General Health Friday December 18, 2015

Get Your Medication In Time For Christmas

Hands up who is all set for Christmas? Hold on smug folk, have you thought about medications?

Without telling you how to run your life, its important to make sure you've got enough of everything - sprouts, gravy, emergency presents and inhalers. Here are some reasons to get organised with your meds this festive season.


Are you staying with relatives over Christmas? Make sure you have your medication and a spare set of medication. Here's why:

  • Relatives' pets can trigger asthma symptoms

  • Are they over-enthusiastic with the central heating? Hot, stuffy rooms can lead to an asthma attack, as can chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

  • Do they have a real tree? Christmas trees can trigger allergies and asthma in some, and artificial trees are notorious for dust.

  • If you're out and about sale shopping, the cold weather may trigger an asthma attack, particularly if you're going from a warm to a cold environment, such as stepping out of John Lewis into a street so cold it takes your breath away faster than The Artful Dodger taking your wallet.

  • What if it snows and you get stuck away from home? OK, more realistically, what if it rains and floods the entire country? Will you saddle a swan and sail for medication?


Christmas is a testing time for those with diabetes. A real threat lurks in the Christmas dinner. What exactly went into that stuffing? How sugary is that trifle? What if you have too many drinks because you're stressed to ****?

It's easy to lose track of what you've had to eat or drink when you're enjoying your time off, especially if others are going for it. Try taking some extra exercise to balance out that blood sugar and eat small portions.

It can be difficult to find an out-of-hours pharmacy at the best of times, but at Christmas and New Year you'll be fighting it out with all the others who forgot to order their diabetes medication too. Don't forget there's the option of ordering online if you get stuck.


What if you pick up cystitis or an STI at the Christmas party and your GP surgery is closed? (That reminds me, I need to buy some cranberry sauce) Don't panic. You can find what you need online if you can't get an appointment. The same goes for contraceptives. Closing the private area for maintenance over Christmas and New Year isn't anyone's idea of a good time, so always use condoms and pee after sex.

Partygoers with asthma should be aware that champagne, dry ice and perfumed candles can trigger an attack. Having a miniscule purse is no excuse to leave your reliever inhaler behind, boys. You could die.

Psoriasis / Eczema

All the rich foods, itchy festive jumpers, gifted moisturisers and the stress of peeling enough parsnips (**** I forgot the parsnips!) could cause a flare up. The last thing you need is your skin creating a white Christmas.

If you are staying at relatives you might find their bed-sheets, or their un-softened water (I am so spoilt), flare up your skin. Have plenty of soothing meds at the ready.

Get Organised!

So you get where I'm coming from. Anyone with a medical condition needs to get organised before Christmas last orders. If you're ordering online, you'll need to do it by around the 22nd or 23rd of December to get the delivery in time for Christmas. If you need to visit your GP, make sure you leave plenty of time and check their festive closing times and that of your local pharmacies.

If you run out of anything essential there's always the walk-in centre or A&E, but it'll be a pain, so try to prepare now.

Merry Christmas - get your prescriptions out!

You can order a wide range of treatments online with HealthExpress. Take a look below for our delivery times over Christmas and New Year. Merry Christmas!

delivery times
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