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What You Should Know About Personal Prescription Importation

Many Americans use one or more prescription medications. If you consider that it is not unusual for more than one person in a household to be on more than one prescription medication, you can imagine the monthly expense. Even with health insurance, the cost of prescription medications for many Americans is sky high, leaving some […]

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Yes, Men Can Get Osteoporosis, Too

While it is true that osteoporosis is something that women are usually concerned about, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation about one in four men over the age of 50 years will fracture or break a bone because they have developed osteoporosis.    What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis usually affects the spine, hips, ribs and wrists, […]

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Depression Associated with Bipolar Disorder Treatment with Latuda (lurasidone)

Bipolar disorder involves fluctuation between hypomania or mania (“high”) and clinical depression (“low”).  The patient may experience episodes of high and low moods, with periods of normal energy in between, which can vary from mild to dangerous. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million adult Americans are affected by bipolar disorder. […]

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Keep Your Mind Sharper with Mentally Stimulating Activities

Do you enjoy doing puzzles, going to museums, participating in games and arts and crafts?  You may be doing something good for your brain while you’re having a good time! Researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland have found that older adults who enjoy puzzles and crossword puzzles and other mentally engaging pastimes scored […]

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What are Drug Interactions and Can You Avoid Them?

  A drug interaction occurs when a medication’s actions or effectiveness is affected or altered by another substance, such as another medication or supplement, or even food or drink. In other words, there are some medications that you should not take while taking other medications. If you are taking any kind of prescription medication, over-the-counter […]

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It’s  Family Vacation Season – Don’t Forget Your Prescription Meds!

It’s that time of year, when families across America are planning to get away and have some fun. Whether you are taking a road trip with your loved ones or you’re packing up and getting on a plane to some other fun destination, it’s important to make sure you have your family’s health at the […]

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Understanding Depression and Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder with Wellbutrin XL®

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) more than 322 million people worldwide live with depression. Types of Depression: Not all depression is the same There are several types of depressive disorders.  While some may present similarly, they each have their own unique symptoms. Major Depressive Disorder – This type is the most […]

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How to Safely Order Erectile Dysfunction Medication from an Online Canadian Pharmacy Service

Gentlemen, we understand how you feel.  You went to see your doctor about your erectile dysfunction and that was a difficult thing to do.  Handed a prescription for  Viagra or other medication to treat your situation you’re now faced with either going to a pharmacy in person or ordering online. We get it! It’s not […]

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Breast Cancer Treatment

According to the  American Cancer Society, the estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2019 are:  About 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.  About 62,930 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).  Tamoxifen is […]

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Zantac Sales Suspended. What Should You Know?

You have probably heard that sales of Zantac-like heartburn drugs have been suspended due to  cancer fears. Used to treat peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome,   Zantac (ranitidine) is a medication used to help treat heartburn, esophagitis, and duodenal ulcers by decreasing stomach acid production.   Ranitidine is in a class […]

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Treating Epileptic Seizures With Prescription Keppra® (levetiracetam)

Levetiracetam is a prescription medication that belongs to the drug class known as anticonvulsants.  It is used for the treatment of epilepsy and may help decrease the number and frequency of seizures someone with epilepsy may have. Keppra ® is the brand name for the generic medication, levetiracetam. What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is the fourth […]

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Are You At Risk During Flu Season?

Flu season is coming and it’s time to look at best ways to protect yourself from getting sick.  Flu season can start as early as October.  Flu season usually peaks between December and February but sometimes it runs through to April and May.  Known as “the flu” or “flu”, influenza is a respiratory illness caused […]

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Memantine for the treatment of moderate to severe confusion related to Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a report in the National Institute on Aging , the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond the age of 65.  Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, and it is thought that by 2050 there may be as many as 16 million people with Alzheimer’s disease.   […]

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Highly Active Antiretroviral therapy (HAART) Medications to Treat HIV

As of March, 2019, it is estimated that approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What are HIV and AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.  It is a virus the body cannot fight, even with treatment, so once it […]

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Understanding Psoriasis:  Symptoms and Treatment with Medication

More than 8 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation .  Between 10-30% of these people will develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that may be genetic.  It is a systemic inflammatory disease, but it is still not fully known what the single cause of the development of psoriasis […]

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Prescription Generic Doxycycline for Bacterial Infections

Prescription Generic Doxycycline for Bacterial Infections A bacterial infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of a harmful strain of bacteria in the body.  Bacterial infections can occur anywhere in the body.  They are often spread by contact with contaminated surfaces, contaminated water or food, contact with infected animals, and contact with people who are […]

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Generic Restasis for dry eyes now available from Canada

Did you know that generic Restasis is now available from Canada? This affordable generic prescription medication is the most popular treatment available for dry eyes, and now American patients can order it directly from Canada. Compare prices between brand name Restasis and generic Restasis and see the cost savings! Chronic dry eye caused by inflammation […]

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Treatment of Hypothyroidism with Prescription ERFA Thyroid

In the center of the lower part of your neck is a butterfly shaped gland called the thyroid. The thyroid gland controls your body metabolism, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature controls, and breathing, as well as other functions within the body, by creating hormones known as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine).  These hormones […]

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The difference between Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism?

According to the American Thyroid Association  more than 12% of the population in the United States will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, and approximately 20 million Americans currently have thyroid disease with most of them, approximately 60% of those people may be unaware they have it. If you ever get confused between hypothyroidism […]

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Omega-3 Supplements May Help Improve Heart Health

A recent CNN news report stated “A new advisory from the American Heart Association says that prescription omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce very high triglyceride levels by 20 to 30%, and the medications can be used safely in conjunction with statins.” (Read news report) Statins are prescription medications which help lower your cholesterol.  Learn more about […]

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Asthma Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment with Advair Diskus and Advair HFA Inhaler

What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease which makes it difficult to move air into and out of your lungs.  Airways in the lungs become inflamed when triggered by certain stimuli such as weather, dust, chemicals, smoke, pet dander, or other things in the air or environment.  When this inflammation is triggered there […]

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Are you a man over 50? What you need to know about symptoms and treatment of an enlarged prostate.

If you are a man over the age of 50 and have had concerns about trouble urinating, or are finding that you need to make several trips to the washroom in the middle of the night, there is a chance you may have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as an enlarged prostate.  BPH is […]

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How to do Kegel Exercise to Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles

Kegel exercises are exercises that are often recommended for men and women who need to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder, small intestine, rectum and uterus. The benefits of Kegel exercises for men Men who have an enlarged prostate, diabetes or overactive bladder, or who may have had their prostate removed, may […]

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Are you getting enough fiber in your diet?

You hear it all the time – you need to make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet.  What exactly does that mean? According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of daily fiber for women under 50 is 25 grams per day, and women over 50 years of age should try […]

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The Health Benefits of Almonds

If you love nuts but avoid them because you’ve heard they are high in fat, you will be happy to hear the good news about almonds.  The fat in almonds is monounsaturated, which means that, like olive oil, they can reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact, a study in the Journal of the […]

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Treatment of Adrenal Cancer and Cushing’s Syndrome with Lysodren

Lysodren for the Treatment of Adrenal Cancer and Cushing’s Syndrome Lysodren (generic name: mitotane) is a prescription medication used to treat cancer of the adrenal glands, known as adrenal cortex (adrenocortical) carcinoma.  It is also prescribed to treat Cushing’s Syndrome.  Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare tumor type, occurring in 1 or 2 people per million […]

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The Health Benefits of Walking

As someone who is aging, you may look longingly at the people jogging past you on the street and wish you could lace up and go for a run.  But did you know that according to a study at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, you can get the same health benefits walking as you can by […]

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Is it Heartburn or a Heart Attack?

Most people will stop in their tracks at the first sign of chest discomfort.  “Am I having a heart attack?” is always the question that comes to mind. Important: At the first sign of unusual chest discomfort or chest pain, especially if the pain is sudden and severe, do not hesitate to seek emergency care […]

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How Estrogel® works to relieve menopausal symptoms

Menopause is a generic term used to describe any of the symptoms or changes a woman’s body goes through after she stops menstruating for life.   This happens when there is no longer a release of eggs from the ovaries each month.  A woman is considered to be in menopause when she has not had […]

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Is It Heatstroke Or Heat Exhaustion?

Make no mistake about it, the summer heat IS coming and being prepared for the heat is critically important for your health and for the health of your loved ones or anyone you may be caregiving for. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 600 people die every year from […]

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Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist about Your Prescription

When it comes to asking a doctor or pharmacist questions, a lot of patients are intimidated or afraid of taking up too much of their time.  The reality is that your doctor and your pharmacists really are working WITH you to help you get better and manage your condition.    Your pharmacist is a good […]

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Water Pills:  How Prescription Diuretics Work to Reduce Water Retention

Thousands of people who suffer from certain illnesses that cause water retention turn to what is commonly called a “water pill”.  Technically this medication is known as diuretic. Diuretics work within the kidneys to increase the production of urine, which makes the patient go to the washroom and eliminate extra water from their body.  This […]

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How is Starlix® (nateglinide) used to control Type 2 diabetes?

Starlix (nateglinide) is an oral antidiabetic medication that is used to help patients manage and control Type 2 diabetes.  This medication is used alone or in combination with other medications to control high blood sugar.  Most often Starlix® (nateglinide) is combined with metformin. It is usually used along with a healthy eating plan and exercise […]

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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Behavior with Anafranil

The International OCD Foundation  defines OCD as “a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in […]

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Sleep and Weight Loss:  Is There a Connection?

Does the quality and amount of time you sleep actually affect your weight loss efforts?  Well, according to the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, when dieters were tested on different sleep schedules, it was found that those dieters who were sleep-deprived had a 55% reduction in fat loss when compared to those […]

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Can Xenical® Help You Lose Weight?

Can a prescription medication really help treat or manage obesity?   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 71.6% of adults over the age of 20 in the United States are overweight and/or obese.  Health risks associated with obesity include: Diabetes High blood pressure Heart disease and stroke Osteoarthritis Gout Breathing problems Gallbladder […]

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Facts about Schizophrenia and treatment with medication

Approximately 3.2 million people in the United States have schizophrenia.  This is a mental disorder that causes a deviation from usual perceptions, normal emotional responses, thought processes and the ability to socialize. This chronic or recurrent psychosis is often characterized by  delusions, motor impairment, cognitive impairment, hallucinations, unusual thinking patterns (thought disorder) and other mild […]

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How do I Know if I Have High Cholesterol?

High cholesterol has no symptoms, so the only way to really know if your cholesterol is too high is to have a blood test ordered by your doctor.  What is a cholesterol test? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  recommends that you get your cholesterol checked every 4-6 years.  If you have a […]

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Symptoms and Treatment

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive condition affecting the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).  Reflux, by definition, means to ‘flow back’.  With GERD the stomach’s acids wash back up into the esophagus, creating a burning sensation.  Hiatal hernias are often the cause of the weaker LES and may be one factor leading to GERD. What […]

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Is Tradjenta® for Type 2 Diabetes Right for You?

Brand-name Tradjenta® is the same as generic linagliptin. Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition where your body does not use insulin properly to lower your blood sugar levels to normal safe levels.  This effect is also known as insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes today.  The American Diabetes […]

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How Carbamazepine Works to Control Seizures

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological problem, according to the Epilepsy Foundation , and affects about 48 out of every 100,000 people in the United States.  Epilepsy is considered a spectrum condition, meaning it has a wide range of types of seizures, and symptoms may vary from patient to patient.  The Epilepsy Foundation posted […]

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Help Heal Acne at Any Age with Prescription Tretinoin

Did you know that according to the American Academy of Dermatology the most common skin condition in the United States is acne?  It can occur at any stage of life and affects up to 15% of women.     Acne can be devastating to a person’s self-esteem as he or she  deals with the unsightly […]

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Finding relief from Crohn’s disease with Entocort® EC

Entocort® EC is a steroid used to treat mild to moderate Crohn’s disease (involving the ileum and/or the ascending colon) and ulcerative colitis. The active ingredient in Entocort® EC is budesonide.  Budesonide is a synthetic  glucocorticoid steroid, which has anti-inflammatory properties, that works by decreasing the immune response, a natural defense mechanism.  Most of the […]

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How Dilantin® Helps Prevent and Control Seizures

A seizure is sometimes described as an electrical storm in the brain. A sudden increase in electrical activity in the brain can trigger a seizure. Dilantin® (phenytoin) is a prescription anti-seizure medication.  This medication is an anticonvulsant, meaning it helps control and prevent generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures and complex partial seizures. How do I […]

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Preventing Blood Clots with Prescription Eliquis®

Eliquis® is a prescription medication containing the active ingredient apixaban.  It is most commonly prescribed for people who have the following: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) Pulmonary embolism (PE) Recent hip or knee joint replacement surgery Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) Eliquis® is an anticoagulant and clotting factor Xa inhibitor.  It is prescribed to treat and prevent […]

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Treating Depression, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder With Lexapro™(escitalopram)

Depression is a very common mental disorder affecting more than 300 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization.  There are several ways to treat depression and anxiety, including psychological and prescription medication treatments. One well known medication is generic escitalopram, which is the generic equivalent of the brand name medications Cipralex® […]

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Prescription Parsitan® for the Management of Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting dopamine-producing neurons in the brain.  The Parkinson’s Foundation believes that nearly one million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s disease by the year 2020.  This is more than the combined number of patients who have muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Other […]

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Is Truvada ®(emtricitabine/tenofovir) for HIV prevention right for you?

You may have heard about PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, as a way for people who do not currently have HIV, but who may be at risk of getting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking this medication every day.  There are a lot of questions around PrEP and what medications may or may not do. Truvada® […]

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Pradaxa® (dabigatran) for the Prevention of Blood Clots

The US Department of Health and Human Services says that almost 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. 658,000 of these individuals survive, and thanks to medications their chances of having another stroke are lower than ever. Pradaxa® is an anticoagulant which can help reduce the risk of developing blood clots […]

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Ulcerative Colitis Medication for Treatment and Relief

Thousands of Americans suffer with ulcerative colitis. In fact the U.S. National Library of Medicine  states that more than 750,000 North Americans have ulcerative colitis, affecting anywhere from 40 to 240 in every 100,000 people. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.  This form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects the […]

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Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke with Generic Rosuvastatin

The Centers for Disease Control state that more than 102 million American adults over the age of 20 have total cholesterol levels above 200mg/dL, which is higher than it should be, and over 35 million people in this same group have cholesterol levels over 240 mg/dL which means they are at high risk for heart […]

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What is the Difference Between a Non-Controlled Prescription Drug and a Controlled Prescription Drug?

Over the counter medications do not need a prescription.   They are usually safe to purchase and use without your doctor’s advice and can be purchased anywhere from a drug store to a grocery store.  While these medications are easy to access it does not mean they are without potential risk. You should always tell […]

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How Prednisone Works to Reduce Inflammation

Prednisone is known as a corticosteroid.  It works by suppressing the immune system, which slows the body’s response to certain diseases or injury and as a result, reduces swelling and inflammation.   Some of the conditions Prednisone is prescribed to treat include: rheumatoid arthritis psoriatic arthritis lupus asthma juvenile arthritis severe allergies contact dermatitis acute […]

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Hepatitis C and Treatment with Generic Sofosbuvir

Hepatitis C is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).  It is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver and liver damage.  The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as of June 1, 2018, approximately 3.5 million people in the United States have chronic HCV. How do you contract Hepatitis C? People contract […]

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How Methotrexate Works for Treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation,  Juvenile Arthritis, also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, affects approximately 300,000 children in the U.S. There is no known cause of juvenile arthritis.  What are the types of Juvenile Arthritis? The Arthritis Foundation lists several types of Juvenile Arthritis (JA): Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) This condition is the most common […]

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NSAIDs Celebrex and Generic Celecoxib for Relief of Pain and Inflammation

Celecoxib is the generic name for the brand-name Celebrex®.  Both contain the active ingredient Celecoxib. Celecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to help reduce the swelling and pain associated with several medical conditions such as arthritis, acute pain and other ailments.  It is also used as a treatment for ankylosing spondylitis.  Celecoxib is […]

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How do Hepatitis A Vaccinations Protect You?

If you’re a traveler you may have heard that you need to be vaccinated to protect yourself from Hepatitis A, also known as the hepatitis A virus (HAV).  Hepatitis A is rarely fatal and does not cause chronic liver disease. How is Hepatitis A Transmitted? Hepatitis A is transmitted by coming in contact with another […]

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Treatment and Prevention of Hepatitis B

According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 257 million people living with hepatitis B, which they define as hepatitis B surface antigen positive. It is also known as HBV.  In 2015 alone, hepatitis B caused over 887,000 deaths.    The virus attacks the liver and untreated it can cause chronic and acute diseases […]

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What is Vitamin B12 and How to Prevent B12 Deficiency

Your body uses vitamin B12 to make nerves, red blood cells and DNA, and to function well.  It is a vitamin that is not produced by your body and must be ingested through your diet. Where do I get Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 comes into our diet via animal-based foods, such as meat, eggs, fish, […]

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Will Nicorette Help Me Quit Smoking?

You want to quit smoking, you know it’s harming your health, and it’s costing you money. But ask any smoker if it’s easy to stop smoking at any time and the answer will always be the same – No.  According to the American Heart Association , every day 2,100 youths and young adults become daily […]

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Can a Nicoderm Patch Help Me Stop Smoking?

Smoking is one of the hardest addictions to break.  Nicoderm® is a small clear patch that is placed on the arm.  The patch delivers a controlled amount of nicotine to your body, which helps relieve the craving, and other symptoms that come with trying to stop smoking.  Over a matter of 10 weeks, the patches […]

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Ask the Pharmacist – Do I need to be vaccinated before I travel?

Question:   My husband and I are planning our next vacation, and while we haven’t yet decided on our destination we’re concerned that we may need to be vaccinated before we go.  If we’re careful about washing our hands and careful about what we eat, why do we need to get shots? The Centers for […]

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How Prescription Duloxetine Helps Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

In 2008, the FDA approved Cymbalta for the treatment of fibromyalgia in adults. Before that, Cymbalta was generally used for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, depression and diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain.  It is one of three prescriptions approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia, which include millnacipran and Lyrica. How does prescription duloxetine work? Duloxetine […]

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Prescription Milnacipran for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Thousands of people suffer through the pain and fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition affecting 6-12 million people in the United States. Fibromyalgia is most common in women between ages of 20-55years of age and presents symptoms including body pain, tenderness and aches, fatigue and more.  While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, […]

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What is fibromyalgia and what medications are available

Understanding Fibromyalgia Joint pain, muscle aches, brain fog, fatigue; these symptoms can indicate a number of physical conditions.  But, for millions of people they are the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health states that as many as 4 million Americans have Fibromyalgia, with most patients […]

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How to Store Prescription Medication at Home

You may think that you’re doing yourself a favor by keeping your medicine on your bathroom counter so you don’t forget to take it, but is having it in a steamy room after you shower actually harming your medication?  Whether you are taking vitamins, such as Vitamin D, over-the-counter medication, or prescription medication, how you […]

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Ask the Pharmacist – Can I Share My Leftover Antibiotics?

I was prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection several weeks ago. After just a few days of taking the prescription medication, I felt better so I stopped taking the pills.  Now my husband has an ear infection. Can I give him the rest of my antibiotics? There is one rule you should always remember – […]

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Try Yoga for Better Health and Stress Reduction

Yoga is a mind-body practice that has been around for thousands of years and is considered a practice, an exercise, and also a complementary and integrative approach to healthy living.  Yoga combines breathing exercises, meditation and poses, and lifestyle changes for overall good health. The gentle bending, the stretching, and the breathing.  It all seems […]

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Learn CPR Today to Save a Life Tomorrow

Learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) may very well be the most important class you will ever take in your life!  Anyone can learn to save a life quickly. CPR is a procedure you perform on someone when their heart stops beating. You are keeping their heart beating and the blood flowing in the body active until […]

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How to Plan for a  Healthy and Safe Summer Road Trip

Road trip adventures are part of every summer!  Loading up the car and heading out with friends or family can be a time for creating new memories and having so much fun, but one thing is for certain – you need to be prepared, especially if you have any health concerns.    With this in […]

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Finding Relief From Painful Gout with Prescription Colchicine

Did you know that gout is a form of arthritis? According to the Arthritis Foundation gout is an inflammatory arthritis that develops when there is a high level of uric acid in the blood stream. About 4% of American adults experience gout. There are three stages of gout: Asymptomatic hyperuricemia – This is the phase when […]

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How Prescription Blood Thinners Work to Prevent Blood Clots

Xarelto is a prescription medication formulated to treat and prevent blood clots from forming and reduce the risk of stroke and other blood clot-related emergencies.   This type of medication is called an anticoagulant (an-ti-co-ag-yoo-lant). It is prescribed to patients who have had some of the following medical conditions: Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Hip or knee […]

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Take Back Your Life by Using Prescription Myrbetriq for Overactive Bladder

According to the Urology Care Foundation approximately 33 million Americans have overactive bladder (OAB), with as many as 40% of women and 30% of men in the United States living with this condition. Overactive bladder is actually a group of symptoms, the most common of which is the sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate.  Some common symptoms […]

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Can I Drink Alcohol and Take Viagra?

Most people understand that drinking alcohol with certain prescription drugs can be dangerous, causing severe adverse effects – but is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Viagra? Viagra, also known by its generic name sildenafil citrate, is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) by increasing blood flow to the penis so […]

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and For Yourself as Caregiver

If there is one truth about knowing and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it is that it is difficult.  Watching someone you know and love change can be heartbreaking.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 16 million people in the United States are caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.   The challenge […]

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Medications to Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease.   Alzheimer’s is a brain disease which causes an impairment and progressive decline in thinking, reasoning, and memory. Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease There is a difference between typical age-related changes, such as light forgetfulness and confusion which […]

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Prescription Glumetza® for better type 2 diabetes blood sugar control

The American Diabetes Association ® states that in 2015 there were 30.3 million Americans with diabetes.   The statistics also show that 25.2% of Americans age 65 and older are either already diagnosed or yet to be diagnosed.  Glumetza (a brand name for extended release metformin hydrochloride) is a medication used by type 2 diabetics […]

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Aging Well – Staying Active May Be a Key to Ongoing Wellness

Aging Well – Staying Active May Be a Key to Ongoing Wellness As we age, it is not uncommon to find that we are simply not as energetic, flexible, or even as mentally sharp as we once were.  Recent studies have shown that staying both physically and mentally active is more beneficial to our health […]

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Ask the Pharmacist:  How can I remember to take my medication?

Question:  I take three different prescription medications and they have to be taken at different times. One in the morning, one with every meal, and another on an empty stomach.  I often forget to take one and I’m really concerned that I’m not taking care of my health by forgetting my meds!  I’ve tried writing […]

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Is It Heatstroke Or Heat Exhaustion?

Make no mistake about it, the summer heat IS coming and being prepared for the heat is critically important for your health and for the health of your loved ones or anyone you may be caregiving for. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 600 people die every year from […]

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How Creon® for Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy Works

Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy helps replace necessary digestive enzymes that may be lacking in your system by taking a capsule containing what is known as an enzyme supplement.  The supplement contains a mixture of three necessary pancreatic enzymes. How does pancreatic enzyme replacement work? A normally functioning pancreas secretes about 8 cups of pancreatic juice […]

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How Multaq is Used to Help Manage Your Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it is estimated that 2.7-6.1 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation (AFib).  The CDC also provides these stats: Approximately 9% of people over the age of 65 have AFib. Approximately 2% of people under the age of 65 have AFib. With the population of […]

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How Vagifem® Helps Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

Vagifem® is a type of hormone therapy (HT) called local estrogen therapy.  Unlike some other horomone therapies which deliver estrogen to the entire body, this therapy delivers estrogen directly to the uterus and vagina. Vagifem® (estradiol vaginal inserts) are 10 mcg tablets that deliver a type of estrogen called estradiol.  Estradiol is the same estrogen […]

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Asacol – Prescription Medication for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease mainly affecting the lining of the colon (large intestine) and rectum.    There is no real known cause for this disease and therefore there is no cure.  It can develop at any age but seems to be most prevalent between ages 15 and 30.  According to the U.S. […]

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How to Save Money on Your Prescription Medications

As the cost of prescription medications and healthcare in the United States continues to rise, new reports are showing that Americans are more concerned than ever about something that should not be a devastating daily worry – “will I be able to afford to be healthy?” Gallup and West Health, a nonprofit healthcare organization, surveyed […]

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How do Statin Medications Work and What Are They?

If you have high cholesterol there is a good chance your doctor may have discussed the possibility of prescription statin drugs with you.  Statin drugs are a class of drug used to reduce cholesterol levels.    The UT Southwestern Medical Center states “Statins are the gold-standard for high cholesterol treatment. They’re a powerful medication, and […]

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What You Need to Know About Quinine Sulfate for Treatment of Uncomplicated PF Malaria

Other names: Quinine sulfate / Quinine sulphate / Qualaquin Qualaquin, also known by its generic name quinine sulfate, is a prescription medication used in the treatment of a type of malaria called uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria.   Malaria is common in South Asia, South America and in Africa, and caused by parasites transmitted into the […]

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Can prescription medications really help you stop smoking?

Stop Smoking with Prescription Chantix® If you watch television you have probably seen the commercials for Champix® with  Ray Liotta as the spokesperson sharing that his story about being able to quit smoking with Champix®.  The CDC says that smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S.  In 2017 approximately 34.3 million […]

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It’s Time to Talk to Your Doctor About Erectile Dysfunction

How to Talk to Your Doctor about Erectile Dysfunction Talking to your doctor about erectile dysfunction (ED) can be difficult and, for some men, a little embarrassing.  While there is no reason to feel ashamed about any medical conditions, this is a topic that many men may avoid completely, sometimes hiding their condition for years.  […]

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What is Sarcoidosis and how is it treated

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research  defines sarcoidosis as “an inflammatory disease characterized by the formation of granulomas – tiny clumps of inflammatory cells – in one or more organs of the body.”   Up to four in 10,000 people in the United States have sarcoidosis. Symptoms of Sarcoidosis There is […]

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Better Type 2 Diabetes Blood Sugar Management with Januvia

Januvia is the brand name of sitagliptin both in Canada and in the US. According to the American Diabetes Association  in 2015 there were 30.3 million Americans with diabetes, adding up to 9.4% of the population.  Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, more than 25% were aged 65 and older.    Fortunately, combined with […]

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What is the difference between a generic drug and a brand-name drug?

In a time when people are trying their best to save money on prescription medications, one of the most common questions they ask pharmacists is “is a generic drug as effective as a brand-name drug?” For many medications, the answer is usually yes.  For example brand-name Glucophage® has the same active ingredient as generic metformin, […]

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The Discovery that Changed Men’s Lives: How Viagra was Discovered

You probably know what the little blue pill does, but do you know what it was originally meant for and how Viagra was actually discovered? The main compound in Viagra is sildenafil.  Sildenafil was originally developed as a treatment for angina pectoris (heart-related chest pain) and for pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the […]

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Healthy Tips and Medications to Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies.

Spring is in the air and that means allergy season!  If you’re like thousands of other Americans you’re less than excited about facing the return of seasonal allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, or perhaps year-round allergic rhinitis (i.e. hay fever). The start of allergy season depends on where you live.  In […]

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Glucophage® and Generic metformin – Is there a difference?

There are several kinds of medications on the market to treat type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and gestational diabetes.   These medications work to help keep your blood glucose levels within your target range.   Two of the most common prescription medications for type 2 diabetes are brand-name Glucophage® and generic metformin. Glucophage® is a pill […]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Treatment with Strattera®

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. To break this definition down into its parts: Attention deficit – this is the inattention to details and trouble keeping focus, disorganization, […]

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What is the Difference Between  Prescription Cialis and Generic Tadalafil ?

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, erectile dysfunction (ED) (also known as erectile disorder) affects up to 40% of men at age 40 and nearly 70% of men at age 70.  While this is a very personal and sensitive topic, it is important that men experiencing ED speak to their doctor. Erectile dysfunction may […]

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What is the Difference Between Prescription Levitra and Prescription Generic Vardenafil?

Levitra is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction.  The generic name for Levitra is vardenafil. Both medications are identical in their active ingredients and their use. According to the Urology Care Foundation  approximately 30 million men in the United States occasionally have trouble achieving and keeping an erection.   Erectile dysfunction may be a […]

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How to Dispose of Prescription Medications

It’s a fact that prescription medications and other pharmaceutical waste, when disposed of improperly, have a negative effect on the environment.   A study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a government organization dedicated to studying ecological hazards, found that medications such as antibiotics, hormones and other medications are a threat to our drinking […]

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Premarin – Conjugated Estrogen for Relief of the Symptoms of Menopause

Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries.  When a woman nears or reaches menopause the ovaries produce less estrogen. For many women, menopause brings with it several uncomfortable symptoms such as weight gain, sleep problems, chills, mood changes, hot flashes, irregular periods, vaginal dryness and night sweats.  Not every woman will experience all of […]

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