Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy has a great range of products and services to ensure you experience a more holistic approach to your healthcare in Queensland.

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Pharmacists are one of the most trusted professionals in Australia for a reason. We take our role as a resource for advice, support and referral seriously. Not only do we provide in store clinics and whole health advice but you can also come in to see us for the little things. #askcalanna

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At Calanna, we stock a broader range of natural and Qld sourced health products. For us, taking care of your health and well being means taking care of more than just your medication. But we do that exceptionally well too with our free medication packing and delivery service and a price match guarantee on our preferred prescription brands. Come in and visit us today. #askcalanna

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Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies consider themselves more of a health destination, than just a chemist. Check out our complementary services and products to find out why we really are the natural choice chemist. #askcalanna

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At Calanna, we understand receiving advice you can understand, from health professionals you can trust, is important. Our philosophy is to create health destinations to provide just that. Our pharmacists all work on the floor to ensure you always have a professional to talk to at any of our stores.

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Pain relief answers may be a simple as a mouth swab

North Queensland Based Whole Health pharmacy group Calanna are encouraging people affected by the changes to Codeine this Thursday to come in store for a customised review of their pain management plans.

New research carried out by genetic interpretation company myDNA reveals that more than 1 in 3 people have turned to codeine to manage their pain in the last 12 months, with two thirds (64%) purchasing it over-the-counter.

The research also found that one quarter (24%) of those who use codeine admitted that their pain was still not under control.

Calanna Whole Health Group General Manager and pharmacist Matthew Calanna said it was a little-known fact that the effect of codeine is significantly determined by our genetic make-up.

“An individual’s genetic makeup can play a significant role in how a person metabolises medication.

“Pain medications like codeine can be totally ineffective or in some cases, can be metabolised too quickly, which increases the risk of a morphine overdose,” he explained.

But the solution could be as simple as a quick mouth swab according to Calanna.

“We offer a simple test in all our stores which analyses a number of genes and provides tailored information on which medicines are likely to work better for your body.”

The myDNA Medicine test at Calanna helps take the guess work out of prescription medication and could be the solution people are seeking in the wake of changes to the availability of Codeine.

“There are certain genes which contain instructions to build proteins called enzymes. These enzymes are involved in breaking down medications in the body, primarily in the liver.

“People have different versions of these genes which produce enzymes with varying levels of activity (e.g. slow, normal or fast). As a result, people vary in how slow or fast they break down and clear medications from their body.  

“This simple test gives individuals that information in an easy to understand report which they can then provide to their GP to take the guess work out of prescribing pain medications, heart and cholesterol medicines, mental health and gastrointestinal medications,” Mr Calanna said.

 The research also found that one in five (21%) people who use codeine are currently stockpiling supplies.

 

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