Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm | Healthy Medicine

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health advocate, explains that women should pay close attention to the medications their healthcare provider prescribes.

Modern medicine saves lives. Of that there is no doubt. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, medicines that are used improperly can kill. Information is the key in preventing tragedy. Before taking any new medicine, Ahlgrimm insists that women should ask their doctor or pharmacist lots of questions. These questions should include queries regarding the full name of the medication, its active ingredients, dosage amounts and timing, and potential side effects.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that keeping a medicine list can also keep a woman safe. This list, which should include all current medications, including OTC and supplements, should be presented to both physician and pharmacist to ensure there are no potential interactions.

A doctor or other qualified healthcare provider will only prescribe medications that are needed. These medicines should be taken as prescribed. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that men and women alike should completely follow the directions provided by the pharmacist and only take the suggested dose. This is one case where more is not better and overconsumption will not shorten the duration of the illness the medication was prescribed to heal. Medicines should never be shared or taken after their expiration date.

Not all medicines can be disposed of in the same way, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Some are safe to flush down the toilet while others can contaminate local water supplies. Other medications may crushed and mixed with kitty litter or coffee grounds, sealed in plastic, and tossed out with the garbage. Others still, especially highly-addictive opioids, should be taken back to the pharmacy or surrendered during a community drug take-back program. These are often held by the police station or local hospital.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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