Geisinger experts offer advice on medication and stress

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According to Geisinger’s doctors, stress can have a negative impact on our health, including not taking prescribed medications.

DANVILLE, Pennsylvania — Stress is something many of us are familiar with. We live with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic while dealing with personal stressors like finances and social issues. According to Geisinger’s doctors, stress can have a negative effect on our health, including not taking prescribed medications.

“If you don’t take your blood pressure medication, you’ll have a greater likelihood of having bad outcomes like heart attacks or strokes,” said Dr. Martin Matsumura, chief cardiology in the region. northeast of Geisinger.

Dr. Matsumura says that sometimes patients cannot afford medicine, which also leads to stress. He encourages patients to speak to their doctor if this is the case.

“Is there a generic or cheaper alternative medicine because of my health insurance plan that will do? Or are there other external solutions? Sometimes pharmaceutical companies have programs that will help patients pay for their medications based on what they can afford.”

Your pharmacist is also a good resource to help you research lower cost medications.

“Also help you research assistance programs such as PACE. There is a secondary government assistance program called PACE in Pennsylvania for residents over the age of 65 who meet certain income limits,” explained Keturah Weaver, pharmacist in clinical cardiology at Geisinger.

With Geisinger’s Medication Management Program, pharmacists are stationed in most clinics in the health system and work hand-in-hand with physicians.

“That means making sure you’re taking all the right medications,” Weaver added. “Also make sure you understand why you are taking these drugs and what each one is for.”

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