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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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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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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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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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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 Chantix® with  Ray Liotta as the spokesperson sharing that his story about being able to quit smoking with Chantix®.  The CDC says that smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S.  In 2017 approximately […]

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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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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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Thyroid Disease – 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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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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Myelofibrosis –  A Rare Form of Chronic Leukemia

Myelofibrosis is a type of cancer which involves fibrous scar tissue replacing the bone marrow found inside most bones.  The bone marrow produces too many megakaryocytes, which are giant cells that normally release small fragments called platelets.  Along with too many megakaryocytes, there a release of cytokines, which are proteins that cause inflammation and the […]

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What is the Difference Between Viagra and Generic Sildenafil?

According to IMS Total Patient Tracker, more than 25 million men have been prescribed Viagra.  Taken only when needed, the “little blue pill” helps increase blood flow to the penis so men can get and keep an erection hard enough for sex.  In fact, four out of five men taking 50mg or 100mg of Viagra […]

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Fall Prevention for Caregivers and Seniors

If you are getting older or are taking care of someone who is aging, falling is one of the most common concerns.  It’s true that even the fear of falling can create unwanted stress and anxiety in someone who is living in a situation where falls may occur.  A fall can lead to a head […]

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What Prescription High Blood Pressure Medication is Right for You?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, which is close to 75million people.  Unfortunately, only 54% of these individuals have their high blood pressure under control.      Each moment of each day your blood is carrying nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, and your […]

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling?

Vacation planning can be a lot of fun! You’re deciding where you are going to stay, what sights you want to see, where you will eat and who you will see – but do you include plans to maintain your health at the same time?   Whether you’re planning a short get away out of […]

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6 Common Food and Prescription Medication Combinations to Avoid

Taking your prescription on time and as prescribed is critical for your health. Your doctor and pharmacist ask that you follow the instructions for a reason – they want your medication to be as effective as possible to treat your condition.  Did you know that certain foods can actually have an effect on your medication?  […]

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Allegra and Veramyst – Over-the-Counter Medications for Allergies

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 26 million Americans have asthma, which is approximately 8.3% of all adults and 8.3% of all children.  Allergic asthma is the most common type affecting 60% of people with asthma.  In allergic asthma, when certain allergens or irritants enter the lungs, an asthma […]

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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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Fact or Fiction:  Do you Catch a Cold from Cold Weather?

How often have you heard someone say “dress warm or you’ll catch a cold!” While of course it’s good advice to dress warm when the weather is cold, is it true that you can catch a cold from the cold? The answer is a simple No.  While the IDEA of catching a cold from the […]

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Why You Should Take Your Medication at the Right Time Every Time

When you receive your prescription from your doctor and take it to your pharmacist, you will see that your prescription comes with directions on WHEN it should be taken.  It is critical that all prescribed medication be taken exactly as directed. Many medications need to reach a certain level in your bloodstream throughout the day.  […]

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Diagnosis and Medication to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Diagnosis and Medication to Treat Erectile Dysfunction Most men are a little uncomfortable talking about erectile dysfunction (ED).  Sometimes referred to as male impotence, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction) as many as 30 million men in […]

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Take a pill? Take a spray? How You Take Your Medication Is As Important As When.

Do you take your medicine as a pill? Is it injected? Sprayed under your tongue? When you receive your prescription from your doctor and take it to your pharmacist, you will see that your prescription comes with directions on how it should be taken.  It is critical that all prescribed medication not only be taken […]

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Ménière’s Disease – Symptoms and Prescription Treatment of this Chronic Inner Ear Disorder

Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder causing dizzy spells (also known as vertigo) and often hearing loss.  In medical terms it is also known as idiopathic (or primary) endolymphatic hydrops.  Idiopathic means it presents itself for no known reason. Ménière’s disease symptoms may include some or all of the following: Hearing loss Ringing in […]

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Hypothyroidism Symptoms and Common Prescription Medication

Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, so your body metabolism is much slower than it should be. As much as 10% of women are thought to have some level of thyroid hormone deficiency, and up to 10 million Americans have some level of hypothyroidism. An easy way to […]

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