAs generally
requires members to pay more for co-
pays, of;ce visits and deductibles, Costco
can help enrollees when it comes to out-
of-pocket expenses. Costco’s full-service
pharmacies, routinely recognized by a
leading consumer magazine as being
among the least expensive places to ;ll
prescriptions across the nation, accept
virtually any insurance plan, and Costco’s
licensed pharmacists are highly trained
to help you evaluate your options.
Costco pharmacies are able to ;ll
small-dosage prescriptions, and they
carry a list of generics at signi;cant savings compared with brand names. Costco
pharmacies can also receive electronic
prescriptions directly and seamlessly from
your physician’s of;ce.
If you want to save money on your
health care, stop by the Costco Pharmacy
next time you are in the warehouse. C