List of $4 Prescriptions at Wal-Mart

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Many patients are unaware of the $4 prescriptions available on many common medications. Please see our list below of all the prescriptions at Wal-Mart and other local pharmacies. (Some of the prescription medication prices range from $4-$9 for a 30-day supply.)

Note: These medications and prices on this list are subject to change. This list is current as of 1/10/2019. Please check here to see if your prescription medication or cost has changed.

Prescription $4 Wal-MartCholesterol

Atorvastatin 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Atorvastatin 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Atorvastatin 40mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Fenofibrate 145mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Gemfibrozil 600mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Simvastatin 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Simvastatin 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Simvastatin 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Diabetes

Glimepiride 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glimepiride 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glimepiride 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glipizide 5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glipizide 10mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glipizide ER 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glipizide ER 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glipizide ER 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glyburide/Metformin 2.5/500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glyburide/Metformin 5/500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 850mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 1000mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin ER 500mg
120 tablets
360 tablets
Metformin ER 750mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Pioglitazone 15mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pioglitazone 30mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pioglitazone 45mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24

Family Planning

Norethindrone 0.35mg
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24
Sprintec 28 Day
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24
Tri-Sprintec
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24

Heart Health & Blood Pressure

Amoiodarone 200mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Amlodipine 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amlodipine 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amlodipine 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Benazepril 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Benazepril 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Bisoprolol 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Carvedilol 3.125mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 6.25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 12.5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Cilostazol 50mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Cilostazol 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Clonidine 0.1mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clonidine 0.2mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clonidine 0.3mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clopidogrel 75mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Digoxin 0.125mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Digoxin 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 30mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 60mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 120mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem ER (24 hour) 120mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Doxazosin 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 2mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 4mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 8mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Furosemide 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Furosemide 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Furosemide 80mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydralazine 10mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydralazine 25mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydralazine 50mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Indapamide 1.25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Indapamide 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Irbesartan 150mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Irbesartan 300mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Isosorbide Mononitrate ER 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Isosorbide Mononitrate ER 60mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril/HCTZ 20mg/25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan/HCT 50/12.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Metoprolol ER 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Metoprolol ER 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Metoprolol Tartrate 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metoprolol Tartrate 50mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metoprolol Tartrate 100mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Minoxidil 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ramipril 2.5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Ramipril 5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Ramipril 10mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Torsemide 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Torsemide 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 37.5mg/25mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 37.5mg/25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 75mg/50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Valsartan/HCTZ 160/12.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Valsartan/HCTZ 160/25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 120mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 180mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 240mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Warfarin 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 3mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 6mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 7.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Mental Health

Amantadine 100mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Amitriptyline 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 75mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Buspirone 5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Buspirone 10mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Bupropion 75mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 150mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 200mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion XL 150mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Carbidopa/Levodopa 10/100mg
90 tablets, $9
270 tablets, $24
Carbidopa/Levodopa 25/100mg
90 tablets, $9
270 tablets, $24
Citalopram 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Citalopram 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Citalopram 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Divalproex DR 250mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Donepezil 5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Donepezil 10mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 30mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 60mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Fluoxetine 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Fluoxetine 20mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Fluoxetine 40mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Lamotrigine 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Lamotrigine 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lamotrigine 150mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Lamotrigine 200mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levetiracetam 500mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Lithium Carbonate 300mg
60 capsules
180 capsules
Lithium Carbonate ER 300mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Lithium Carbonate ER 450mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Mirtazapine 15mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Mirtazapine 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Mirtazapine 45mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Nortriptyline 10mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Nortriptyline 25mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Nortriptyline 50mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Olanzapine 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 7.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 15mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Oxcarbazepine 300mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Paroxetine 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Paroxetine 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Paroxetine 40mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.125mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 1.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Primidone 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Primidone 250mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 200mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 300mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Risperidone 0.25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 0.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 3mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Ropinirole 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 0.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 2mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 3mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 4mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Sertraline 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Sertraline 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Topiramate 25mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 50mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 10mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 200mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Trazodone 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trazodone 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trazodone 150mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trihexyphenidyl 2mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Trihexyphenidyl 5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 37.5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 75mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine ER 37.5mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Venlafaxine ER 75mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Venlafaxine ER 150mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Zonisamide 50mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24

Thyroid

 

Levothyroxine 25mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 50mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 75mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 88mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 100mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 112mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 125mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 137mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 150mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 175mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 200mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Vitamins & Nutrition

Folbee
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Folic Acid 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Disclaimer

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the videos is solely at your own risk.

About Five Star ER

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Why Cleaning Your Fridge can Improve Your Health

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How does a clean, organized refrigerator relate to our general wellness? 

Today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Yes. It’s an actual day.) We collaborated with Erin Mursch, the owner of Organized for Good. She’s a professional home organizer based in Austin, Texas, and she sharing her advice on how to clean and organize your refrigerator. But before we know how to properly organize our fridge, we have to know why cleaning your fridge can improve your health.

Healthy Fridge means a Healthy Body

The food we put in our bodies directly impacts all aspects of our health. We all know this, but it’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives and develop unhealthy eating habits. On days like today, we need to take a step back, clean out our fridge, and remind ourselves how important it is to take care of our bodies.
Need a reminder? Let’s start with one of the most important organs in our body — the heart. Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in America — nearly 610,000 people die of heart disease every year. (That’s 1 in every 4 deaths.) A diet that’s high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease. On the other hand, eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. You can lower your chances for heart disease by maintaining a healthy diet. Remember that the best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health.
Clean Organized Refrigerator Healthy Food

Avoid Cross-Contamination

As you are cleaning out your fridge, remember to keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge. This avoids cross-contamination, which can help protect you and your family from food poisoning.

How to Organize your Fridge

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? Does that seriously need a holiday?” I thought the exact same thing. But after further reflection, cleaning out the fridge is one of those things that doesn’t get done precisely because it doesn’t have an official day. Have you noticed that the little tasks you can take care of any time are the things that we never seem to get around to? We’re so busy, we have to carve out time in our schedules for literally everything. So today, I invite you to take the time to slow down and remove this from your mental to do list. Do it the right way, and it will feel like such a relief. Plus, with the holidays just around the corner, you’ll be glad you made space and took inventory of what you need to use up before the ice box is stocked with turkey and stuffing.

Naturally, as a Certified KonMari Consultant, my approach to cleaning out the refrigerator is inspired by the Queen of TIdy herself, Marie Kondo. Here is how to KonMari your fridge in 7 simple steps:

1. Commit to tidying your fridge.

Every journey begins with a single step, so decide that today is the day your fridge gets cleaned out, and affirm it. I’d block at least 30-40 minutes for this project. Less if there’s not much in there, more if it’s totally stuffed. If you share a fridge with others in your household, communicate your plans to them and get them involved if possible.

2. Envision your goal.

Take a moment to visualize your tidy fridge, full of all the things that you want to be eating as part of your healthy lifestyle. Imagine the fresh, crisp air, and the bright, white clean surfaces inside your beautifully organized fridge. That’s what we’re aiming for.

3. Take everything out & categorize.

Yes, remove everything from the fridge. This will allow you to see and personally handle each item currently taking up real estate in the fridge.

One of the KonMari Method fundamentals is to tidy by category, not location. So rather than randomly placing your fridge contents wherever they happen to land, group items by category and place them along your countertops, table, or other clean kitchen surface.

dressings and condiments
fruits
vegetables
beverages
eggs
meats and cheeses
leftovers
hummus, yogurt, other tubs and jars
other

4. Discard.

First, take a broad view of your fridge contents. Which are the largest categories? Does anything surprise you? Are you eating in accordance with your vision for your ideal healthy lifestyle? Don’t judge yourself, just notice. Then, get to work.

The next KonMari Fundamental we’ll apply to our refrigerator is to finish discarding first, and to decide what to keep by asking whether it sparks joy. Category by category, examine each item, check expiration dates and ask yourself if you truly want to consume it.

Food waste is no joke. If there is food that is still edible, see if anyone you know wants it before trashing it. If it’s ready to eat, offer it to a homeless person. My dog is another worthy recipient of scraps, so if you have pets, that’s an option too. Then, any remaining food waste that is unwanted or past its prime should be composted, and containers rinsed out and recycled. (Learn about Austin’s curbside composting program here.)

5. Clean out.

Now it’s time to truly clean out the fridge. Wipe down the shelves, crisper drawers and door compartments with a vinegar cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and water and add 6-10 drops of essential oils for a great smell. I change up the essential oils by season- my favorite blends for the kitchen are pink grapefruit with lemongrass & sweet orange, or rosemary with cinnamon & peppermint. There are a lot of wonderful natural and great smelling products out there if you’re not into DIY, but since this is where we store our food, I avoid using bleach and other strong industrial chemicals. If you want to next level your natural DIY, check out Bon Appetit’s citrus vinegar cleaner.

6. Assign a home to each food category.

Wipe down containers when you return them so sticky bottles don’t muck up your clean surfaces. Where you decide to place each category depends on the design of your fridge, but use your best judgement to match the shape of each type of container to the best available space. Keep what you use most often in the easiest to get to zones. And here is a super specific guide to the best way to store your fruits and vegetables to maximize their freshness and taste.

Remove unattractive packaging and face labels towards the front so you can quickly see what it is. If you want to corral items that tumble over easily, opt for clear bins like these from Container Store. In this space, it’s important to see everything you have so food doesn’t get forgotten and go bad.

7. Maintain.

What good is a clean fridge if it doesn’t last? First, if you share your fridge, communicate your organization system and get on the same page about where items need to be returned after each use. If you notice leaky containers, swap them out immediately, and clean up spills as they happen — it doesn’t get easier once things evaporate and get sticky. Maybe invest in glass storage containers so your tupperware woes can be a thing of the past while you’re at it.

Finally, make a habit of inventorying your fridge every week before grocery shopping. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry, and know what you have so you don’t buy more than you can eat. You’ll save food waste and money. There are all sorts of apps for shopping lists, but I use a post it. Do what makes the most sense to you.

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Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 22 – 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is meant to help shatter myths surrounding drugs and alcohol and further educate people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use. Therefore, Five Star ER is sharing five common myths and misconceptions about drugs and alcohol.

MYTH: People with high a tolerance for alcohol can drink more and still be okay.

FACT: If you need to drink more to feel the same “buzz,” that is not a good thing! It means that the alcohol you drink is affecting your body negatively. You will still be getting drunk even if you don’t feel it. This means you will drink more and potentially cause more damage.

MYTH: Coffee sobers you up.

FACT: Coffee does not sober you up. The only thing that can sober a person who is under the influence or intoxicated is time. The caffeine in coffee can mask the feelings of drunkenness, but that does not mean you are still not drunk. Food has a similar effect, and can delay when you feel drunk, but it does not sober you.

MYTH: Beer doesn’t get you as drunk as hard liquor.

FACT: If you drink one ounce of beer compared to one ounce of hard liquor, this may be true. But 12 ounces of beer has the same alcoholic content as 5 ounces of wine and 1 ounce, or a shot, of hard liquor. It is important to pay attention to the size of your drink and the alcoholic content by volume (ACV). Some beers can have an ACV as high as 12% and will get you drunk much quicker. A mixed drink often has more than just 1 ounce of hard liquor, and will have a higher ACV.

MYTH: There’s no harm in trying drugs just once.

FACT: While this may be true for some people, it is not always the case. Trying drugs is always a gamble. You can become addicted to drugs from trying them just once. Depending on the drug, you could also overdose the first time you try it.

MYTH: People don’t have to go to the ER for being drunk.

FACT: Emergency room visits for alcohol intoxication have increased by more than 50% in the last decade. Not only are these visits more frequent, but the ER stays are lasting longer, too. Binge drinking is a problem for many Americans, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Five Star ER encourages everyone to drink responsibly. However, if an emergency arises you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Don’t Try a Fad Diet in 2018

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69 percent of fad diets failIf you’re like 21% of Americans, your new year’s resolution may be to lose weight or get in better shape. Those are great goals, but reports say only 9% of people who set resolutions for themselves felt they actually achieved them. One reason people won’t meet their 2018 health resolution is because they try a fad diet.

Fad diets are popular in the U.S., with the average American adult trying to implement a fad diet four times a year. However, 69% of fad diets fail, and 65% of people who lose weight on a fad diet gain it all back. Some popular fad diets today are the Keto-diet, which severely limits the amount of carbohydrates a person eats in a day; juice cleanses that replace meals with fresh squeezed juices; and Whole 30, which limits processed food and other types of food deemed unhealthy for 30 days.

If you have heard of, or tried, these diets you may have seen quick success, but may not have been able to keep the weight off. Erin Ippen, a registered dietician nutritionist, says fad diets only work because “they cause initial weight loss but are not sustainable and rarely lead to long-term weight loss. For low-carb diets specifically, they change the way you metabolize nutrients, so most weight loss is a result of water weight instead of fat loss.”

Some of these diets can also have serious health repercussions. “When you restrict certain food groups, you can miss out on essential nutrients, which can negatively affect your health,” Ippen advises. For example, the keto-diet limits your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are extremely important to the function of your body, because carbs are broken into glucose in the blood stream. Your brain, vital organs, and exercising muscle can only function with glucose in the blood stream. Without that glucose, your body makes alternate fuel sources, like ketones. Ketones occur in the blood when your body doesn’t have enough energy so it begins breaking down fats in the liver, then muscle, and causes your blood to become more acidic, and you are in a state of ketosis.

Ketosis occurs in people with anorexia, as well as diabetics with sustained high blood sugars, otherwise known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is very serious and requires immediate medical care. The keto-diet advertises ketosis as a healthy, metabolic state. They claim your body will adjust to a state of ketosis, but instead you can cause serious damage to your internal organs; prolonged ketosis can result in becoming unconscious, seizures and even death.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fruity breath, excessive thirst or urination, weakness, fatigue or nausea and vomiting you may be in ketosis and need immediate medical attention. If you are dieting and experience dizziness, lose consciousness or experience low blood sugar, you should also seek medical help.

If you are serious about losing weight in 2018, ditch the fad diets. They often cause more harm then good, and could even land you in the ER. Talk to a nutritionist to figure out a healthy weight loss plan for yourself, and make small changes over time so you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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How to Make Health a Priority: National Health Education Week

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October 16-20 is National Health Education Week! Five Star ER encourages everyone to take control of their well-being and learn new ways to improve their health. Knowledge is a proactive and powerful health tool, so here are five actionable ways to learn more about your health this week:

  1. Take a Healthy Cooking Class

An easy way to take control of your health is to learn to make healthy, homemade meals. An unhealthy diet contributes to over 650,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and can leads to diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Learning to make healthy meals that include lots of fresh, green vegetables and are low in fat can help keep you and your family in good shape and prevent obesity-related diseases.

  1. Learn your Family’s Medical History

Knowing your family’s medical history can help you learn more about your risk for certain diseases, and lead you to make healthy choices that may help prevent those same issues for yourself. If you can, the easiest way to learn your family’s health history is to talk to your family members, including extended family, for any illnesses they may have that can be hereditary like high blood pressure, cancers, and more. Be sure to write down any information so that you can refer to it later.

  1. Have an Annual Physical

An annual physical can often be the first step to learning what you may be at risk for, or what illnesses you may already have. Many insurance companies fully cover one physical a year with your primary care physician, and the annual physical can be an important tool in learning about your own health.

  1. Research any Current Diagnoses

If you are one of the 133 million Americans with a chronic condition, like diabetes, depression, or asthma you should be doing research to stay up-to-date on your condition. Through knowledge not only can you better advocate for yourself but many chronic illnesses are manageable with proper detection and treatment. When doing research, you should look to reputable websites and sources like government resources such as the National Institute of Health, or talk to your doctor.

  1. Learn What to do and Where to go in a Medical Emergency

Creating an emergency plan can help you be better prepared for any situation. You should have a plan which includes a kit with basic medical supplies, like band-aids and aspirin. You should also know the closest place to go to seek medical emergency care. Five Star ER offers on-site laboratories and diagnostic tests, like CT scans, so you can get answers faster. And with several Austin locations along major highways, Five Star ER is a great choice when emergencies happen. Learn where you closest Five Star ER location is here.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

 

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Don’t Bring Foodborne Illness to Your Next Get-Together

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If there is one thing Texans are known for, it’s BBQ and summer backyard get-togethers! But what many people don’t know is that the warmer weather can invite a lot of unwanted guests to your next cookout, picnic or outdoor party in the form of bacteria and foodborne illness. Yes, you read that right: foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. The reason why is twofold: (1) bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures, and (2) preparing food outdoors makes safe food handling more difficult.

“People think of burns and other grilling mishaps when they think of outdoor food emergencies this time of year, but in reality, emergency rooms see many patients during the summer who get sick from eating salads and other food that has been in the heat too long,” said Marysol Imler, RN, vice president of Five Star ER.

Cooking Outdoors

One challenge of cooking outdoors is the lack of safety controls that an indoor kitchen provides such as a refrigerator and a sink to wash hands and food. Foodborne bacteria grow fastest at temperatures between 90 and 110°F. During the summer months, the warmer temperatures and higher humidity are ideal for bacterial growth. This means that food items that are not properly cleaned, cooked or stored can lead to someone getting sick.

Before your next outdoor party, picnic, BBQ or camping trip, review these four simple steps to keep food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill.

Clean: Make sure your hands are clean and wash them often to prevent the spread of germs!

  • If possible, wash hands under running water for at least 20 seconds using warm water and plenty of soap.
  • If a sink is not available (say you’re camping), bring water for preparation and cleaning or pack clean, wet, disposable washcloths, moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.

Separate: Keep raw and cooked foods away from each other! Improper handling of food, kitchen tools and surfaces can cause microorganisms to transfer from raw to cooked food. Cross-contamination during preparation, grilling, and serving food is a prime cause of foodborne illness.

  • Use separate plates and utensils to keep foods separate.
  • When packing items in a cooler, use bags/wrap to keep raw meats and their juices from coming into contact with other foods.

Cook: Use a thermometer to prevent foodborne illness. Food safety experts agree that food is safely cooked when it is heated for a long enough time and at a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Using a food thermometer is the only way to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, seafood and egg products.

  • Cook all raw meats and poultry to the minimum safe internal temperatures:
    • Poultry (whole, pieces & ground): 165 °F /74 °C
    • Ground meats: 160 °F /71 °C
    • Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts & chops): 145 °F /63 °C

Chill: Foods left out and not stored properly are a breeding ground for bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

  • Cold, refrigerated, perishable foods like luncheon meats, cooked meats, chicken, and potato or pasta salads should be kept in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice, ice packs or containers of frozen water.
  • Consider packing canned beverages in one cooler, and perishable food in another cooler, because the beverage cooler may be opened frequently causing the temperature inside of the cooler to fluctuate and become unsafe.
  • While driving, keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car. Once outside, place it in the shade or out of the sun whenever possible.
  • Preserve the cold temperature of the cooler by replenishing the ice as soon as it starts to melt.

 

Friends, family and food: nothing is better and more fun than summer get-togethers! But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Find the Five Star ER location nearest you.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on FacebookInstagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

 

Don’t Be a Statistic: Drive Safe This July 4th Weekend

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AmbulancesPlanning on traveling this Fourth of July weekend? You’re not alone! A record 44.2 million people are planning to travel to celebrate America’s independence and 37.5 million of those people plan to drive to their destination. With more cars on the road this time of year it’s no accident that the July 4th weekend is one of the deadliest each year.

In fact, 36 people in Texas died last year during the July 4th weekend, more than any other holiday weekend except for New Year’s. The record-setting number of fatalities this time of year is a combination of increased drunk driving and a large number of motorcycles on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, alcohol was a factor in 47% of July 4th traffic fatalities. The normal daily average is only 35%. For motorcycle riders, there is an average of 26 deaths on July 4th, compared to the normal daily average of 12.1 the rest of the year.

“With all of the parties and festivities such as Fourth of July, I have seen so many young people die in motor vehicle crashes during the summer months,” says Dr. Brian Aldred, medical director at Five Star ER in Round Rock. “These victims are often recent graduates, new parents, even newly licensed drivers. They had their whole life in front of them only to have it cut short by drunk driving or being killed by a drunk driver.”

Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy Fourth of July festivities without causing an accident! Before you hit the road to celebrate this long holiday weekend, make sure you take steps to avoid an auto accident.

  • Designate a sober driver, call a cab or use a ride-share: If you are planning on drinking, make plans for how you will get home. See whether one of your friends or relatives is willing to be the designated driver. If everyone wants a cocktail or two, plan on using a taxi or calling a ride-sharing service.
  • Provide alcohol-free refreshments: If you are the host, ensure your designated drivers have something refreshing to enjoy. Mix up some alcohol-free cocktails so they can feel like part of the fun without the negative consequences.
  • Plan an overnight celebration: If you and your social group like to party hard, consider an overnight celebration at someone’s home, a hotel, or an Airbnb. That way everyone can enjoy good food, great drinks, a late night, and sleep it all off before heading home the next day.
  • Drive carefully: Even if you are sober and ready to drive, others on the road might not be. Never speed on your way home and keep a watchful eye out for swerving or erratic drivers. If someone is one the road who clearly should not be, immediately call the vehicle and its license number into the police. It could save someone’s life.

Road trips and traveling are part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER location nearest you: https://fivestarer.com/locations

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. Find the location nearest you.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Fireworks Safety: Light Up the Night and Stay Safe!

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The 4th of July wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks! While firework displays are a great way to celebrate, make sure you and everyone in your family know about firework safety. Even the smallest fireworks (yes, sparklers included!) can send someone to the ER.

Unfortunately, there are no such things as “safe” fireworks. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in both kids and adults. Over 30 percent of the 5,200 injuries from fireworks each year happen to children—most of which are from sparklers, novelty devices, and aerial devices. These injuries include burns, lacerations, and even partial finger amputations. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend a local public firework displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

If you do choose to use fireworks at home, here are a few safety guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association to follow:

  1. Always check local laws and regulations. Anything that’s banned is also unregulated, which means it could be dangerous. Also, don’t purchase any professional-grade products to use at home. You’ll know a product isn’t meant for home use, because it won’t have colorful packaging or safety labeling meant for consumers and may instead look generic or be sold in a brown paper bag.
  2. Don’t let kids touch or light fireworks. While some fireworks–like sparklers–may seem harmless, they can cause serious injury. In fact, sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees which is equal to a blow torch and is hot enough to melt some metals.
  3. Plan ahead. Before you light any fireworks at home, make sure to have a bucket of water or garden hose ready. Always light fireworks one at a time and never try to get close or relight a firework that fails to go off.
  4. Be smart! Never throw fireworks or point them toward another person. Also don’t shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  5. Prevent fires. After a firework is finished, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash or grass fire.

If you get burned by fireworks, you may also need the professionals to treat your injuries. Second-degree burns are characterized by blisters, swollen skin, and significant pain, according to Dr. Greg Hadden, medical director at Five Star ER-Dripping Springs. Run the injured area under cool water (not ice water) to relieve pain and reduce heat, then apply antibiotic ointment and loosely bandage with clean gauze. More serious second- and third-degree burns require an ER evaluation and may even warrant referral to a specialist.

Enjoying fireworks and relaxing in the great outdoors are part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Find the Five Star ER location nearest you

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. Find the location nearest you.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Don’t Let Grilling Injuries Ruin Your Summer Cookout

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Grill Safety 101Fire? Check. Food? Check. Alcohol? Check. What could possibly go wrong when grilling outdoors? As it turns out, a whole lot! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 18,000 people are sent to the ER each year because of grilling-related accidents. Summer is in full swing in Central Texas, and there’s no better time than now to freshen up on grilling safety! Take a look at our Grill Safety 101 survival guide that will help you and your family have a safe barbecuing season!

 

Safety Tip #1

Keep anything (or anyone) that can be burned away from the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended, especially if children or pets are around. Clothing like shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings can also easily catch fire so be sure to wear appropriate clothes and to make sure they don’t come into contact with open flames. Finally, never try to move a lit or hot grill. And remember, the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.

Safety Tip #2

Use long-handled utensils such as spatulas, tongs, forks and brushes designed specifically for grilling to avoid getting too close to the flames.

Safety Tip #3

Don’t leave perishables out for more than one hour to prevent bacteria from growing. The temperature “danger zone” is between 70° F and 130° F, where it is estimated that harmful bacteria can rapidly multiply as often as every 10 minutes. It’s scary to think about, but each year more than 400,000 people suffer from foodborne illness after eating contaminated food.

Safety Tip #4

Keep cooked meats away from raw meats. Using the same platter or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood allows bacteria from the raw food’s juices to spread to the cooked food. Instead, have a clean platter and utensils ready at grill-side to serve your food.

Safety Tip #5

Always use a thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria.

 

Grilling and relaxing in the great outdoors is part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER nearest you: https://fivestarer.com/locations

 

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. Find the location nearest you.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Tips To Having An Eggcellent (And Safe!) Easter

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Egg hunts, family get-togethers and backyard BBQs make Easter a fun time of year for everyone! Don’t let an accident or injury spoil the fun! Use these tips to keep your kids and family safe.

Check For Rotten Eggs!

Decorating eggs is a fun tradition for many families, but did you know Salmonella can be found on both the inside and outside of eggs? To avoid cross contamination and possible illness make sure you store and cook eggs properly before dying. Always wash your hands thoroughly (and your kids too!) before and after handling raw or uncooked eggs.

Hunt Low, Not High

If you are planning to have an Easter egg hunt, make sure to hide eggs in places that are not too high for kids to reach to avoid falls and injuries. Also avoid placing eggs near the street or driveway if there are cars/vehicles coming and going. It’s easy for kids to get excited during holiday celebrations so make sure there is plenty of adult supervision at all times!

Designate Egg Hunt Boundaries

Set up a boundary for an outdoor Easter egg hunt so kids are not wandering off or into places that aren’t safe or supervised. It may also be good idea to separate kids in age groups to prevent big kids from knocking over smaller kids.

Check All The Eggs In Your Basket

If it’s small enough to fit inside of an Easter egg, it’s small enough to fit inside of a child’s mouth. Prevent choking hazards by checking that all toys and candy are age appropriate for the little ones at your Easter gathering.

Stay Safe Outdoors

If you are going to be outside for long periods for an Easter egg hunt or other outdoor activities, remember to apply sunscreen to prevent getting sun burned. Broad spectrum (UVA & UVB protection) with at least a 15 SPF should be used. If you burn easily, then you should use higher SPF. Also remember to drink plenty of fluids and seek shade for rest to prevent dehydration and heat illness.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.