We are a local community pharmacy and strive to use our experience and expertise to give our customers the best advice. We are happy to offer our expert advice confidentially in our private consultation room. You are not required to make an appointment. We can check your inhaler technique or complete a medication reviews to ensure your medication is appropriate for you. Whatever your healthcare query is we will do our best to answer it. All information discussed with any member of our team is treated with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.

Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure screening service is available in our pharmacy without prior appointment.

What is Hypertension?
Hypertenson is the medical term used for high blood pressure and is a major cause of stroke and heart attack. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, together with your family doctor and a healthy lifestyle, you can keep your blood pressure at a healthy level and reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. The only way you can find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. For most people the only way to know you have hypertension is to have it measured. Two numbers measure the level of blood pressure. One number records blood pressure when the pressure is at its highest as the heart squeezes out the blood from the heart – this is called systolic pressure. Then when the heart relaxes and allows the blood to flow back into the heart – this measurement is called diastolic pressure.The normal level of blood pressure is about 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic). If you have several measurements which show that your blood pressure is 140 over 90, (or over 140 over 80 if you have diabetes) then it is likely that you have hypertension or high blood pressure

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Why should I have my blood pressure checked?
High blood pressure causes gradual damage to the blood vessels and the heart without any obvious symptoms . If untreated this damage progresses over time and may result in stroke, heart attack or kidney damage. High blood pressure is the main risk factor for stroke, which leads to 2,000 deaths a year in Ireland.

Will I have to see my doctor?
Depending on your blood pressure result, you may be recommended by the Pharmacist to visit a Doctor within a specific time. Should you suffer from any of the following symtoms dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations or shortness of breath you should seek immediate evaluation by your GP. Always remember that high blood pressure is just one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you consider yourself to be high risk you should seek your GP’s advice.

What if I am diagnosed with High Blood Pressure?
If you have been told you have high blood pressure, your doctor is likely to recommend a number of important lifestyle changes such as:
• Eating a diet that is high in fruit, vegetables and unprocessed cereals (e.g. porridge) as well as low in saturated (animal) fats.
• Eating less salt and processed foods.
• Being more physically active.
• Losing weight and staying a healthy weight.
• Cutting down on alcohol consumption.
• Stopping smoking

You will be asked to return in a few months for a repeat check, when hopefully the changes you have made have lowered your blood pressure to normal levels. Although lifestyle changes can be very effective, some people will need medication as well. Don’t be concerned if your doctor prescribes more than one tablet to control your blood pressure. This is quite common. Each tablet works slightly differently. By using a combination of tablets you can achieve much better blood pressure control & with less side-effects than using a single tablet. It’s essential that you take your blood pressure medication every day, and as prescribed, to ensure you keep your blood pressure under control.

Smoking Cessation

Why should I quit?
Everyone has their own reason for wanting to quit, here are a few of the most common ones that we hear in the pharmacy.
• I want to improve my health.
• I want to lower the risk of getting a life threatening diseases.
• I would love to be to be fitter and healthier.
• I wish I was a better role model for my children
• I am tired of having no money
• I want better skin and teeth,
• I hate the smell of smoke in my hair and on my clothes.
• I’d love to have a no smoking household especially for my family.
• I hate needing a cigarette to deal with the daily stresses.

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Smoking Facts from www.quit.ie
• 1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease
• Most smokers (83%) regret that they ever started smoking and would not smoke if they had the choice again.
• Smoking takes 10 to 15 years quality years off your life.
• Every 6.5 seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco use = 1.5 million people dying needlessly each year.
• Every cigarette a person smokes reduces his/her life by five and a half minutes.
• In Ireland, smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death. Nearly 5.,500 people die in Ireland each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others are ill because of smoking-related diseases

How do I quit?
There is no ‘quick fix’ to quitting smoking. If you want to give up smoking for good you need to take a closer look at your smoking and understand why you smoke. What are the effects of smoking on your life and your future – good and bad? You may find that your level of motivation changes from day-to-day depending on your mood and the situations you find yourself in. Changing your attitude to smoking, making the decision to give up, and changing your lifestyle are important to your success.At McFadden’s Pharmacy we are available to help you tailor a plan bested suited to help you achieve your goal. We will help you:
• choose the most suitable products for you to use to help you quit
• give you useful information on how to beat the cravings
• by being here to chat and give you motivation (just in case you slip up)

Emergency Contraception

The Emergency contraceptive pill is available directly from the Pharmacy without a Doctor’s prescription to women over 16 years of age, subject to meeting certain criteria.

If you think you need emergency contraception, it’s important to act quickly.
Emergency contraception is a safe, effective and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed or if no contraception was used. Sometimes described as the morning after pill – The Emergency Contraception Pill can be effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but is more effective the sooner you use it.

Emergency contraception does not protect against a STI.
If you have any questions about STI’s talk to your Pharmacist or GP. Our Pharmacists have been trained to treat requests for emergency contraception professionally and confidentially. The Pharmacist will need to ask a few simple questions before you are given the Emergency Contracteptive Pill. This will help the Pharmacist ensure that it is suitable for you to use. If suitable for yo, the pharmacist will be supply you with the medication, along with advice on how it should be taken. Our Pharmacist can also offer you advice on the options available for long-term methods of contraception.

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If for any reason the Emergency Contraceptive Pill is not suitable for you, the Pharmacist will direct you another source of help and support.

Blister Packing Service

Blister Packing is a free service for our customers.

McFadden’s Pharmacy Blister Packing System is a personalised service that repackages your medication into a special weekly tablet organiser pack that is personal to you. It gives you an easy way to organise your medication. Studies have shown that patients who have their medication packed in an easy to follow system like our Blister Packing System are more likely to take their medication correctly.

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How does Blister Packing Work?

1. Daily medications are prepared in special weekly or monthly tablet organisers which are designed for ease of use.
2. Each of your tablets are held in separate compartments in the tablet organiser, depending on the time of day that you take it. Our pharmacy team will work this all out for you in line with the GP instructions from your prescriptions which we keep on file. This will saving you any confusion and organisation time.
3. Each time of the day is clearly marked on the tablet organiser pack- breakfast, lunch, dinner and bed to ensure the right medication is taken at the right time.
4. The tablets in each compartment in the tablet organiser can be seen. Access to the medication is easy by simply popping the strip that covers that section.

Who is Blister Packing for?
1. For anybody taking a lot of medications
2. For those who worry about missing a dose of their medication
3. For those who care for someone who takes multiple medications
4. For those going on holidays that only want to bring their medication in an convenient to carry way

Why would it be of benefit to you?

McFadden’s Pharmacy Blister Packing Service will benefit you because:
• You, your family or your carer can see at a glance which tablets have been taken so there is no need to worry about forgetting your medications.
• It is easy to use.
• It ensures a safer way to take medications.
• The medication is clearly visible.
• The medication times are clearly stated.
• You are in control.

Government Scheme Entitlements

Medical Card

Medical Cards allow people to access Family Doctor or GP services, community health services, dental services, prescription medicine costs, hospital care and a range of other benefits free of charge or at a lower cost than normal.Most people who get a Medical Card do so because their income is below a certain level.From December 1st 2013, prescription charges for Medical Card holders are now €2.50 per item – capped at a maximum of €25.00 per month per family.

Download Medical Card application form.

GP Visit cards
GP Visit Cards can allow individuals and families in Ireland to visit their family doctor for free. Only the cost of visits to your family doctor is free; you must pay for prescribed drugs, medicines and other health services similar to others who don’t have a Medical Card. If you are granted a GP Visit Card you should also apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card if you don’t already have one.

Download GP Visit Card application form.

Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS)
Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland should not pay more than €144 each month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by that person or his or her family in that month.You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and hold a PPSN. There is no means test for the Drugs Payment Scheme.

Download DPS application form.

Long Term Illness Scheme (LTI)
If you have certain long-term illnesses or disabilities, you may apply to join the Long Term Illness Scheme and you will be supplied with a Long Term Illness book. This book allows you to get drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of your illness, free of charge. It does not depend on your income or other circumstances and is separate from the Medical Card Scheme and the GP Visit Card Scheme.

LTI scheme covers the following illnesses:
• Acute Leukaemia
• Mental handicap
• Cerebral Palsy
• Mental Illness (in a person under 16)
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Diabetes Insipidus
• Muscular Dystrophies
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Parkinsonism
• Epilepsy
• Phenylketonuria
• Haemophilia
• Spina Bifida
• Hydrocephalus
• Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide

More information on the LTI Scheme here.

European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC allows the holder to access health care services when traveling to other EU or EEA countries. Anyone who is living in Ireland or intends to live here for a year can apply for an EHIC.
Download EHIC Application form.

Further information for all of these entitlements is available on the HSE website.