5 New Years Resolution Tips From the Pharmacist

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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It’s officially 2018, which means it’s time to make those new year’s resolutions.

While it might be easy to stick to the resolutions for a few days, sometimes life can catch up with us. So how do you make those difficult new years resolutions stick? Here are some tips from the pharmacist to help you achieve your goals this year.

Lose those extra pounds

If you’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year you lose that extra baggage you’ve been carrying—congratulations! Losing weight can help with a number of health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and joint problems to name a few.

If you need help with your weight loss journey, you’re not alone! Many people feel as though the lifestyle changes needed to lose the weight are unsustainable. While there is no miracle pill to help you lose weight, there are some that can help jump-start the weight loss journey. Adipex-P, Contrave, Qsymia, Belviq, and Saxenda are common medications used to promote and maintain weight loss. Be sure to speak with your doctor to see if one of these is right for you.

Quit tobacco products

If you’ve been thinking about kicking your tobacco habit, there’s no better time than now! While quitting that tobacco addiction is one of the best things you can do for your health, it is also one of the hardest things to kick. Over time, quitting can decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Your body will thank you.

While you can try quitting cold turkey, there are some prescription and over the counter medications that can help make the process easier. Over the counter nicotine patches, lozenges, and gum are a great place to start. Prescription-only nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays, in addition to oral tablets like Chantix, and Zyban can be helpful if the over-the-counter medications are strong enough.

If you would like help eliminating tobacco products, quit programs like SmokefreeTXT or your state’s quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) are available to you at no charge. Talking to your doctor, pharmacist, or a tobacco treatment specialist can also help you determine if you are ready to quit and what your next steps should be.

Make the most of your money

The beginning of the new year can be a rough time for many, especially since most health insurance plans restart their deductible phase on January 1st.

You might have signed up for a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA) during the previous enrollment season. These accounts will help offset costs while you’re trying to meet your deductible and many employers will also contribute a decent sum of money to them on your behalf.  Check with your human resources department for more information specific to your employer.

You also may have noticed that your medications are still expensive, even with insurance. Remember, GoodRx is here to help. GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. In fact, for the top 20 Medicare plans in America, 66% of prescriptions can be purchased for less than your typical Medicare co-pay using discounts found on GoodRx. Moral of the story? It pays to use GoodRx!

Take advantage of employer programs

Many employers have programs geared towards your overall health and well-being. It’s in the best interest of a company to have healthy employees as they tend to be happier, cost the company less money, and are usually more productive at work.  
Companies might offer wellness programs like discounted or free gym memberships, wellness challenges, incentives for being healthy, or access to a dietician or other healthcare provider.

If you have questions about the type of perks your company offers, check your online employee portal or connect with your human resources department for more information.

Take advantage of free programs in your community

Depending on where you live, you may have access to free wellness programs like exercise classes, nutrition, and cooking classes. Check with your local YMCA, senior centers, libraries, or even local hospitals for more information about programs in your area.

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