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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 with a tough choice between paying bills or filling their prescription.   As a last resort, many Americans travel to Canada just to visit Canadian pharmacy services to fill their prescriptions at a more affordable price.  Senator Bernie Sanders and other politicians have organized bus trips to Canada to promote the fact that Americans need access to affordable and safe prescription medications.  In the recent televised Democratic debate the Senator and others spoke of the need for something to be done.  Still, the prices of prescription medications in the U.S. continue to rise, and more Americans are ordering their medications online from trusted Canadian pharmacy services in order to save hundreds, and in some case, thousands of dollars per month.

According to the FDA :
“A personal importation is a product not for sale or distribution into the U.S. commerce. These products may be carried in baggage or shipped by courier or international mail.”

Importing personal prescription medication from Canada is an option for individuals who need to save money on medication and they have the reassurance and peace of mind that they are ordering from a safe and reliable online pharmacy.  Note that the FDA also limits the quantity available for shipping to not more than a three month supply.

The Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI) released survey results on January 8, 2019, which showed that more Americans than ever are turning to safe, licensed, online Canadian pharmacies to save money on prescription medication.

Some key facts from the survey include:

Primary reason for ordering from a trusted, safe, online Canadian pharmacy:

Saving money through online ordering:

Insurance coverage

Even with health insurance, such as Medicare, many Americans still turn to safe and affordable prescription medications from Canadian pharmacies.  67% of survey respondents have Medicare, while 16% say that their employer provides insurance coverage.  9% said they don’t have any insurance coverage, while 8% are self-insured.

How they choose an online pharmacy

It’s important to note that 88% of respondents said they can identify rogue websites that sell questionable and counterfeit medications.  This includes pharmacies that don’t ask for valid prescriptions, do not protect personal and medical information, and those that do not have actual licensed pharmacists on staff.    They also can tell if a website is questionable if they sell controlled substances.

According to the Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI), Americans spend approximately 40% more on prescription medications compared to what Canadians spend – and the prices in America continue to rise.  “For more than 15 years, millions of Americans have imported their personal prescriptions from Canada and saved between 50-80% on the cost of their medications.”

Personal prescription importation is both safe and legal.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.” The FDA states that there are circumstances when it is legal to important prescription medications into the U.S.  For example, if the medication is for the treatment of a medical condition and the quantity does not exceed a three month supply.  For more information you may read the FDA’s personal importation guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a “Safe Importation Action Plan” which openly recognized that importation of prescription medications from Canada as being SAFE.  Read the full report here

Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com is a Canadian online pharmacy which was created when our founder, with nearly two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical business recognized a real need for an online destination where individuals in the United States and in Canada could order prescription medication safely, efficiently, and affordably. He believed that patients deserved an easy to use website that could facilitate the process of ordering prescription medication and over the counter medications to fulfill that need. Finally, and most importantly, he wanted to ensure trust through transparency and regulatory oversight. We have strict quality protocols and regulations.  We are CIPA certified and accredited with the Better Business Bureau. You can learn more about us here. 

Personal prescription importation from a Canadian pharmacy service will save you money on your prescription drugs.  It’s that simple.  We invite you to visit the CPPI website at www.personalimportation.org and to Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at our website or call us toll free at 1-800-991-0282.  You can also email us at  info@canadadrugstore.com

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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, most commonly. Over time tissues in the bones, which are made up of minerals such as calcium, break down  and are slowly replaced by a natural process called bone turnover. This is how your bones grow and become strong from the time you are an infant to an adult.  When osteoporosis occurs, however, the tissues break down at a faster rate than they are replaced, resulting in loss of bone strength and bone mass.  When this happens bones become brittle and more likely to break. 

How can men avoid osteoporosis?

One way to reduce your risk of bone fractures is to make sure you are getting enough calcium in your diet.  This doesn’t mean just eating dairy product.  Many food products have a healthy amount of calcium, such as kale, spinach, tofu, and fortified dairy products like milk.

Committing to  a healthy amount of regular weight bearing exercise, even as simple as a daily walk, can also go a long way in slowing down bone loss.

Ensuring you have enough Vitamin D in your diet is also important.  Foods high in vitamin D include sardines, salmon, tuna, milk and mushrooms.  Talk to your doctor about how much vitamin D you should take as a supplement.

You should know that some medications, such as steroids for rheumatoid arthritis and androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer treatment, and some other medications, may increase a man’s risk for osteoporosis.   The Arthritis Foundation states that those who take antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.

Men who have lower testosterone levels are also at risk for osteoporosis.  If you are taking hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone, speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what your risk may be.

It is always a good idea for men over the age of 50 to speak to their doctor about their risk for osteoporosis.

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Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

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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. With all forms of bipolar disorder, the patient will typically experience episodes of depression.   

While the symptoms of depression may be very similar to other depression-related disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MAD), it is not the same condition and needs to be treated with different type of medications. During the high energy states, known as mania, the patient may experience decreased need for sleep, high creativity, excitement or euphoria, overactivity, fast or pressured speech patterns, and sometimes even delusions.

What are some of the symptoms of depression due to bipolar disorder?

There is no permanent cure for bipolar depression, but it can be controlled with medications. Some common symptoms include:

How is depression associated with bipolar disorder treated?

While it is generally agreed that counseling and prescription medication for bipolar disorder is the best route for treatment, a qualified psychiatrist is the best person to be referred to help determine the most helpful course of treatment, including what medications should be prescribed. 

If bipolar depression is not correctly diagnosed and treated with the same standard medications as unipolar (“standard”) depression, the patient is at high risk of switching into a manic episode.

Some of the common medications prescribed for bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers (such as lithium or valproic acid), atypical antipsychotics (such as Seroquel and Latuda) and antidepressants such sertraline (but never on their own). 

Latuda (lurasidone) for depression associated with bipolar diorder?

Prescription Latuda (lurasidone) helps patients feel calmer and more focused, increase energy levels, improve and stabilize moods, improve sleep, and may also help decrease the frequency and/or intensity of hallucinations.

Latuda (lurasidone) is used to treat several mental disorders and mood disorders including schizophrenia and depression that is associated with bipolar disorder.  It is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, which work by balancing chemicals in the brain (dopamine and serotonin).

Latuda (lurasidone) is available in the following strengths:

20 mg tablets

40 mg tablets

60 mg tablets

80 mg tablets

120 mg tablets

Prescription Latuda (lurasidone) is usually taken once daily by mouth, typically in the evening. The dosage depends on your doctor’s diagnosis, your response to treatment(s) and your medical condition. Latuda should be taken with food (at least 350 calories) in order to be fully absorbed. If you take Latuda on an empty stomach, only about half the dose will be absorbed into your system.

You should not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit while taking this medication.

You should not stop, decrease or increase this medication without specific directions from your doctor.  It may take a few weeks before the full effect of this medication is felt.

What are the side effects of Latuda (lurasidone)?

This is not a complete list of side effects:

Be sure to consult with your physician about what other side effects, including serious side effects, to be aware of.

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Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

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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 higher on standard tests for mental sharpness, while they were no less likely to show signs of mental decline over time than other older adults.  These older adults who were involved in mentally stimulating activities declined, but from a higher stand point, known as ‘cognitive reserve’.

Roger Staff, the lead researcher at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland says: “The results indicate that a lifetime of engagement lifts you to a point from which you decline, and that can be considered as passive cognitive reserve.  Starting from a high point will mean that the threshold at which you are considered impaired will be farther into the future.”

In another study that was published in the BMJ Journal which followed 500 British adults who had, starting in the 1940’s, taken identical intelligence tests.   At the age of 64 they were all asked to answer questions about whether or not they engaged in mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, games, and puzzles, and they also took memory and thinking tests over the next 15 years.   The results were very interesting, to say the least.  While they all showed mental decline, those that participated in more mentally stimulating activities such as puzzles actually did better on the memory and thinking tests.

Does this mean that participating in mentally stimulating activities boosts your brain power? More research needs to be done, but it does appear that it is certainly a benefit in the long run.

Try these mentally stimulating activities.

What are some of your favorite activities? Do you feel they have helped keep your mind active?

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

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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 medication, vitamin or natural supplement, it is important to make sure you know if it is safe to take them at the same time.  Here are some simple tips to help you be as safe as possible.

  1. Know WHY and HOW to take our medications.  Should they be taken on an empty stomach? Do they need to be taken at a certain time of day, or spaced a certain number of hours before or after taking a supplement?
  2. Fill your prescription with the same pharmacy or same Canadian pharmacy service to ensure that there is a single, complete record of all of your prescriptions. This will help make sure any potential interactions and conflicts are flagged.
  3. Avoid taking natural supplements if you do not know if they will cause interactions with your prescription medications. 
  4. Beware of certain foods and drink. Some drinks like cranberry juice or grapefruit juice or alcohol, which may interact with some of your medications.  Ask your pharmacist about what to avoid.
  5. Ask your pharmacist.  When you are given a new prescription medication it usually comes with an information sheet which lists, among other things, drug interactions to be aware of.  Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any other medications or supplements you might be taking and ASK them if it is safe to take your new prescription with them. 

Taking multiple medications can be confusing, but taking them the right way and knowing how and when to take them can help put you on the road to better health.

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 top of your planning list.

Make a plan for your prescription medications

First and foremost, remember your prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Set a reminder for when to take your prescription medication

Set an alarm on your phone or watch to remind you to take your medication. It’s easy to lose track of time while traveling and having fun, but you always want to make sure you are taking your medication on time every day.

Carry water or food with you for your prescription medication

Some medications need to be taken with food and/or water.  Be sure to take along the right foods and/or liquids to take with your medication.  Speak to your pharmacist about what would be the right amount of food to take with your prescription medication.

What to pack your medication in

While it may be tempting to toss your prescription medication into a zip lock bag or stuff them into a sock (yes, this is something people do!) – don’t do it!  You want to make sure your medication is both protected and accessible.

Purchase a small firm-sided case to put your prescription medication in.  This will help prevent your medications from being crushed or jostled around inside your luggage.   If your medication case is too large, you may want to pack cotton or yes, even a clean sock, around your medication to help secure it so it does not rattle around in the case.

If you need to take your medication with you in your carry-on bag, having your medication in its own dedicated small case or compartment will protect your medication and keep it handy for when you need it, and also keep it handy should you be asked to present it to security.

Have a plan in case you miss a dose of your medication

Before you leave on vacation ask your pharmacist what you should do if you miss a dose of your medication.   Never assume you can just take another pill or double up on your next dose. 

Plan to keep your medication refrigerated on the plane and in your room.

Some medications need refrigeration, such as insulin or hormone injections used during IVF, and some liquid antibiotics and injectable biologic medications.   If you’re traveling with medication that needs to be kept cool, consider buying gel packs which you can pre-freeze and insert into your small medication carrying case.  TIP:  Time test your gel-pack and case; put your frozen gel pack into your medication container along and time how long your pack stays cool.   If your medication will not stay cool for the duration of a long flight, let your flight attendant know. They will often let you put your medication in the refrigerator or give you some ice (so bring along some zip-lock baggies).

Keep in mind that you really do need to bring your refrigerated medications on to the plane  with you. It’s a good idea to keep it in a separate bag from your other carry on, and be prepared for extra screening at security.  If they are kept in the checked-in baggage compartment under the plane they may freeze.

When making your hotel reservation be sure to double check that you have a working refrigerator in your room.  If your medication must be kept at a precise temperature it wouldn’t hurt to take a thermometer to make sure the refrigerator is actually cold enough for your medication – and if it isn’t, call down to the front desk and let them know.

Want even more travel tips? Read our Health Travel Tips to Keep You Well article, and have a safe and healthy vacation!

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 commonly diagnosed form of depression.  One of the common symptoms is the overwhelming feeling of sadness and loss of interest in anything pleasurable.  This depression also has diagnostic symptoms such as hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), constant fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of dying or suicidal thoughts.  People with this depression will stop social activities, stop working, or stop going to school.  This type of depression lasts more than two weeks and represents a big change from the individual’s usual self and activities.  Major Depressive Disorder is often treated with Wellbutrin XL ®

Persistent Depressive Disorder (dysthymia) – While not as severe as major depression, this type of depressive disorder is marked by a persistent sad or depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.  There are several diagnostic symptoms, which include low self-esteem, poor appetite or over eating, feelings of hopelessness, hypersomnia or insomnia, and low energy.

Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood – This type of depression begins within three months of a person experiencing a stressor. A stressor may be either positive or negative, and usually involves a change in someone’s life that he or she finds stressful. Examples of a stressor includes loss of a job, a family crisis, marriage  or other life change.  Symptoms typically disappear within 6 months when life returns to normal.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – This disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  While they are similar, PMDD presents stronger physical and emotional upset.  Both have symptoms that occur within the week to ten days before a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Seasonal Affective Disorder – This type of depression is related to the change of seasons and lack of sunlight. It sometimes affects shift workers who work overnight and sleep in the day.  Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Depressive disorders due to another medical condition – There are times when other medical conditions can trigger depression.  An example is hypothyroidism.  Another example is Cushing’s syndrome, which can cause depressive symptoms due to the high levels of the hormone cortisol.  The ADAA suggests that other medical conditions can lead to depression including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.

How is depression treated?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that there are several types of depression. The treatment and its effectiveness depend both on the type of depression and the severity.

Psychotherapy – Also known as ‘talk therapy’, this therapy occurs when the patient visits a therapist to discuss his or her problems and a lifestyle plan is developed for coping and working through the issues.  This therapy may include:

Psychoeducation and support groups – This therapy helps a patient understand his or her own condition, how to treat it, and recognize when there is a relapse about to occur. 

Treatment with medication – Most patients will find that using medication such as anti-depressants along with psychotherapy can be beneficial in controlling their symptoms of depression.

Prescription Wellbutrin XL® (bupropion hydrochloride) for Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Wellbutrin XL® (bupropion hydrochloride) is an anti-depressant used to treat major depressive disorder. It is also used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that is brought on by lack of sunlight during winter.  Learn more about SAD.

How does Wellbutrin XL® work?

Prescription Wellbutrin XL® works by restoring the balance of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Both are naturally occurring neurotransmitters in the body.

How do you use Wellbutrin XL®?

Prescription Wellbutrin XL® is a pill that is usually taken once a day, usually in the morning.  The dosage depends on how much is prescribed by your doctor.   Your doctor may start you on a low dose and gradually increase it until you have reached an effective dosage.

Brand-name Wellbutrin XL® – 150 mg

Brand-name Wellbutrin XL® – 300 mg

Generic Bupropion XL – 150 mg

Generic Bupropion XL – 300 mg

To gain the benefits of this medication it needs to be taken at the same time each day and taken regularly.  It is recommended this medication be taken in the morning, as taking it late in the day could lead to insomnia.

Do not crush or chew prescription Wellbutrin XL® as it is a time released medication. Chewing  it may release the medication into your system all at once causing negative side effects.

It may take up to 4 weeks or more to see the full benefit of this medication.  Do not stop Wellbutrin XL® or increase it without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Wellbutrin XL®?

Many medications have side effects and most are mild.  Some common side effects of prescription Wellbutrin XL® include:

This prescription medication may increase your blood pressure, so check your blood pressure regularly.

Serious side effects to be aware of include eye pain, seizures, or vision changes. Seek medical assistance immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. Speak to your pharmacist about other possible side effects.

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Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 easy!

You CAN order Viagra from a Canadian pharmacy service privately – at home!

We’re going to take you through this process to show you how to make a safe purchase of your Viagra, Cialis or other ED medication online.

Note: You may not be able to use a VISA card or MasterCard to make your online purchase..

MasterCard maintains a watch list of merchants that it deems to be “high-risk”.  Visa also has access to this list and chooses to adhere to its claims.  Many, if not all, Canadian pharmacy services have been placed on this MATCH list – even some Canadian pharmacy services that are safe, legal, and CIPA certified! MATCH stands for “member alert to control high risk”. 

What does “high risk” mean?  Well, unfortunately, not all online pharmacy services are safe or legit. If you are looking for a Canadian pharmacy, as a consumer you should start by going to the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) website. CIPA is a Canadian association that does an excellent job of supporting pharmacies and companies that work with licensed pharmacies.  All members of CIPA require a prescription, post their address and phone number, have privacy policies, and ensure your financial information is kept secure. Please visit the CIPA website and review the information they have on their website.  Double checking the credentials and certifications of your provider will give you piece of mind in knowing you are getting safe medications you can trust from a provider you can trust.

If you’re wondering about Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com, not only are we CIPA certified, we’re registered with the Better Business Bureau!

Both MasterCard and Visa comply with rules created by an independent organization called LegitScript.  LegitScript is stated to be funded by BigPharma in this lawsuit:  https://cdn.pharmacychecker.com/pdf/complaint-of-conspiracy.pdf

LegitScript’s rules will only allow for an online pharmacy to be licensed within the United States and therefore any licensed, regulatory compliant, or legitimate pharmacy located outside of the USA or in Canada, for example, is unable to comply with LegitScript’s BigPharma funded rules.

Relax – we have your covered.  You CAN order your Viagra, Cialis or other erectile dysfunction medication safely without a VISA or MASTERCARD!

Here are some other ways you can order from a Canadian pharmacy:

Knowing you can still get your prescription filled without having to face a pharmacist (and you’ll save money!) is enough to give a lot of men peace of mind.  Who needs extra stress?  Simply go online to a safe and trusted Canadian pharmacy like Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com and place your order.  If you have any questions about your order our team is happy to talk to you – privately.

According to the  American Cancer Society, the estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2019 are: 

Tamoxifen is the most-prescribed selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) used in the treatment of breast cancer. 

Tamoxifen is used to treat the following conditions:

Generic tamoxifen  is a synthetic non-steroidal antiestrogen; a hormone therapy medication which prevents estrogen from encouraging the growth of breast cancer cells.  It does this by attaching to the hormone receptors in cancer cells, which then blocks estrogen from attaching to the receptor.  The result is that the tumor growth is stopped or slowed down because it cannot get access to the hormone (estrogen) it needs in order to grow.

How is tamoxifen taken?

It is important to follow your doctor’s guidelines when taking tamoxifen.

Taken once or twice a day, this medication is usually taken for a five year period unless specified otherwise by your doctor.    The dose is based upon your response to treatment and your medical diagnosis.

See pricing and information:

Tamoxifen – 10 mg tablets

Tamoxifen – 20 mg tablets

Tamoxifen should be taken at the same time every day.   Those with breast cancer which has spread to other parts of the body may notice an increase in pain or disease flare-ups when therapy is first begun with tamoxifen.   Any symptoms such as increased tumor size, new tumors, or increased bone pain should be reported to your doctor quickly.

Are there side effects of tamoxifen?

While some people who take this medication may experience mild to no serious side effects, here are some of the known side effects which may occur:

You should tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

This is not a complete list of side effects, so speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what other side affects you may experience.

Certain medications may interfere with tamoxifen, such as SSRI antidepressants, medications used to prevent seizures, blood thinners, hormonal forms of birth control, and others.  Speak to your pharmacist and let them know what medications and supplements you are taking.

Some test results for other conditions, such as thyroid tests, may be affected by tamoxifen, so always tell the people doing your blood work at the laboratory that you are taking tamoxifen.

Want more information about breast cancer?  Visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org .

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 of medications known as H2 blockers.     While Canada and France have announced Zantac recalls, the European Union and the United States are still investigating.

Why was it Suspended?

It was on September 13, 2019 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced the decision to review the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is classified as a probable human carcinogen, in medications containing the drug known as ranitidine.  These medications that contain ranitidine help reduce the production of stomach acid and are available as prescription medications and over the counter medications.

What are your alternatives?

If you are concerned about your prescription medication speak to your doctor or pharmacist about alternatives available. 

Other H2 blockers, or medications in the same class as ranitidine (Zantac) include the following which may or may not require a prescription:

Proton pump inhibitors are another class of medications that are a little stronger than H2 blockers.  These medications also blocking acid production. 

Omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) are familiar to physicians and patients as they have been around for a long time.   These medications are currently available over the counter (OTC) in the USA.

Esomeprazole (Nexium) is newer and is also available OTC in the USA.

Newer medications such as rabeprazole (Aciphex) and pantoprazole (Protonix) are available with a prescription.  These medications are a little smaller in size and easier to swallow.

The newest and very popular alternative is the prescription medication Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole).

Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole) for the treatment of GERD

Dexilant® is a common prescription medication used for the treatment of GERD. The active ingredient in Dexilant® is dexlansoprazole.  It is also prescribed to treat heartburn associated with GERD and, to maintain healing of erosive esophagitis. Dexilant® is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that works by reducing acid produced in the stomach. It may provide up to 24 hours of relief from heartburn due to GERD.  It may also provide relief from other stomach and esophagus symptoms such as persistent cough or trouble swallowing.

Dexilant® contains dexlansoprazole in a mixture of two types of enteric-coated granules. Thus, it releases the medication in two ways –it delivers the first release of medication within the first hour of taking the capsule, and then it releases a second round of medication into your system 4 to 5 hours later.  By taking Dexilant®, acid damage in the esophagus and stomach may heal faster and certain types of cancers of the esophagus and ulcers may be prevented.

Learn more about Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole).

Read more about the Alert by Health Canada  requesting companies stop distribution of ranitidine drugs in Canada and the recall of other drugs.

NOTE:  The information in this article is accurate as of October 1, 2019.  Circumstances and details may change after the publication of this article. 

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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 most common neurological disorder, affecting all ages and genders.   The Epilepsy Foundation states:

A person is considered to have epilepsy if they meet any of the following conditions.

  1. At least two unprovoked (or reflex) seizures occurring greater than 24 hours apart.
  2. One unprovoked (or reflex) seizure and a probability of further seizures similar to the general recurrence risk (at least 60%) after two unprovoked seizures, occurring over the next 10 years.
  3. Diagnosis of an epilepsy syndrome
    • Epilepsy is considered to be resolved for individuals who had an age-dependent epilepsy syndrome but are now past the applicable age or those who have remained seizure-free for the last 10 years, with no anti-seizure medicines for the last 5 years.

The Epilepsy Foundation has a very good video to explain what a seizure is. We encourage you to watch this video and visit their website at www.epilepsy.com to learn more about epilepsy and to learn seizure first aid.

How does Keppra® (levetiracetam) work?

While many anti-seizure medications slow down the electrical discharges in the brain to stop seizures, Keppra® (levetiracetam) actually works a little differently by joining with SV2A, a protein that is involved in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.  Keppra® is usually an add-on therapy (i.e. used with other medications).

Keppra® (levetiracetam) is used to treat:

Keppra® (levetiracetam) is available in the following doses. Click on the links to compare prices:

Keppra® – Brand-name – 250 mg tablets

Keppra® – Brand-name – 500 mg tablets

Keppra® – Brand-name – 750 mg tablets

Keppra® – Brand-name – 1000 mg tablets

Keppra® Oral Solution – Brand-name – 100 mg/mL

Levetiracetam – Generic – 250 mg tablets

Levetiracetam – Generic – 500 mg tablets

Levetiracetam – Generic – 750 mg tablets

Levetiracetam – Generic – 1000 mg tablets 

This medication needs to be taken exactly as your doctor prescribes it.  Do not increase or decrease your dose without specific medical instructions.  Stopping this medication suddenly may cause dangerous ongoing seizures, known as status epilepticus.

This medication is usually taken twice a day, usually 12 hours apart.  The pills are swallowed whole and may be taken with or without food.  The liquid form must be measured carefully to ensure you are taking the right dosage each time.

What are the side effects of Keppra® (levetiracetam)?

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects.  Speak to your pharmacist about what side effects may occur while taking this prescription medication.

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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 by influenza viruses. Influenza infections affect people differently.  Symptoms may vary from a mild fever through to hospitalization or even potentially death.

If you think you have the flu it is important to visit your doctor to make sure that you do not have some other condition or illness other than the flu.

Types of influenza:

Influenza A and Influenza B: Both of these flus are contagious and are the main flus that are considered seasonal, spreading in the late fall to winter in the U.S.

Influenza C: While still contagious, this flu is milder than Influenza A and Influenza B, and is not thought to be the cause of epidemics.

Influenza D:  Does not infect people, but primarily affects cattle.

Each of these influenza viruses can be broken down even further into different lineages and strains.  For example, Influenza A has subtypes H1N1, H3N2.   In 2009 there was a new Influenza A (H1N1) that made thousands of people very ill, and it was different from the previous strain of Influenza A (H1N1).  At the time of this article, there are two lineages of Influenza B:  B/Victoria and B/Yamagata.

Spreading the Flu

Believe it or not, you do not need to touch or stand near a person who has the flu in order to catch it.  The virus can travel up to six feet should an infected person cough or sneeze.  It can also be transmitted by touching a surface that has the active virus on it.

Most people who have the flu are contagious for the first 3-5 days after they have their first symptoms.  Some may be contagious even a day or so before having their own symptoms appear.

Who is at Risk for Flu Complications?

There are some people with certain physical or medical conditions that are at higher risk for becoming sick with flu-related complications that may make their chronic health conditions worse. According the Centers for Disease Control this is the list of health and age factors for high risk individuals.

Other people at high risk from the flu:

Tips to Help You Avoid Getting the Flu

The number one protection against the flu is the flu vaccine.  Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine every flu season.  Speak to your doctor about the vaccines and any possible side effects.

Do You Have The Flu?

If you catch the flu speak to your doctor about antiviral drugs you can take to help reduce your chances of getting flu related complications.   Antiviral drugs for the flu work best if started within a couple of days of symptoms appearing.

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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.   While there is no cure, there is at least hope as medical research continues to find new medications to help delay the progression of the disease. One of the medications is memantine hydrochloride.

Memantine is used to treat confusion related to Alzheimer’s disease, and may help improve awareness, memory, and the ability to successfully perform daily functions. Typically it is prescribed to treat symptoms in those patients with moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Generic memantine is also known by its brand name Namenda in the United States.

It is also known the brand name Ebixa in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

All three contain the active ingredient memantine hydrochloride.

How does memantine work?

Memantine belongs to a group of drugs called NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor antagonists which function to help slow the decline of cognition and memory in the Alzheimer’s disease patient by blocking glutamate in the brain.

Prescription memantine is often used in combination with other prescription medications such as Aricept, which are cholinesterase inhibitors.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there is some evidence that combining cholinesterase inhibitors with memantine may improve the effects of each medication when they work together.  This is, however, still in early trials.

Memantine may take up to 12 weeks to take effect, and ultimately the response time and how well the medication works does depend on the individual.  It is important to note that memantine does not cure Alzheimer’s disease.

How to take prescription memantine

Prescription memantine is available as tablets and oral solution.

Doses typically begin at 10 mg and are gradually increased to 20 mg depending on the patient’s reaction and tolerance for the medication.  It is important that the patient does not stop this medication or increase the dose without specific guidance from their doctor.

Prescription memantine tablets can be taken with or without food.

If the patient is taking memantine oral drops, the dose must be measured out using the oral syringe that comes with the prescription. 

Always speak to your pharmacist and/or doctor about what to do if a dose of memantine is missed.

Prescription memantine side effects

Like most medications prescription memantine may have some side effects, including

How to store prescription memantine

This prescription should be stored at room temperature and in a dry place.

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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 is acquired it is for life.   Without treatment, this virus may lead to AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Your immune system’s white blood cells work constantly to fight off infections and disease.  The HIV virus targets and attacks a type of white blood cells called T cells or CD4 cells. When the number of T cells in your body is reduced you are less able to fight infections and infection-related cancers.  When the patient’s body can no longer fight off these infections, called opportunistic infections, patient has AIDS.

There are three stages of HIV infection:

Stage 1: Acute HIV infection

Some people develop flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat, rash, swollen glands, muscle pains and headache within 2-4 weeks after being infected with HIV.  This response to the HIV infection by the body is called “acute retroviral syndrome” (ARS).  During this stage the virus is rapidly reproducing, using the CD4 cells to replicate while it destroys them at the same time.   It is important to note that it is at this stage when the risk of HIV transmission is very high because of the high level of HIV in the bloodstream. Starting treatment at this stage is most beneficial.

Stage 2: Clinical Latency Stage

During this stage, also known as asymptomatic HIV infection or chronic HIV infection stage, the HIV virus is reproducing very slowly and the patient may not feel any symptoms.  Patients taking ART at this stage may never develop AIDS because the treatment may keep the virus level very low.  Patients not taking treatment usually may stay in this clinical latency stage for an average of 10 years.  Still, some patients may progress faster or slower than others.

Stage 3: AIDS

When the immune system becomes weakened, the body is then vulnerable to opportunistic infections.  Regardless of CD4 count, if you develop more than one opportunistic illness you have progressed to AIDS.

Healthy immune system: CD4 counts are between 500-1,600 cells/mm3.

AIDS: CD4 counts are below 200 cells/mm3

Sadly, no cure for HIV/AIDS exists, however there are medications that can control HIV.  The medication used is called antiretroviral therapy (ART).  Modern medicine has been truly remarkable in the development of these medications.  Today someone with HIV who is treated and who takes their medication on a regular basis before the disease is too far advanced may actually live a long life.

HAART – HIV Treatment Overview

Today, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is the standard of treatment for HIV infection. HAART refers to any HIV treatment that uses a combination of two or more drugs.  It was introduced back in 1996 as a response to poor success rates in patients taking only one HIV medication at a time. HIV positive patients take HAART, also called an HIV treatment regime, daily.   

The goals of HAART include

For more information on HIV treatment visit this Understanding HIV/AIDS fact sheet:

ART cannot cure HIV, but the medicines can help people who have HIV live healthier and longer lives than ever before, and also help reduce the risk of transmission.

The following ART medications are available on the CanadaOnlineHealth.ca website:

Additional resources:

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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 is.  The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) states “When a person has psoriasis, something goes wrong in the immune system, so T-cells also attack the body’s skin cells. This attack causes the body to make new skin cells more often. The extra skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin, and you see psoriasis.”

Facts about psoriasis from the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) 

What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

Raised, inflamed, itchy, bumpy, red skin with silvery or white scales is the obvious symptom of psoriasis.

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, including the legs and torso, but the most common areas are the elbows, hands, and knees.

What are the different types of Psoriasis?

Plaque Psoriasis – This is the most common form, with symptoms that include raised, red patches of skin with silvery and white scales of skin.

Guttate Psoriasis – This form of psoriasis often appears after a strep infection.  Symptoms include small lesions that look like little dots.  It is the second most common form of psoriasis, affecting about 10% of those with psoriasis.

Inverse Psoriasis – This form of psoriasis appears as dark red lesions in the folds of the body such as the armpit, behind the knee or in the groin.

Pustular Psoriasis – This form of psoriasis is characterized by little white blisters or pustules containing pus. It is not contagious and usually appears on the hands and/or feet.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis – This severe form of psoriasis can be life-threatening.  It is a widespread, very red, itchy and painful psoriasis which may cause the skin to come off the body.  While it is rare, it occurs in approximately 3% of those who have unstable plaque psoriasis.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)?

30%of individuals with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.  Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease affecting the joints and locations where ligaments and tendons attach to the bones. Left untreated this disease can cause permanent joint damage resulting in a loss of range of motion.   Patients suspected of having PsA will most often be referred to a rheumatologist to find an effective treatment plan.

What can cause Psoriasis to appear?

Certain conditions may cause psoriasis to appear for the first time or cause existing psoriasis to flare up. Some known triggers of psoriasis include:

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Your doctor will be able to tell you if you have psoriasis. However, often doctors will refer patients with skin conditions to a certified dermatologist, who will create a full range treatment plan to help manage and treat your psoriasis and help prevent uncomfortable flare-ups.

During an examination your doctor or dermatologist will examine your symptoms and ask about other related symptoms such as joint pain and/or swelling.  They will often ask if any other members of your family have this condition and if you have recently had any stress or illnesses.  Often a small sample of skin is removed for examination to determine and confirm if you have psoriasis.

How is Psoriasis treated?

Psoriasis is treated according to several factors, including:

While psoriasis cannot be cured, there are treatments available including light treatments and prescription medications such as Otezla® (apremilast).

How does Otezla® (apremilast) treat Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis?

Otezla® (apremilast) is in a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors.  It works by helping relieve and decrease pain and swelling in psoriatic arthritis and may improve the swelling and flexibility in joints that are affected.   It also helps calm and reduce redness and scaling, as well as the thickening of the skin that occurs with plaque psoriasis.

How do you take Otezla® (apremilast)?

This medication is taken by mouth, usually twice a day. However, the dosage does depend on your individual condition, so your doctor will prescribe Otezla® (apremilast) according to your needs.

This medication needs to be taken as directed and, for best results, taken at the same time every day. Do not chew or crush this medication.

The active ingredient in brand-name Otezla® is apremilast.

Brand-name Otezla® – 30 mg tablets

What are the side effects of Otezla® (apremilast)?

Many medications have side effects that may be a nuisance and clear up on their own, while others may persist.  Speak to your doctor if any side effects continue or become worse.   Some side effects of Otezla® (apremilast) may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects.  Refer to the medication information that comes with your prescription and/or discusses other possible side effects with your pharmacist.

Psoriasis is an uncomfortable condition affecting close to 124 million people worldwide, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium.  With treatment and understanding, there is hope for better treatment and management.  If you would like to learn more about psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation at www.psoriasis.org.

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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 also infected with a bacterial infection.

There are different types of bacterial infections:

Latent infection – an infection which may not show symptoms right away but which will reactivate months or years later.

Chronic infection – an infection which lasts weeks, months, or even a lifetime.

Acute infection – an infection which is short lived.

How do you get rid of a bacterial infection?

Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections and some infections caused by parasites.  It is used for treatment of medical conditions including:

It is also used to prevent malaria and in combination with quinine, it can be used to treat malaria.

Generic doxycycline is also known by the following brand names:

United States – Brand-name Vibramycin®

United States – Brand name DoxycyclineAustralia – Brand-name Doryx®

Australia – Brand-name Doxylin®

Generic Doxycycline is available in 100 mg tablets or capsules.  We encourage you to compare prices between generic doxycycline and the brand name equivalents.

How does generic doxycycline work?

This prescription medication is a tetracycline antibiotic, which works by stopping the growth of bacteria in bacterial infections.  It does not work for viral infections.

Taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating a meal, once or twice a day as directed by your physician, this medication helps to stop the bacteria in your system from multiplying.

Do not lay down for at least 15 minutes after taking this medication.

Be sure to wait 2 to 3 hours to take this medication after you have taken any medication or supplements containing calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium or bismuth subsalicylate.  This includes antacids, quinapril, dairy products, juice enriched with calcium, any vitamin supplements.

Doxycycline may make you more sensitive to the sun and cause you to sunburn more easily. Avoid sunlight and tanning beds and wear protective clothing and sunscreen while taking doxycycline.

If you are taking doxycycline to prevent malaria, speak to your pharmacist about how best to take this medication. It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed, usually starting one or two days before traveling to a malarious area.  Learn more about malaria?

The dosage of doxycycline depends on several factors including your particular medical condition and how you respond to treatment.

What are the side effects of generic doxycycline?

Some common side effects reported include:

This is not a complete list of side effects. Speak to your pharmacist about other possible side effects and when to seek medical attention.

How can I prevent contracting a bacterial infection?

The main thing to remember when thinking about preventing bacterial infections is HYGIENE.

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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 can be terribly uncomfortable.  This is a fairly common condition with symptoms that include, as the name says, dry eyes. Other symptoms include:

How is Dry Eye diagnosed?

Dry eyes can be the result of several medical conditions or the side effect of some medications. To best determine the cause of your dry eyes your doctor will need to do check your medical history, review what medications you may be one and run some tests.  Some of the tests may include:

Overall comprehensive eye examination – A review of your overall eye health and physical health.

Tear volume measurement – For this test small pieces of blotting tissue are placed under the lower eyelid for several minutes.  The doctor then measures the amount of tears soaked up by the paper. This is called a Schirmer test.

Tear quality tests – The doctor will use special dyes dropped into the eyes to determine the surface condition of your eyeball.  This not only measures how fast your tears evaporate, but also looks at the pattern the dye makes on the cornea.

How are dry eyes treated?

Treatment of dry eyes depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops or artificial tear drops, but when this is not enough your doctor may prescribe a prescription eye drop called Restasis.   Prescription generic Restasis for dry eyes is now available!

Generic  Restasis is now available from Canada.

What is generic Restasis for dry eyes?

Generic Restasis is the generic equivalent of brand name Restasis and contains the same active ingredient cyclosporine. Cyclosporine eye drops are used to increase tear production in patients who have a certain eye condition (e.g., keratoconjunctivitis sicca) in which the eye does not make enough tears. The medicine belongs to a class of medicines known as immunosuppressants.

How does generic Restasis work?

Cyclosporine goes to work in the blood stream suppressing the body’s immune system.  When used in eye drops it increases tear production by reversing a condition in which the white blood cells in your immune system, known as lymphocytes, die and build up in the tear glands.

It is important to note that generic Restasis eye drops need to be used on a regular basis in order to begin to see the desired increase in tear production, which may take 3 months or more after starting treatment.

Are there side effects from using generic Restasis for dry eyes?

There are some common side effects reported, but speak to your pharmacist about what you may experience.  A few of the common side effects include:

Do not use generic Restasis for dry eyes more often than recommended by your doctor or for longer than recommended by your doctor.  The usual dose is 1 drop in each eye twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.  Follow your doctor’s prescription for dosage.

Generic Restatis – 0.4mL Unit Dose Vials (UDV) – 0.05%

Brand name Restasis  0.4mL UDV – 0.05%

(Note that Unit Dose Vials, or UDV, must be discarded immediately after using in both eyes.)

Compare prices between brand name Restasis and generic Restasis and see the cost savings!

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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 tell your body to use energy and how much energy for different functions.  The level of thyroid hormones circulating in your body is controlled by the pituitary gland, located just below your brain.  If your thyroid hormone level is low, it will send thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) to your thyroid gland to tell it increase the production of T3 and/or T4 as needed.

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism occurs when 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.

According to the American Thyroid Association,  more than 12% of the population in the United States will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. Approximately 20 million Americans currently have thyroid disease and most of these people (approximately 60%) may be unaware they have it.   

ERFA Thyroid is a prescription medication used in the treatment of hypothyroidism.   Learn more about this medication later in this article.

What causes Hypothyroidism?

What are Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism may vary from patient to patient, but these are some of the more common symptoms:

Diagnosing and Treatment of Thyroid Disease

If you or your doctors are concerned about your thyroid function, a simple test called a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test will give you quick answers. In fact, it may even detect a problem with your thyroid levels before you even notice symptoms.

What to ask your doctor about Hypothyroidism

Your doctor and your pharmacist are there to work together for your ultimate wellness. Going to your doctor with a list of questions puts you in a better position to understand your condition and open a dialogue about the best treatment for your needs.  Here are some questions to ask your doctor:

Prescription ERFA Thyroid for Hypothyroidism

Your doctor will determine how much prescription medication for hypothyroidism you will need based on your blood tests.  ERFA Thyroid is a thyroid medication often prescribed. Made from desiccated thyroid, it is used to replace thyroid hormones in patients who have hypothyroidism, a condition in which the body’s thyroid gland doesn’t make enough.

How do I take ERFA Thyroid?

Most doctors will start patients off with a 60 mg dose daily to treat hypothyroidism.   After 4-6 weeks your doctor will do a blood test to determine how well you are responding to treatment and may increase or decrease the dose depending on symptoms or side effects.  Regular testing of thyroid hormone levels are done every few months.

This medication should be taken at the same time every day before eating unless ordered otherwise by your doctor.   This medication is usually taken lifelong.

Do not double up on doses if you miss a dose.

Do not dispose of this medication down the drain or in the toilet.

What are the side effects of ERFA Thyroid?

Some common side effects may include, but are not limited to:

Speak to your pharmacist about other side effects you may encounter.

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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 and hyperthyroidism, you’re not alone.  Many people know someone with thyroid disease but aren’t quite sure if they are ‘hyper’ or ‘hypo’.  We have an easy way for you to remember which is which:

Hyperthyroidism – means you have an overactive thyroid.

Hypothyroidism – means you have an underactive thyroid.

What is the thyroid and what does the thyroid do?

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 and T4.  These hormones tell your body to use energy for different functions and how much.   The level of thyroid hormones circulating in your body is controlled by the pituitary gland, located just below your brain.  If your thyroid hormone level is low it will send thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) to your thyroid gland to tell it increase the production of T3 and/or T4 as needed.

What is Hypothyroidism?

It is when 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 10million Americans have some level of hypothyroidism.

What causes Hypothyroidism?

What are Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism may vary from patient to patient, but these are some of the more common symptoms:

What is Hyperthyroidism?

It is when the thyroid gland produces too much hormone causing your body to burn through energy faster than it ideally should.

What causes Hyperthyroidism?

There are several causes of hyperthyroidism including:

What are Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?

Diagnosing and treatment for Thyroid Disease

If you or your doctors are concerned about your thyroid function, a simple test called a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test will give you quick answers. In fact, it may even detect a problem with your thyroid levels before you even notice symptoms.

What to ask your doctor about Hypothyroidism

Your doctor and your pharmacist are there to work together for your ultimate wellness. Going to your doctor with a list of questions puts you in a better position to understand your condition and open a dialogue about the best treatment for your needs.  Here are some questions to ask your doctor:

Prescription Medication for Hypothyroidism

Your doctor will determine how much prescription medication for hypothyroidism you will need based on your blood tests.  Synthroid™, Eltroxin™, Armour Thyroid Tablets™, or ERFA Thyroid Tablets™ are medications often prescribed for hypothyroidism.

Prescription Medication for Hyperthyroidism.

Again, based on your blood tests, your doctor will prescribe medication for your hyperthyroid condition.

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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 satin medications. 

Triglycerides are fats that circulate in your blood (like cholesterol) and may contribute to a hardening or narrowing or your arteries, which puts you at an increased risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Elevated triglyceride levels are common in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Simply put, omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats you get from eating certain foods.  This family of essential fatty acids is not produced by our bodies.

There are three types of essential fatty acids:

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) – found mainly in plants (e.g. nuts and seeds)

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – found in algae and animal based foods

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – found in algae and animal based foods

Prescription Omega-3s can help lower triglycerides up to 30%

Experts from the American Heart Association reviewed 17 clinical trials involving patients with high triglyceride levels. Patients treated with 4 grams of prescription omega-3 fatty acids daily saw improvement in their triglyceride levels regardless of the brand of omega-3 prescribed and regardless of whether they were also taking a statin drug to lower their cholesterol.

There are currently 4 brands of prescription omega-3 available in the US: Lovaza, Vascepa, Epanova and Omtryg.

They all contain omega-3 acid ethyl esters but are not considered interchangeable. Lovaza and Epanova is available as 1 g liquid filled gel capsule, Vascepa as either 0.5 g or 1 g capsule, and Omtryg as 1.2 g capsule.

The recommended dose is 4 grams per day, to be taken in divided doses with food in order to reduce the potential side effect of an upset stomach

There are currently no generic equivalents available to any of the prescription omega-3s.

Brand name Omacor 1 g capsule available out of the UK is equivalent to US Lovaza.

What are the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids?

There are several important health benefits from omega-3 fatty acids including:

There have been some studies stating that omega-3s may be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of ADHD, depression, and asthma, and it may also be beneficial in protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  More research is needed, however, to prove the effectiveness in these cases.

What foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids?

There are several foods that are high in natural omega-3 fatty acids including:

What are omega-3 supplements?

There are different types of omega-3 supplements. Some contain fish oil and some contain algal oil, which is created from algae.   The benefit of algal oil is that it does not contain any cholesterol and does not have the fishy smell that some fish oil supplements have.  Both fish oil and algal supplements are natural sources of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Fish oil has both EPA and DHA, while algae oil only has DHA.

Non-Prescription Omega-3 Supplements

Omega 3 Fish Oils EPA 400/DHA 200

Omega 3 Super Concentrate Softgel EPA 400/DHA 200

Omega 3 Fish Oils, Docosahexaenoic Acid (Fish Oil) 1000mg

Should I take Omega-3 supplements to help reduce my triglycerides?

While studies have shown that taking an omega-3 supplement is beneficial, if you are currently taking statin medications to reduce your cholesterol you should speak to your doctor about your need to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements, just as you should speak to your doctor about taking any other supplement or prescription medication.

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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 is little room for air to travel in and out of the lungs through the swollen air passages. There is no cure for asthma but thanks to new medications it can be managed every day.  

How many people have asthma?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as many as 1 in 13 people in the United States have asthma.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation  states that the number of people diagnosed with asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s.

How is asthma diagnosed?

If you have trouble breathing your doctor will do several tests to evaluate your symptoms to determine if you have asthma or another breathing problem.  This evaluation will include a physical exam, checking on your family history, and other tests such as a lung function test. Your doctor will then make a determination of the severity of your situation and determine the best treatment plan for you.

How is Asthma treated?

Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) is used to control and prevent the symptoms of asthma such as wheezing, cough and shortness of breath.  It is also used to control these same symptoms, which may be associated with other lung diseases such as chronicobstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

What is in Advair Diskus?

This prescription medication contains two different medications: fluticasone propionate and salmeterol.   Fluticasone propionate is in a class of medication known as corticosteroids, which reduces the swelling in the airways. Salmeterol is a long-acting beta agonist (a bronchodilator), which helps improve breathing by opening the airways in the lungs.

Advair Diskus – 100 mcg/50 mcg

Advair Diskus – 250 mcg/50 mcg

Advair Diskus – 500 mcg/50 mcg

What is Advair Inhaler (HFA)?

The Advair Inhaler (HFA) also contains the medications fluticasone propionate and salmeterol. However, while the Advair Diskus is a dry powder inhaler, the Advair HFA Inhaler is an aerosol  inhaler that contains a propellant to help deliver the medication to your lungs. Advair HFA Inhaler – 125 mcg/25 mcg

Advair HFA Inhaler – 250 mcg/25 mcg

What is the difference between Advair Diskus and Advair HFA?

Advair HFA is FDA-approved for asthma.

Advair Diskus is FDA-approved for both asthma and COPD.

While the two delivery methods and dosages may vary, the active ingredients are the same in both.

It is important to note that the Advair Diskus and the Advair HFA Inhaler are both used in circumstances when patients do not find relief from breathing problems when using just one asthma medication alone.

Who should NOT take Advair Diskus or Advair HFA Inhaler?

Advair Diskus is meant for patients over the age of four years old.  It is not meant for children or adults who are already using a prescription medication to control asthma, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.

Note: Advair is not to be used in place of a rescue inhaler in case of an emergency breathing problem.

Do not use prescription Advair Diskus if you are allergic to milk proteins or if you are taking a medication that contains a LABA (long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist).

How are the Advair Diskus and the Advair HFA Inhaler used to treat breathing problem such as asthma?

This medication must be used as directed by your doctor.  For best benefits, be sure to use the medication regularly and at evenly spaced time intervals, at the same time(s) each day.  

Do not increase or decrease your dose without speaking to your doctor.

Be sure to gargle and rinse your mouth out completely with water after each use of prescription Advair Diskus and Advair HFA to prevent irritation and possible yeast infection in the mouth and throat.

What are the side effects of Advair Diskus and the Advair HFA Inhaler?

Most people using this medication do not have serious side effects.  However, there are some side effects you may encounter including:

Upset stomach
Irritated throat
Headache
Raised blood pressure

It is important to monitor your blood pressure while using prescription Advair Diskus or Advair HFA for breathing trouble related to asthma, or COPD.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects.  Please refer to the insert that comes with your prescription and speak to your pharmacist about possible side effects.

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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 a condition where the prostate enlarges, blocking the flow of urine through the urethra.   

An enlarged prostate is not related to cancer, is not cancer, and does not put you at risk for prostate cancer.  With an enlarged prostate, the testicles still function normally.

The American Urological Association (AUA) says that BPH is the most common prostate problem for men over 50 and that by age 60 more than half of men have BPH, and over 90% of men have it by age 85.

What causes prostate enlargement?

It is believed that testosterone levels, as well as aging and cellular changes in the testicles lead to an enlarged prostate. As the prostate enlarges the bladder needs to contract with more force to push urine through the body.  This extra pressure, over time, makes the bladder walls thicker, stronger and very sensitive, creating contractions when there is even a small amount of urine in the bladder.  Because the urethra is narrowed, not all of the urine is passed out of the bladder.

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

It is important to note that not every man with an enlarged prostate will have symptoms.  Common symptoms include:

What is the treatment for an enlarged prostate?

Your doctor will want to run some medical tests to determine what the reason for your prostate enlargement is.  Common tests are:

Treatment for an enlarged prostate may include lifestyle changes, surgery or prescription medications, such as prescription Flomax® (tamsulosin).

How does Flomax® (tamsulosin) work?

Flomax® (tamsulosin) is a prescription medication known as an alpha blocker used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.   It is also prescribed to treat stones in the urinary tract.

This medication relaxes the muscles of the bladder and the prostate, which helps relieve uncomfortable symptoms of BPH, including a weak urine stream, trouble beginning urination, and the frequent urge to urinate.

How is Flomax® (tamsulosin) prescribed?

For the treatment of symptoms associated with BPH, Flomax® (tamsulosin) is usually taken once a day, and the dose is based upon your current medical condition and how well you respond to this medication.   It should be taken at the same time each day. Most patients begin this medication at the recommended dose and if needed, the medication may be increased according to your doctor’s orders. Should you miss taking a dose of Flomax® (tamsulosin), speak to your doctor or pharmacist about how to best handle the missed dose.  Flomax® (tamsulosin) is available in the following strengths:

Brand-name Flomax® CR tablets – 0.4 mg

Generic tamsulosin capsules – 0.4 mg

Generic tamsulosin CR tablets – 0.4 mg

What are the side effects of Flomax® (tamsulosin)?

This medication may cause an unexpected drop in blood pressure.  If you have not taken your prescription Flomax® (tamsulosin) for a while it is important to speak to your doctor before restarting it on your own.

Other side effects some patients experience include:

On rare occasion some men may experience a prolonged or painful erection lasting up to 4 hours or more. If this side effect occurs,  discontinue the medication and seek medical help as soon as possible.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects.  Speak to your pharmacist about what side effects you may encounter while taking prescription Flomax® (tamsulosin).

Before taking Flomax® (tamsulosin) tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

Also, tell your doctor that you are taking this medication if you plan to have any surgery or dental work.

What lifestyle changes can be implemented to manage life with an enlarged prostate?

Many men only have mild discomfort and/or symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, and may benefit from self-care lifestyle changes such as the following:

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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 have weaker pelvic floor muscles.  These conditions may lead to leakage after urination or urinary incontinence.   Kegel exercises may help strengthen the muscles used to prevent  these symptoms from happening.

You can do Kegel exercises anytime and anywhere.  It is even a good idea to practice them when laughing or doing any lifting or exercising, too.

When done on a regular basis, Kegel exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles,  in as little as a couple of weeks.  You will know you are seeing results when you recognize less urine leakage and better control.

The benefits of Kegel exercises for women

As with men, women may also have weak pelvic floor muscles.  Often this muscle weakness is a result of pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, surgery, age, overactive bladder or other medical conditions.  Women will find Kegel exercises may help with urinary incontinence and stress incontinence.

It is important to note that Kegel exercises may not help women who have overflow incontinence, where small amounts of urine are leaked due to a full bladder.   Women who tend to leak large amounts of urine when laughing or sneezing may also not find that Kegel exercises are helpful.

How to do Kegel exercises

A Kegel exercise is the contraction of the muscles in the pelvic floor. While urinating, contract your muscles needed to stop your urination midstream.  When you do this, you are using your pelvic floor muscles. It is that easy.

Do not hold your breath.

Do not flex the muscles in your buttocks, abdomen or thighs.

Hold the muscle contractions for 3-5 seconds, then release and tighten them again. Over time you will be able to hold the contractions for longer as the muscles in the pelvic floor gain strength.   Repeat these contraction exercises at least 3 times per day.  When not in the washroom, you can do Kegel exercises anywhere, and any time, by tightening and holding your pelvic muscles tight.

Not sure if you are doing Kegels correctly and need help? Speak to your doctor who will provide guidance to ensure you are doing them correctly.

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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 to get 21 grams of fiber per day.  For men under 50 the target is 38 grams of fiber per day, and men over 50 should try to get 30 grams per day.

What is fiber and what does it do?

Fiber is the indigestible part of fruits and vegetables which pass through your system and help you have bowel movements.  Fiber also:

How does dietary fiber help with diabetes?

Fiber slows down the digestion of food in your stomach, which lets the glucose from the food slowly enter the blood stream, rather than entering it all at once and causing blood sugar to quickly rise. 

There are three types of fiber.

Soluble fiber – this is fiber that dissolves in water and slows down your digestion, which helps lower your cholesterol and blood sugar.

Insoluble fiber – this fiber doesn’t dissolve and passes through the body quickly, helping your stools form and preventing constipation.

Fermentable fiber – this fiber can be both soluble and insoluble, and is important to help you form healthy bacteria in your gut

Bacteria in my gut? Is that a good thing?

Yes! Everyone’s gut (stomach and digestive system) contains what is known as the microbiome. This is a combination of different types of bacteria, tiny fungi and other organisms that help you stay well.   A healthy microbiome is a result of a healthy lifestyle and can affect everything from your immune system to your metabolism.  A diet rich in fiber-rich foods including fruits, grains, and vegetables will feed your body with nutrients and help create a richer, healthier microbiome.  Foods high in fat and sugar and animal products do the opposite.

Where can I get more fiber in my diet?

The important thing to know is that you can increase the fiber in your diet without increasing calories.  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber, while most processed foods and foods like meat and dairy  products have little to no fiber at all.  Here are some examples:

As you can see, it really isn’t hard for those fiber grams to add up in your day if you are making healthy choices!

Try making small changes in your daily diet, such as:

These small changes can add up to big health benefits in the long run.  If you have questions about your digestive needs, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your particular health concerns.

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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 American Dietetic Association says that eating almonds increases the Vitamin E level in your plasma and red blood cells and can actually lower your cholesterol.

In addition, because almonds are rich in vitamin E they act as antioxidants in the body.  And when you combine the twenty powerful flavonoids found in the skin of the almond with the nut, you get double the antioxidant power than if you ate nut and skin separately.  Plus, almonds are also a good source of manganese, riboflavin (vitamin B2), magnesium, copper and phosphorous.

But that is not all! Almonds are also a good source of fiber and protein.  A serving of almonds is approximately 1 ounce, or 21-24 almonds.  This serving contains 163 calories with 14 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, 3.5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of fat.

Worried about weight gain?  Put your mind at ease.  According to a study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association, eating 1 ½ ounces of almonds daily instead of a high carbohydrate donut or treat,  when combined with a heart healthy diet and exercise plan, actually helped reduce lipid profiles and improve cholesterol in the study participants.  The study participants also noticed that their belly fat (central adiposity) reduced, as well as their leg fat and waist circumference.

So go ahead!  Eat some almonds and enjoy better health.

Ways to Use Almonds:

What are YOUR favorite ways to eat almonds?

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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 population annually. Lysodren is marketed as an orphan drug because of the small numbers of patients who require it. It is typically used in patients who have persistent disease despite surgery, those who are not surgical candidates or those with metastatic disease.

How does Lysodren work?

The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys. Their outer cortex produces a variety of hormones including the steroids aldosterone and cortisol, as well as androgens. 

Prescription Lysodren works by decreasing the amount of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, as well as altering the peripheral metabolism of steroids. Because of that, steroid replacement therapy is usually prescribed when you take Lysodren.

How do I take Lysodren?

Your dosage of Lysodren will be determined by your doctor.  It is taken with or without food, usually up to three times per day depending on your doctor’s prescription.  If you have questions about how to take your prescription Lysodren, speak to your pharmacist who will be happy to explain the directions on your prescription.

The active ingredient in prescription Lysodren is mitotane and it is available as 500 mg tablets.

Do not increase or decrease your dosage of prescription Lysodren without your doctor’s instructions.  Your doctor may order blood levels of mitotane (Lysodren) to be measured in order to ensure the dose is right for you.

What are the side effects of Lysodren?

Common side effects may include:

Signs of allergic reaction may include:

Lysodren therapy requires careful monitoring by your doctor, including regular bloodwork appointments, in order to ensure the dosage is appropriate.

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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 running?  The calories burned by both walking and running were equally effective when it came to the health benefits to the cardiovascular system.

Knowing that, let’s put those shoes on and talk about what else walking can do for you.

Getting older comes with certain concerns, such as the worry about developing a disability or losing independence.  A 2008 study from the University of Georgia found that seniors who walked on a regular basis actually reduced their risk of developing a physical disability by up to 41%. 

Should you walk if you have arthritis pain?

The simple movement of the hips while walking is tremendously helpful in reducing inflammation and reducing arthritis pain, while lubricating both the hip and knee joints.  What is interesting is that many people think that if you have arthritis pain that staying away from regular physical activity can help, but the opposite is true.  The Arthritis Foundation (link to www.arthritis.org) states that walking can help reduce stiffness and inflammation.  As a side benefit, walking can help you lose weight and keep your bones nice and strong.   As always, check with your doctor to make sure you are able to walk safely.

Healthy heart benefits of walking

The American Heart Association/American College of Sports Medicine currently recommend that able-bodied adults exercise for at least 30 minutes at least 5 days per week and do more intense aerobic exercise 3 days per week for 20 minutes.  The cardiovascular benefits of walking include:

Lacing up – with the right footwear!

If you are simply going outside to check the mail, slipping on your comfortable beat up sneakers for a couple of minutes is certainly not a bad thing – but if you are going to walk for exercise it is important to make sure you are wearing the proper footwear.

Look for walking shoes designed for walking.  The shoes should have a moisture-resistant insole, and the sole should be shock-absorbent.  The shoe itself should be light and breathable, and it should fit comfortably if you are wearing a thick sock.

Stretch and warm up before you head out.

If you have not walked far in a long time, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to walk for exercise.  Take a few minutes to stretch a little before and after your walk to warm up your muscles and to prevent stiffness or any cramping.

This is not a race, so walk slow and enjoy walking at a pace that is both safe and comfortable for you.  If the weather is hot or cold or rainy out, consider walking in a mall. In fact, many malls now have seniors walking groups, so contact your local shopping mall and see if there is a program you can join.

Remember your health concerns

If you take any medication or have any medical concerns, you should make sure to take your medication with you. If you are a diabetic, be sure to plan your meals around your walk and take a snack with you.  Taking a bottle of water with you is also a good idea.

Let someone know where you are walking in case they need to get hold of you or in case you become ill.

Enjoy your walk!  Walking is good for the mind, the body, and your spirit.  You will feel good doing something for your body and enjoying the fresh air.  Even if you’re only able to walk for 5-10 minutes, never give up doing what you love.

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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 or call 911.  Self-diagnosis can be dangerous.

The symptoms of heart attack and heart burn can be eerily similar.

Is it Heartburn?

Heartburn is the term used for the burning sensation caused by the rising of food and acid from the stomach back up into the food pipe and throat.  This is called acid reflux.   The pain and discomfort from an acid reflux episode is not related to the heart.  The discomfort typically happens above the stomach area and up into the throat.  Other symptoms may include belching, a feeling of bloating, and nausea.

You should never assume that repeated episodes of heartburn are not related to your heart.  Some people have reported having a burning sensation in their chest and upper stomach area after rigorous exercise and had assumed it was acid reflux, only to find out that they had other symptoms related to heart disease.

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when there is a loss of blood supply to part of the heart.  Usually caused by coronary artery disease, a heart attack can stop your heart from beating – which is called cardiac arrest.

Symptoms of a heart attack may be different in men and women, and not everyone will have the same symptoms.  Some of the more usual symptoms include:

It’s time to call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:

Living a healthy lifestyle to help reduce your heart attack risk factors is important. Talk to your doctor about your health, get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested, stay active, and eat a healthy well balanced diet.   

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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 a period for 12 months in a row. Normally menopause can begin any time after the age of 40 for a woman, but for others it may begin sooner as a result of illness, surgery such as a hysterectomy or cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

Perimenopause is the time before menopause, as the ovaries slowly begin to produce less and less estrogen.  It is when the drop in estrogen quickens that some women begin to feel symptoms of menopause.  These symptoms include:

Postmenopause is formally defined as the time after which a woman has experienced twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period. Certain health risks that are related to the loss of estrogen may increase, including heart disease and osteoporosis.

What is an Estrogen gel and how does it work?

EstroGel®   is a gel containing an FDA-approved bioidentical estrogen therapy. The gel itself contains 0.06% estradiol, which is derived from plants (not animals) and is identical to the estrogen produced by your body.  The estradiol is in an absorptive hydroalcoholic gel, which is colorless and odorless. The gel is easily absorbed into your system through the skin and into the blood stream.  Transdermal estrogen replacement is often preferred to estrogen pills because of lower risk of side effects.

The most common indication for menopausal estrogen therapy are hot flashes (also known as vasomotor symptoms). Although alternative therapies exist, none are as effective as estrogen.

Another common indication are vaginal symptoms. The linings of the vagina and urethra are very sensitive to estrogen, and estrogen deficiency leads to thinning of the vaginal epithelium. The resulting symptoms include vaginal dryness, itching, difficult or painful sexual intercourse and sometimes urinary symptoms. Both systemic and vaginal estrogens are effective for localized genitourinary symptoms, and for women who do not have any other menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, the doctor will usually recommend vaginal estrogen only (usually vaginal cream e.g.  Premarin cream or vaginal tablets e.g. Vagifem)

Systemic estrogen therapy, such as Estrogel, estrogen patches or pills is also helpful for other menopausal symptoms, most commonly mood liability/depression and joint aches and pains.

Estrogen replacement is no longer prescribed for prevention of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular heart disease, osteoporosis, cognitive function and dementia.

How is EstroGel® used?

It is important to speak to your doctor about your particular needs for this medication, as dosage depends on your response to the treatment and your medical conditions.  You should never increase or decrease the dose on your own, nor should you use it more often than prescribed.  Be sure to use this medication at the same time each day.

EstroGel ® Pump is available in a metered dose which delivers 1.25 g of gel containing 0.75 mg of estradiol.  It is applied once a day (i.e. one pump per day), and dries quickly, so it is very convenient and easy to use.

EstroGel® 0.06% – 80 g metered-dose pump

The gel is applied to clean, dry skin on the upper arm or shoulder area once a day. 

Read the patient information insert that comes with your medication to ensure you learn how to use the pump and how to apply the gel properly, as well as how long to wait before touching the area where the medication was applied.

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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 heat-related illnesses related to high temperatures or above-normal temperatures and humid weather in the United States.  You read that correctly – even weather that is more humid than usual can be dangerous.

In this article we are going to talk about the differences between heatstroke and heat exhaustion and what you can do to stay safe.

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is not as dangerous as heatstroke. While heatstroke may cause damage to your body’s organs and functions, heat exhaustion does not cause damage – however it is dangerous and may lead to heat stroke.   Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

What to do if you experience heat exhaustion?

If you suspect you are experiencing heat exhaustion rest and rehydrate immediately, get out of the sun and relocate to a cooler area. If symptoms continue and do not improve, it is important to seek medical attention quickly.

What is Heat Stroke?

When your body reaches a temperature of 104F or higher, you may have heatstroke.  This is a true medical emergency which needs immediate medical attention. 

Simply sitting in the shade or sipping cool water may not be enough to take you out of the danger.   Without medical treatment heatstroke begins to affect your lungs, liver, kidneys, brain, nervous system, circulatory system and your muscles, causing damage.  The symptoms of heatstroke mimic that of heat exhaustion at first, and then escalate to include the following symptoms:

Types of heat stroke

It is important to understand the two types of heat stroke, because it is easy to assume that because you are not sitting outside in the sun or actively moving outside on a hot day that you are safe from sunstroke.

Exertional heat stroke – This is the type of heatstroke that can occur when you exert yourself through exercise or being physically active out in the heat.  At some point your body can no longer adapt to the rising temperatures.

Non-exertional heat stroke – This type of heatstroke often occurs with seniors or others with chronic illness, who can’t adapt to hot weather, such as someone who is indoors where it is very warm and without air conditioning.  You will often hear of people becoming ill during heat waves, when the temperatures continue to rise and there is no way to find relief from the heat. At some point we become unable to handle the heat.

Are you at Risk for Heat Stroke?

As stated earlier, heat stroke can happen to anyone, but some people are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.  Some risk factors include:

Prescription medications – some prescription medications may put you at risk for dehydration, such as medications for certain heart conditions or for high blood pressure.  Speak to your doctor about what you can do during hotter days to prevent dehydration while taking your medication.

Age – seniors over the age of 65 and children under the age of 6 may be at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.

Weight – being overweight may impact your ability to cool down in hot weather, as your body retains more heat with more weight.

Activity – if you know you are going to be very active in the heat, you should know you are at risk. Take precautions and review the “How to Prevent Heat Stroke” tips below.

Travel – when you travel from a cooler climate to a hot climate, the sudden change of temperature may be hard for your body to adjust to.

Heat Index – when the heat index, which measures the humidity and the outdoor temperature and calculates how the heat feels to your body, is higher than 91F (32.8C), it is considered very high and may pose a health risk.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke

Summer is a time to enjoy better weather and have fun and be active, and this includes getting out and enjoying each and every day while being proactively health aware.  Preventing heat-related illnesses is important, so here are some tips to help you prevent heat stroke:

Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency.  Remember, if you feel the symptoms of heat stroke or if you see someone who is struggling with symptoms of heat stroke, seek emergency medical treatment.

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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 listener and should take the time to answer all of your questions so you fully understand the details around your prescription medications.   While most medications come with information sheets with details about your medication, including a list of side effects to be aware of and an explanation about what the medication does, patients often have questions they would like to ask and there may be things on those information sheets they would like clarified

To make things just a little easier we’ve come up with a list of questions you can ask your pharmacist. Here at CanadaOnlineHealth we often hear these questions from our customers, and we’re more than happy to take the time to make sure you go away comfortable and satisfied with the answers.

TIP: If you find you are unable to remember all of these questions when you see your pharmacist, write them down and take them with you. 

What is this medication called?

Did you know that every medication usually has two different names – a generic and a brand name.  Your medication bottle or package will have the brand name, generic name, or even both.  Some countries have different names for the same medication.     Ask your pharmacist to point out the names on the bottle.  While you’re at it, you know how it is, sometimes those names can be tongue twisters, so ask your pharmacist how to pronounce the names of your medication.

What is this medication supposed to do for me?

Ask your pharmacist what the medication is supposed to do.  Is it a pain killer? Is it a statin medication? Is it an antibiotic or something for hypothyroidism?  Ask your pharmacist  what exactly it is that your prescription medication is supposed to do so you have some expectation of results.

What are the side effects of this medication?

It’s important to spend some time talking with your pharmacist about possible side effects you might experience with your medications.  Your pharmacist will discuss possible ways you can manage the side effects and understand which side effects may be potentially serious enough to require immediate medical attention.

How do I take this medication?

There are several questions you should ask about how you should take your prescribed medication.

Are there foods that interfere with the effectiveness of this medication?

Some foods may affect the way certain medications work. For example, grapefruit juice and some statins should not be combined.  Tip: Read our article 6 Common Food and Prescription Medication Combinations to Avoid

How should I store my medication?

Some medications need to be kept cool, while others are safe at room temperature.  Ask your pharmacist if there are any special considerations you need to know about.

What do I do if I need a refill?

Some medications have refills while others are prescribed for one course of treatment.  Ask your pharmacist if you have refills and what you should do to get a refill.

How do I know if this medication is working for me?

Ask your pharmacist when you may start to see some results and what you should expect.  You may also want to ask your pharmacist what you should do if you feel the medication is not helping you as expected.

Are there activities I should avoid while taking this prescription medication?

Be sure to ask your pharmacist if you should avoid exercising, driving, operating machinery, and other physical activities while you are taking your medication.

Will this prescription medication interfere with my other prescription medications, supplements, or vitamins I am taking?

Always let your pharmacist know what other medications and supplements you are taking, and ask if your new prescription medication is safe to combine with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements you are currently taking. 

So remember, your pharmacist is here to help you.  Being well informed about your treatment plan and the medications you’re taking is important.

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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 is called diuresis, the production of more urine.

What conditions are diuretics used for?

Diuretics are often used by patients who suffer from conditions that cause swelling, such as swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or belly.  This type of swelling is commonly seen in patients who have conditions such as:

What are some common diuretic medications?

There are three types of diuretics, and each has a specific duty and affects a different part of the kidney.  The type of prescription diuretic used by a patient depends on its particular use and its side effects.

Thiazide Diuretics – These diuretics are usually prescribed to patients with high blood pressure and are not as strong as loop diuretics.  Examples of thiazide diuretics include:

Potassium-sparing Diuretics – These diuretics increase diuresis without causing a loss of potassium.  Often they are prescribed along other medications to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure.  Examples of potassium-sparing diuretics include:

Loop Diuretics – These diuretics work in the kidney in an area called the ‘loop of Henle’ and are most effective for patients who have impaired or weakened kidney function.  They are most often prescribed for patients who have hypertension and edema often as a result of having renal insufficiency or congestive heart failure.

Examples of loop diuretics include:

How is prescription Edecrin (ethacrynic acid) used?

Edecrin is a small pill taken once or twice a day with food during the day.   It is prescribed based on your medical conditions, other medications you take, and how well you respond to taking Edecrin.  The dose is usually low when first prescribed and increased if and when necessary based on how well it works for you and what your lab tests for potassium, sodium and chloride levels are.

Edecrin is meant to be taken on a regular basis, preferably at the same time of day each day.  It is not recommended that you take this medication within four hours of bedtime, as it may cause you to need to wake up to urinate.
Does Edecrin have side effects?

It is important to tell your doctor about your medical history and any medications you may be taking.  You should tell your pharmacist about your history of liver disease, kidney disease or gout.

Common side effects may include:

Tell your doctor if you notice any signs of dehydration such dry mouth, thirst, irregular or fast heartbeat, severe dizziness, confusion, or an unusual decrease in your need to urinate.

This is not a complete list of side effects. Speak to your pharmacist about other side effects that may occur.

Other precautions to be aware of when taking prescription Edecrin

This medication may interact with lithium and furosemide.    

Edecrin may affect your blood sugar levels, so if you have diabetes make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels and tell your doctor.

Because this medication may lower sodium and potassium levels in your blood, you may be instructed by your doctor to eat foods that are rich in potassium and/or to use more salt.  Speak to your doctor about your blood tests to ensure you are eating a healthy diet when taking this medication.

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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 program.

Patients are prescribed this medication based on current blood sugar levels, other medications you may be taking, and how you respond to this medication, as well as other factors including how many meals per day you eat.

Starlix®(nateglinide) comes in a pill and is usually taken up to 30 minutes before eating, three times each day.  If a meal is missed this medication should not be taken.

Starlix®(nateglinide) is available in the following strengths:

60 mg tablets

120 mg tablets

How does Starlix®(nateglinide) work?

Starlix® (nateglinide) stimulates the pancreas cells, called beta cells, to produce more insulin, which helps the body utilize sugar. This improved insulin production takes approximately 15 minutes to begin, resulting in blood sugar levels lowering throughout and after eating a meal.

Patients are instructed to monitor blood sugar levels regularly and report them to the doctor so that the correct dose is always prescribed.  Should blood sugar levels dip very low or spike upwards, it is important to let your doctor know so that dosage can be adjusted.
What are the known side effects of Starlix®(nateglinide)?

Starlix (nateglinide) may cause blood sugar to drop (i.e. hypoglycemia), especially if taken in combination with other medications used to manage blood sugar levels.   It is important to speak to your doctor and pharmacist to find out what to do should you miss a meal while on Starlix® (nateglinide) so you know when and if to take your medication.

Weight gain may occur while on Starlix®(nateglinide).  Monitor your weight closely and speak to your doctor or pharmacist should this happen.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to this medication may include rash, itching/swelling (of face/tongue/throat), trouble breathing, dizziness.  Should you experience signs of an allergic reaction contact your doctor or emergency medical help as soon as possible.

Who should NOT take Starlix®(nateglinide)?

Starlix® (nateglinide) is not meant for patients who are:

People with the following conditions should use this medication with caution:

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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 to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.”

It is estimated that as many as one in 40 adults in the United States have OCD, with one in 100 children having OCD.

There are different treatment options for people with OCD including cognitive behavioral therapy. Medication is also used to help treat obsessive compulsive behavior.  The IOCDF states that approximately 7 out of 10 people with OCD benefit from medications and treatments.

How does Anafranil (clomipramine) work to help people with OCD?

Anafranil (clomipramine) works by restoring the balance of serotonin and other substances in the brain.  As a result it may reduce the urge to repeat tasks such as hand-washing, checking and rechecking on things, repetitive motions, all often performed by people with OCD.  It can also help ease obsessions and repetitive focused thoughts.

Anafranil is a tricyclic antidepressant used for the treatment of:

How is Anafranil (clomipramine) prescribed?

This medication is prescribed based on an assessment and diagnosis by your doctor.  It is usually prescribed at a lower dose to begin with and increased slowly over time to allow your body to adjust to the medication.   Brand-name Anafranil (clomipramine) is available in the following doses:

Brand-name Anafranil (clomipramine) – 10 mg

Brand-name Anafranil (clomipramine) – 25 mg

Brand-name Anafranil (clomipramine) – 50 mg

Generic clomipramine is available in the same strengths.

It is important not to increase, decrease, or stop this medication without advice from your doctor. Stopping suddenly may result in unpleasant side effects such as irritability, headache, vomiting, nausea and dizziness.  Take this medication as prescribed, and while it may take 2-3 weeks for the full benefits of the medication to be felt, it is important to take this medication regularly unless instructed otherwise.

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication as it may increase the medication levels in your blood stream.

What are the side effects of Anafranil (clomipramine)?

Speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what side effects you may experience while on this medication.  Some common side effects reported include:

Talk to your pharmacist about serious side effects to be aware of including change of mental state/mood, muscle stiffness, sexual problems, trouble urinating, tremors, bruising and abdominal pain.  This is not a complete list of side effects.

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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 who had a good night sleep. In fact, researchers discovered that the sleep pattern affects long term weight more than diet or physical activity.  That’s because people who are sleep deprived are less likely to exercise and more likely to “veg-out” in front of the TV and eat junk food. Also, hormones, which play a role in regulating the appetite, can be affected when a person doesn’t get enough sleep.  University of Chicago researchers found that within a few days of sleep deprivation, insulin sensitivity dropped by more than 30 percent. The research just keeps coming, and one thing is clear – you need to get some sleep! 

Here are some natural suggestions that may help you to get more sleep:

If you want to live a healthy life and maintain an ideal weight, it is imperative that you get a good sleep every night.  It is just as important as having a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. 

So, does more sleep mean more weight loss? Well, there must be a balance. A study from Northwestern Medicine found that people who slept longer actually ate as much as 248 more calories at dinner and in the evening.  The study also reported that these people tended to eat only half as many fruits and vegetables as they should.  That many calories may lead up to two pounds of weight gain per month if exercise is not part of your daily diet.

A healthy lifestyle is about balancing good nutrition, good mental health practices and healthy, safe exercise.    If you are unable to get a good night’s sleep, speak to your doctor to find out what may be the reason for your poor sleep. 

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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:

What treatments are available to treat obesity?

As most people know, a healthy exercise routine, behavior/habit changes and a healthy diet can help you lose weight. However, there are some people who are overweight or obese and may lose weight, but have trouble keeping weight off.  Doctors may prescribe certain prescription medications such as Xenical® (orlistat) to help reduce this weight regain after prior weight loss.

How does prescription Xenical® help with weight management?

Xenical® helps patients maintain weight loss (i.e. not gain it back).   Keeping the weight off helps reduce the health risks associated with obesity.   Xenical® blocks certain enzymes that break down fat in the diet, which then causes up to 30% of the undigested fat to simply pass through the digestive system and out of the body.

It is important to note that Xenical® does not block calories from being digested, so a proper healthy lower-calorie diet must still be maintained to see weight loss results.

How do you take Xenical® for weight management?

Xenical® comes in a 120 mg capsule.

This medication must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is usually taken three times daily, during a meal that may have fat in the foods, or up to an hour after a meal.

Taking more Xenical® does not give you greater results.  Never increase or decrease this medication without speaking to your doctor.

Xenical® may interfere with the absorption of certain fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, so taking a multivitamin is recommended, and should be taken either two hours before or after taking Xenical®.

If you take levothyroxine for hypothyroidism, be sure to take it either four hours before or after taking Xenical®.

What are the side effects of Xenical®?

One of the side effects of Xenical® is nausea, so it is important that your daily diet not contain more than 30% of calories from fat.  Meals need to be a healthy balance of fat, carbohydrate and protein.

The most common side effect is a change in bowel movements due to the unabsorbed fat being sent through the digestive system.  Some of these changes may include:

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

Speak to your pharmacist about all possible side effects.

How fast does Xenical® work?

Most patients will start to see weight loss within 2 weeks of starting prescription Xenical®.

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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 to severe (and frequently disabling) symptoms.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health , schizophrenia is one of the top 15 leading causes of disability in the world.  It is also, unfortunately, a condition that is ultimately expensive to treat because not only are the costs of medications high in the United States, but there is also the loss of productivity, the need for social services and support care, and other indirect costs.

Facts about schizophrenia from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Antipsychotic medications are often used in the treatment for schizophrenia. Trifluoperazine is a generic medication containing the active ingredient trifluoperazine hydrochloride. It belongs to a class of drugs known as phenothiazine antipsychotics.  This medication works by balancing certain substances within the brain, helping the patient feel more at ease with less anxiety, nervousness and/or aggression.

What medical conditions does Trifluoperazine treat?

Trifluoperazine is used to treat several conditions including:

How is Trifluoperazine prescribed?

The dosage of this prescription medication depends on the doctor’s assessment of the patient’s medical condition, age, and response to this and other medications like it.   The medication is usually prescribed at a lower dose to begin with and then, based on how the patient responds to treatment, the dosage may be increased gradually.

This medication must be taken exactly as prescribed.   It may take up to three weeks before the patient will feel the full benefits of Trifluoperazine.    

Do not stop taking this medication without consulting with your doctor.

Generic Trifluoperazine is available in the following strengths:

Trifluoperazine – 1 mg tablets

Trifluoperazine – 2 mg tablets

Trifluoperazine – 5 mg tablets

Trifluoperazine – 10 mg tablets

Trifluoperazine – 20 mg tablets

What are the side effects of Trifluoperazine?

Common side effects of Trifluoperazine include:

Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:

This is not a complete list of side effects.  Consult with your pharmacist about the complete list of side effects and what to do should you experience any side effects.

Getting the support you need.

The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) mission is the following: “Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America improve lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Our vision is that every person living with a schizophrenia-related brain disorder receives respect, appropriate treatment and an opportunity to live a meaningful and satisfying life in a compassionate community free of discrimination.”

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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 medical condition or already know your cholesterol is high or borderline-high, you should have your cholesterol checked more often.

A simple blood test called a lipid profile is ordered by your doctor.  You may need to fast for up to 12 hours before the test.  Your lipid profile shows four measured results:

Total cholesterol – This is the total measurement of all the cholesterol in your blood.

LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) – This is the cholesterol that raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. If you have too much LDL cholesterol in your body it will build up in your arteries. This is known as “plaque”.  The more this plaque builds up, the narrower your blood vessels become, restricting the blood flow to your organs.  If enough plaque builds up, it can block the blood flow to your heart causing a heart attack.

HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) – This cholesterol actually absorbs bad cholesterol and takes it back to the liver, which then breaks it down and removes it from your body.  Higher HDL levels protect you from heart disease and stroke.

Triglycerides – fat in your blood stream that may put you at risk for stroke and heart attack.

How do I read my results?


Age may play a factor in elevated LDL levels, as cholesterol levels do seem to increase as we get older.  Other factors may play an important role and may lead to high LDL levels, including:What causes high LDL cholesterol levels?

What can I do to help reduce my LDL cholesterol levels?

It is important to know that you have the capability to make healthy changes and healthy choices every day to protect yourself from heart disease, heart attack and stroke.  Some tips for helping reduce LDL cholesterol include:

Statin medications may help reduce your cholesterol levels

Rosuvastatin is a statin drug that helps lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol in your body, thereby decreasing your risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.  It is the generic equivalent of the brand-name Crestor®. It blocks certain enzymes in the liver which makes the liver produce less cholesterol, and it also increases the ability of the liver to break down the cholesterol that is in the blood stream.

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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 is the difference between GERD and Heartburn?

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, the most common digestive complaint in the United States is heartburn. Many people have had the occasional symptoms of heartburn, which has nothing to do with your heart. It is simply a symptom of acid reflux.   When acid reflux occurs on a regular basis, the patient more than likely has gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Symptoms of acid reflux include:

How is GERD treated?

GERD can often be treated by simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding foods that create symptoms, and, also with medication.

Dexilant® is a common medication used for the treatment of GERD. The active ingredient in Dexilant® is dexlansoprazole.  It is also prescribed to treat heartburn associated with GERD and , to maintain healing of erosive esophagitis. Dexilant® is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that works by reducing acid produced in the stomach. It may provide up to 24 hours of relief from heartburn due to GERD.  It may also provide relief from other stomach and esophagus symptoms such as persistent cough or trouble swallowing.

Dexilant® contains dexlansoprazole in a mixture of two types of enteric-coated granules. Thus, it releases the medication in two ways –it delivers the first release  of medication within the first hour of taking the capsule, and then it releases a second round of medication into your system 4 to 5 hours later.  By taking Dexilant®, acid damage in the esophagus and stomach may heal faster and certain types of cancers of the esophagus and ulcers may be prevented.

How do I take Dexilant®?

Delixant® is taken once daily. It can be taken with or without food. This medication is available in two doses:

Brand-name Dexilant® – 30 mg capsules

Brand-name Dexilant® – 60 mg capsules

Delixant® should not be chewed or crushed but needs to be swallowed whole for effectiveness.   Those who have trouble swallowing pills may open the capsule and mix the granules into a tablespoon of food, such as applesauce and eat it immediately.  Do not chew the granules.

Talk to your doctor if you take antacids or other medications.

What are the side effects of Dexilant®?

The most common side effects are stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

Serious side effects to be aware of include symptoms of low magnesium such as muscle spasms, seizures, unusually fast or irregular heartbeat, or signs of lupus (joint pain, rash on nose and cheeks).

Vitamin B-12 deficiencies have been known to occur on a rare occasion, but if you take Dexilant® for more than 3 years the risk increases.  Read more about Vitamin B-12 deficiency symptoms and treatment.

Always speak to your doctor and pharmacist about all the side effects to be aware of.

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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 Association  says that 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Controlling blood glucose levels is important  to prevent long term health conditions such as neuropathy, blindness, kidney damage, poor healing, amputation, heart attack and stroke.

What is Tradjenta® and how does it control blood glucose levels?

Tradjenta® is often used alone by patients who cannot use metformin, and for whom diet, and exercise are not enough to control their type 2 diabetes.   

Tradjenta® is also used in combination therapy with other medications for type 2 diabetes such as metformin, a sulfonylurea or empagliflozin.

Tradjenta® is not indicated for use in combination with insulin due to a possible risk of cardiovascular adverse effects.

Note:  This medication is called Trajenta® in Canada and Tradjenta® in the United States.

They are identical medications.

Tradjenta® is available in pill form and contains the active ingredient linagliptin.

Brand-name Tradjenta® – 5 mg tablets

How does Tradjenta® work?

Prescription Tradjenta® comes in a pill form and is taken once a day.  Linagliptin, the active ingredient in Tradjenta®, is a dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DDP-4) inhibitor, which stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin when blood sugars are high.  It does this by boosting the production of  a group of hormones called incretins.  Incretin hormones help reduce the amount of glucose by increasing insulin release from the pancreas and decreasing the hormone glucagon.  Linagliptin does not work when blood glucose levels are already low.

How do I take Tradjenta®?

Your prescription for Tradjenta® depends on your doctor’s assessment of your medical condition, how you respond to medications, and other medications you may be taking.

Tradjenta® must be taken on a regular basis and should be combined with a healthy living regime, including smart eating and regular physical exercise in order to get the most benefit.

Because this is a medication that affects blood glucose levels, you should monitor your blood glucose levels regularly and report to your doctor if you have any unusual patterns such as too low or too high.

What are the side effects of Tradjenta®?

Many patients using prescription Tradjenta® have little to no side effects.    While by itself linagliptin does not usually cause low blood sugar (also known as hypoglycemia), when combined with other medications there may be a risk of low blood sugar readings.  Speak with your doctor and pharmacist about other side effects that you may experience while taking this medication.

Tell your doctor if you have a history of pancreatitis, gallstones or heart failure.


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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 a new definition of epilepsy which states:

“Seizures and epilepsy are not the same. An epileptic seizure is a transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. Epilepsy is a disease characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures and by the neurobiological, cognitive, psychological, and social consequences of this condition. Translation: a seizure is an event and epilepsy is the disease involving recurrent unprovoked seizures.”   (Source )

There are different medications used for seizures, including carbamazepine.

Carbamazepine is a medication used to treat certain types of seizures (epilepsy).  It is also prescribed for the treatment of:

How does carbamazepine work?

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant that works by restoring the normal balance of electrical nerve activity in the brain.

How do I take carbamazepine?

This medication is prescribed by your doctor based on your medical needs and how you respond to treatment, as well as your medical history and other medications you may be taking.

Carbamazepine is usually started at a low dose which is then gradually increased until you see the benefits your doctor would like for you to see.  It is important not to increase or decrease your dose without your doctor’s guidance.  Do not stop taking carbamazepine without speaking to your doctor.

Be sure to take this medication regularly and at the same time each day.

Carbamazepine is a generic medication. It is the active ingredient in the brand-name product Tegretol®.

Brand name Tegretol® – 200 mg tablets

Generic carbamazepine – 200 mg tablets

Available in different strengths and formulations including:

What are the side effects of carbamazepine?

Speak to your pharmacist about other possible side effects you may experience when taking carbamazepine.  Common side effects that may occur include:

Serious side effects to talk to your doctor about immediately include:

Speak to your pharmacist about other side effects associated with carbamazepine.

What other medications may interfere with carbamazepine?

Always be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications.  Certain monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), when taken with carbamazepine,  may cause a serious or fatal drug interaction.  Examples of MAOIs include, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, and moclobemide,.   Speak to your doctor about what to do and how and when to stop/start this medication if you are taking MAOIs. This medication may also reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any medications that may cause drowsiness such as antihistamines, or medications for anxiety and/or sleep such as diazepam, zolpidem or alprazolam, as well as any narcotic medications, such as hydrocodone or codeine.

Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking carbamazepine.

NOTE: This is not a complete list of medications that may interfere with carbamazepine. Speak to your doctor about what other medications and supplements to avoid.

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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 and sometimes painful breakouts. Fortunately, there are treatments available. In this article we will be discussing one of the more effective topical medications used to treat acne.

Tretinoin is a prescription medicated cream or gel used to treat acne.  It belongs to a class of medications called retinoids and works by promoting fast healing of pimples that are already present and by reducing the number and severity of pimples that are forming.

How do I use Tretinoin to treat acne?

It is recommended that you gently wash the area of your skin where the medication will be applied. Read the instructions as to how long you should wait after washing your face before applying the medication.  A small amount of the cream or gel is applied to the affected skin as directed by your doctor.  The application is usually applied  at bed time.

This medicated cream or gel must be used regularly to see benefits.  It may take 8-12 weeks to see noticeable improvements from this medication.  During the first few weeks of use, your acne may seem to get worse as the medication works not only on the surface pimples but the pimples that are still forming under the skin. 

Tretinoin is a generic product with the active ingredient tretinoin.

Generic Tretinoin Gel – 0.01% – 25 g

Generic Tretinoin Gel – 0.025% – 25 g

Generic Tretinoin Gel – 0.05% – 25 g

Generic Tretinoin Cream CMPD – 0.1% – Note: This product is professionally compounded. Contact us for more information.

Tretinoin is available under the following brand names which all contain the active ingredient tretinoin.

  1. Retin-A® Cream
  2. Retin-A Micro®
  3. Stieva-A® Cream

What conditions does Tretinoin treat?

Tretinoin can be used for several conditions including:

What are the side effects of Tretinoin?

Many patients using this medicated cream or gel do not have serious side effects. Speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what side effects that you may experience.  Some common side effects that you may experience during the first few weeks of using this medication include skin dryness, itching, scaling, or redness, and possible worsening of existing acne.

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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 drug is released in the intestine and not the blood stream, which results in fewer side effects than corticosteroids such as prednisone.

How do I take Entocort® EC?

Entocort® EC is available as a firm gelatin capsule filled with enteric-coated granules that  contain the medication.  This coating allows the medication to pass through the stomach and into the digestive system to the second part of the small intestine or the beginning of the large intestine, where the inflammation usually occurs. It is taken with or without food according to your doctor’s prescription. It is usually taken once a day in the morning with a full glass of water.  This capsule should never be chewed or crushed.    Extended release pills should not be split unless your doctor or pharmacist gives you precise instructions to do so.

Prescription Entocort® EC – 3 mg capsules

Prescription Entocort® Enema – 0.02 mg/mL

Entocort® is also available as an enema, which also helps reduce inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis involving the sigmoid, rectum and descending colon.  The enema consists of two parts: an applicator bottle of solution and a dispersible tablet which contains micronized budesonide.

Note: Do not drink grapefruit juice with this medication as it may interfere with its effectiveness by increasing the amount of medication in your body.

Do not stop taking this medication without guidance from your doctor, as stopping immediately may make the condition worse and may increase withdrawal symptoms.

What are the common side effects of Entocort® EC?

Some common side effects of this medication include:

Who should not take Entocort® EC?

Always tell your doctor if you have or had any of these conditions before taking Entocort® EC:

Also tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications.

Do not use the Entocort® enema if you have complications such as bowel obstructions, bowel perforation, abscesses or fistulae.  You also should not use this medication if you have any viral infections, bacterial infections or fungal infections until speaking with your doctor.

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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 take Dilantin®?

Dilantin® comes as a capsule and must be taken exactly as prescribed.  It is often prescribed as a once a day medication though your doctor may prescribe it in two or more divided doses.  Your prescribed dose will depend on your doctor’s diagnosis of your medical condition(s), your reaction to the medication, other medications you may be taking, and other criteria set by your doctor.

Dilantin Infatabs® are tablets that may be chewed before swallowing, or may be swallowed as the whole tablet. It is usually prescribed to be taken 2-3 times per day.

Brand name Dilantin® – 30 mg capsule

Brand name Dilantin® – 100 mg capsule

Brand name Dilantin Infatabs® – 50 mg tablet

Generic Phenytoin – 100 mg capsule

This medication should be taken at the same time each day to ensure there is a constant steady level of this medication in your body.

Do not take calcium supplements or antacids at the same time as this medication as it my decrease the absorption of the Dilantin®.

Do not stop taking this medication without your doctor’s guidance, as stopping Dilantin® suddenly may create unpleasant side effects and possibly make seizures worse.    

What conditions does Dilantin® treat?

Dilantin® may be used for several medical conditions including:

What are the side effects of Dilantin®?

Like many medications, prescription Dilantin® may have some side effects.  Some common side effects experienced by people who take Dilantin® include:

Speak to your pharmacist about what other possible side  effects may be experienced when you take prescription Dilantin®.  Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including anti-seizure medications (ethotoin, phenobarbital, ethosuximide, carbamazepine, trimethadione)

Note: Speak to your pharmacist about possible adverse reactions and serious side effects to be aware of.

If you have any of the following medical conditions or a history of these medical conditions, tell your doctor before taking Dilantin®:

What is a Seizure?

The Epilepsy Foundation has a very good video to explain what a seizure is. We encourage you to watch this video and visit their website at www.epilepsy.com to learn more about epilepsy and to learn seizure first aid.

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Eliquis® is a prescription medication containing the active ingredient apixaban.  It is most commonly prescribed for people who have the following:

Eliquis® is an anticoagulant and clotting factor Xa inhibitor.  It is prescribed to treat and prevent blood clots and to prevent strokes in people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

How is Eliquis® taken?

It is very important to follow all doctors’ directions and comply with all follow up appointments for blood tests when taking prescription Eliquis®.   The dosage and timing of this medication depends on your medical history, why you are being prescribed this medication, your age, weight, kidney function and your overall response to the medication.

If you are taking prescription Eliquis® following surgery to help prevent the formation of blood clots, your doctor will indicate how long you will need to continue with your prescription.

You should never stop taking Eliquis® without your doctor’s directions, and you should never increase or decrease your dosage on your own.  Speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what to do if you miss a dose.

Note: Be sure to order any refills of this medication well in advance of running out of pills, as you must be consistent with this medication.

Prescription Eliquis® comes in two strengths:

2.5 mg tablets

5 mg tablets

This medication is usually taken every 12 hours with or without food as directed by your physician.

What are the side effects of Eliquis®?

Like many anticoagulants, there are some potential side effects to be aware of.  Be sure to speak to your pharmacist about expected side effects and when to seek medical attention.

Some common side effects include:

Note:  This medication may lead to serious bleeding, so immediately contact your physician or seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Be sure to speak to your pharmacist and physician about any other medications you may be taking, including vitamin or herbal supplements, to avoid any negative interactions or interference by other medications.

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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® and Lexapro

Lexapro™ is an antidepressant in the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). 

What conditions is Lexapro®(escitalopram) used to treat?

Escitalopram has also been used to treat mild dementia associated agitation in non-psychotic patients.

FACT
Facts from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America : General anxiety disorders (GAD) affect 6.8 million adults in the U.S., which is 3.1% of the population. 2.2 million adults in the U.S. have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for Americans aged 15-44, and affects over 16.1 million American adults.

How does Lexapro™ work?

Prescription Lexapro™ works by boosting the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that, when increased, can lead to improvement of mood. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression. Serotonin also helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles as well as helps to maintain an even mood balance. It takes approximately 2-4 weeks for this medication to work.

How is Lexapro™ used?

Your doctor will prescribe the dosage you need according to your unique medical conditions, other medications you are taking, how you react to this medication, as well as according to your body weight and age.   

Brand-name Cipralex™ – 5 mg tablets

Brand-name Cipralex™ – 10 mg tablets

Brand-name Cipralex™ – 20 mg tablets

Brand-name Lexapro™ – 5 mg tablets

Brand-name Lexapro™ – 10 mg tablets

Brand-name Lexapro™ – 20 mg tablets

Generic escitalopram – 5 mg tablets

Generic escitalopram  10 mg tablets

Generic escitalopram – 20 mg tablets

Note:  The active ingredient in all  three of these medications is escitalopram oxalate.

Lexapro™ is usually taken with or without food once per day, in the morning or evening. Doctors will usually start patients off at a 10 mg per day dose, and gradually increase the dose to a maximum of 20 mg if needed.     Do not change the way you are prescribed this medication based on information on this page.  Always speak to your doctor and pharmacist if you have questions about your particular prescription or about the instructions for use of your medication.

Do not dispose of this medication in the toilet, down the sink or in the garbage.  If your medication has expired, ask your pharmacist for instructions on how to best dispose of your medication.

What are the side effects of Lexapro™?

Some side effects for this medication can vary in severity depending on the patient taking the medication.  Not everyone will feel the same side effects, and many side effects may actually go away after a short period of time and/or can be managed.  Side effects of escitalopram include:

Speak to your doctor about any of these listed side effects.

If you experience any of the following side effects, speak to your doctor:

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Talk to your Doctor! Considering the use of this medication, it is important to know all the facts.  Speak openly with your doctor and pharmacist about what other medications you are on and any medical conditions you might have before taking escitalopram.

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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 statistics from the Parkinson’s Foundation:

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

With Parkinson’s disease, symptoms develop over the course of several years, and the time frame and presentation of these symptoms varies from person to person.  Typical symptoms include:

There are also symptoms that are not related to physical movement and may include:

How does prescription Parsitan® work to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown and there is no cure. However, thankfully, there are several treatment options available.

Parsitan® is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  This medication helps reduce stiffness and tremors, improve muscle control,  as well as reduce involuntary movements (known as dyskinesia) that may occur as a result of taking other medications.    

Partisan® works by changing the chemical balance in the central nervous system. Parsitan® is available in a 50 mg tablet.  The active ingredient is ethopropazine.  Most patients are prescribed anywhere from 100 mg to 500 mg per day in divided doses.  Your personal prescription will depend on your diagnosis, body weight, other medical conditions, age, and how you respond to this medication.  Prescription Partisan® is usually started at a lower dose and then increased gradually until the benefits of the medication are seen and symptom relief occurs.

Brand name Parsitan® – 50 mg tablets

It is very important to speak to your doctor and/or pharmacist about how you should take this medication.   

Do not take this medication if you:

Be sure to inform your doctor about any medical conditions you may have or any other prescription or nonprescription medications you might be taking before starting prescription Parsitan®.

Speak to your doctor about taking this medication if you:

What are the side effects of Parsitan®?

Like many medications, prescription Parsitan® may have some side effects.    Always speak to your pharmacist about  the potential side effects that may occur while taking prescription Parsitan®.

Living with Parkinson’s disease

Finding support while you or someone you care about manages life with Parkinson’s disease is important.   The Parkinson’s Foundation has a helpline available at (800) 473-4636 or helpline@parkinson.org.  You can also visit their website at www.parkinson.org.

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PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is the use of daily HIV medications to lower the risk of becoming  infected with HIV.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , PrEP used consistently  may reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV from sex by over 90% and for intravenous drug users, the risk is reduced by over 70%.  PrEP may also help prevent someone who is HIV-negative getting HIV from his/her partner who is HIV-positive.

Combining PrEP with condoms helps increase protection even more.

Medications for PrEp

There are two medications, when used as a combination, that are approved for daily use as PrEP.  Tenofovir and emtricitabine are combined into one prescription medication, Truvada®.  Truvada® is the brand name of the generic medicine emtricitabine/tenofovir.  This fixed-dose medication is a combination of two antiretroviral medications called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine and is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. 

Brand-name Truvada is available in the following strength and amounts:

Truvada® 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

Emtricitabine/tenofovir is available in the following strength and amounts:

Emtricitabine/tenofovir – 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

Consumers are encouraged to realize that both the generic and the brand name products contain the exact same active ingredients. However, the generic medication is much cheaper.

PrEP does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

It is important to note that PrEP does not protect you from STDs, such as chlamydia, genital herpes, HPV or syphilis.

PrEP also does not prevent pregnancy or cure HIV/AIDS.

Can you start PrEP after being exposed to HIV?

PrEP is only for pre-exposure to HIV. It is Important to know that HIV-1 tests may come back as negative in those who have recently been exposed to the HIV-1 virus.  If you become ill with flu-like symptoms within the last 30 days before starting PrEP, you must tell your doctor.

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is an option  if you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72hours.  PEP is taking antiretroviral medications after possible exposure to HIV to prevent infection.  PEP is taken every day, once or twice per day, for a 28 day period.  Speak to your doctor about PEP and what it may mean to you.

Learn more about PrEP by watching this video from the Centers for Disease Control.

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Is brand-name Truvada® more effective than generic emtricitabine/tenofovir?

If you are like millions of people living with a partner who has HIV or if you are currently HIV-negative and wondering if prevention of HIV through PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), is a way to prevent HIV infection, you’re not alone.   Also, if you are wondering if there is a more affordable way to get this prescription medication, you’re definitely not alone.  Brand name medication often costs far more than generic medication.   Fortunately, PrEP medication does come in a generic form.

There are two medications, when used as a combination,  that are approved for daily use as PrEP.  Tenofovir and emtricitabine are combined into one prescription medication, Truvada®.  Truvada® is the brand name of the generic medicine emtricitabine/tenofovir.  This fixed-dose medication is a combination of two antiretroviral medications called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine and is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. 

According to research presented to the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow), tested generic PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) was shown to carry the same amounts of emtricitabine and tenofovir as the brand name medication, Truvada®. (Source: Aidsmap.com)  

Generic drugs, by law, must be identical in active ingredients to the brand-name drug which was approved by the FDA. The dosage must be equivalent, as well as the listed side effects, usage, safety warnings and strength. 

The FDA states: “When a generic drug product is approved, it has met rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency.”

The other difference between prescription brand-name medications and generic medications is the cost. According to the Association for Accessible Medicines, generic medications have saved Americans over $1.67 trillion over the last decade.

Brand-name Truvada® is available in the following strength and amounts:

Truvada® 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

Emtricitabine/tenofovir is available in the following strength and amounts:

Emtricitabine/tenofovir – 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

Consumers are encouraged to realize that both the generic and the brand name products contain the exact same active ingredients.  However, the generic medication is much cheaper.

How does generic emtricitabine/tenofovir work?

Emtricitabine and tenofovir are in a class of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), which work to reduce the amount of HIV enzymes called reverse transcriptase. In doing so, the HIV is less likely to multiply and the amount of HIV in the body is reduced.

For those who want to take emtricitabine/tenofovir to prevent HIV/AIDS, it is to be used along with safe sex practices and it must be taken daily.

How effective is PrEP?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at risk by up to 92%.”   

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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® is the brand name of the generic medicine emtricitabine/tenofovir.  This fixed-dose medication is a combination of two antiretroviral medications called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine and is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. 

How effective is PrEP?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at risk by up to 92%.”   

How does emtricitabine/tenofovir work?

Emtricitabine and tenofovir are in a class of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), which work to reduce the amount of HIV enzymes called reverse transcriptase. In doing so, the HIV is less likely to multiply and the amount of HIV in the body is reduced.

For those who want to take emtricitabine/tenofovir to prevent HIV/AIDS, it is to be used along with safe sex practices and it must be taken daily.

Is generic emtricitabine/tenofovir as effective as brand-name Truvada®?

According to research presented to the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow), tested generic PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) was shown to have the same amounts of emtricitabine and tenofovir as the brand name medication, Truvada®. (Source: Aidsmap.com)

How is Truvada® and emtricitabine/tenofovir prescribed?

Brand-name Truvada® is available in the following strength and amounts:

Truvada® 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

One tablet is taken once a day, every day.

Emtricitabine/tenofovir is available in the following strength and amounts:

Emtricitabine/tenofovir – 200 mg/300 mg – 30 tablets, 60 tablets, or 90 tablets.

One tablet is taken once a day, every day.

Note: The generic medication is far more affordable than brand-name Truvada®.

Who is emtricitabine/tenofovir for?

Learn more about PrEP – an HIV prevention option, by watching this video.

What does emtricitabine/tenofovir NOT do?

It is important to know your HIV-1 status before taking emtricitabine/tenofovir. 

It is Important to know that HIV-1 tests may come back as negative in those who have recently been exposed to the HIV-1 virus.  If you become ill with flu-like symptoms within the last 30 days before starting ET, you must tell your doctor.

If your blood tests confirm that you are HIV-1 positive, you will need to take other prescription medications, along with ET, to treat the HIV-1 infection. PrEP alone will not be a complete treatment for HIV-1.

What are the side effects of emtricitabine/tenofovir?

As with many prescription medications, there are side effects to be aware of. Speak to your doctor and pharmacist if you experience any of the following side effects:

It is not uncommon for patients to experience stomach pain, weight loss and headache. However, it is important to tell your doctor if these symptoms are bothersome or do not go away.

Be sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.  Also, tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking and any other health concerns you might have.

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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 in patients who have  Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). It is also used to treat and prevent  Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Pradaxa® is available under the generic name dabigatran.

For patients with DVT or PE, Pradaxa® is prescribed to treat blood clots in the veins in your lungs (PE) or legs (DVT) and help reduce the chance of developing further clots.

For patients with AFib, Pradaxa® helps reduce the chance of blood clots forming and helps reduce your risk of stroke.

Blood thinners don’t actually thin your blood.  There are two types of blood thinners.

How does Pradaxa® work?

Pradaxa ® is an anticoagulant which blocks thrombin, a clotting protein.   When the protein is blocked, blood clots are prevented, which helps reduce your risk of stroke. As well, it will treat and prevent blood clots in the veins in your lungs (PE) or legs (DVT).

Who should take Pradaxa®?

Your doctor will prescribe Pradaxa® based on your health, risks, other medications you may be taking and how well you respond to this medication.

How do I take Pradaxa®?

The active ingredient in Pradaxa® is dabigatran etexilate mesylate.  It is available in three strengths.

Brand-name Pradaxa® – 75 mg

Brand-name Pradaxa® – 110 mg

Brand-name Pradaxa®  – 150 mg

Take your prescription Pradaxa® exactly as prescribed. It is important to work with your doctor to have periodic blood tests to check kidney function.  Do not stop this medication on your own and do not increase or decrease the dose without medical guidance.

If you are scheduled for surgery, you may need to stop this medication a day or two before surgery, including dental surgery.  Speak to your doctor for guidance on how to do this safely.

What are the side effects of Pradaxa®?

Common side effects of Pradaxa® include indigestion, upset stomach and stomach pain.  It is a good idea to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these minor side effects don’t improve.

Pradaxa® is an anticoagulant and therefore you may be at risk for bleeding.  Your risk for bleeding while on this medication is higher if:

Talk to your pharmacist for a complete list of other considerations you must be aware of before taking Pradaxa®.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these negative side effects:

How do I know if I am at risk for stroke?

There are definitely several risk factors and lifestyle factors that may put you at higher risk for stroke, including:

Speak to your doctor about your particular health risks and what you can do to lessen your chance of stroke.

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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 inner lining of the rectum and large intestine (colon).  Causing painful inflammation and sores/ulcers, it usually starts low at the rectum, and extends up through to the colon.  Ulcerative colitis is considered a chronic disease, where symptoms may be extreme for a period of time and at other times very mild, even completely absent.

What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is unfortunately quite uncomfortable for many people.  Symptoms may include:

The goal of medication is to help keep the patient’s symptoms in remission for as long as possible.

Pentasa® is in the class of drugs called aminosalicylates, which work to decrease swelling in the colon. The active ingredient in Pentasa® is mesalamine.

How is Pentasa® taken?

Prescription Pentasa®, in capsule or tablet form, is  usually taken orally four times per day, with meals. These pills must be swallowed whole.  If needed, the capsule can be opened, and the contents sprinkled onto applesauce and then taken immediately.

Pentasa® suppositories are also available and are intended for rectal use only.  The suppositories allow the active ingredient, mesalamine, to be released slowly and locally, to help reduce pain and inflammation.

Pentasa® is also available in an enema formulation. Some doctors will combine the oral medication with the enema treatment.

Pentasa® pills – 500 mg and 1000 mg

Pentasa® suppositories – 1 g suppositories

Pentasa® enema – 4 g/100 mL

This medication is prescribed according to your medical needs and your medical condition.  You should not increase or decrease your dose without instructions from your doctor.

What are the side effects of Pentasa®?

Common side effects of this medication include diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting.  Always tell your doctor if the side effects get worse or if you experience any other side effects.  Your pharmacist will be able to give you a list of common side effects, as well as potentially serious side effects, to be aware of.

What causes ulcerative colitis?

There is no known cause for ulcerative colitis. However, there may be certain factors that contribute to this disease, such as an overactive intestinal immune system or genetics.

Ulcerative colitis usually appears between the ages of 15 and 30, or after the age of 60.  It is also often found in people who have family members who have IBD.

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

When a patient presents with symptoms of ulcerative colitis, the doctor will perform a medical and family history, order lab tests (to check for anemia, infections, low albumin or protein) and stool tests  and will usually order endoscopies of the large intestine.  A physical examination will also be done, checking for abdominal swelling and pain.

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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 disease.   Fortunately there is medication that can help reduce cholesterol.

Crestor is the brand-name for the generic medication rosuvastatin.

What is “good” cholesterol and what is “bad” cholesterol?

Good cholesterol  = HDL = high-density lipoprotein.  This cholesterol actually absorbs bad cholesterol and takes it back to the liver, which then breaks it down and removes it from your body.  Higher HDL levels protect you from heart disease and stroke.

Bad cholesterol = LDL = low-density lipoprotein.  This is the cholesterol that raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. If you have too much LDL cholesterol in your body it will build up in your arteries. This is known as “plaque”.  The more it builds up the narrower your blood vessels are, restricting the blood flow to your organs.  If enough plaque builds up it can block the blood flow to your heart causing a heart attack.

How does rosuvastatin help reduce cholesterol?

Rosuvastatin is a statin drug that helps lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol in your body, thereby decreasing your risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.  It accomplishes this in two ways:  It blocks certain enzymes in the liver which make the liver produce cholesterol, and it also increases the ability of the liver to break down the cholesterol that is in the blood stream.

How do I take rosuvastatin?

Your doctor will prescribe the amount of rosuvastatin you need to take depending on your cholesterol levels, your age, any medical conditions you might have, and any other medications you may be taking.  Remember, if you are taking any prescription medications, non-prescription medications, supplements or vitamins, you do need to tell your doctor about them before you take rosuvastatin.

Brand-name Crestor is available in:  5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg pills.

Generic rosuvastatin is available in: 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg pills.

The active ingredient in both Crestor and rosuvastatin is rosuvastatin calcium.

Rosuvastatin may take 2-4 weeks before having an effect on your cholesterol levels, so it is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed, at the same time each day.

What conditions does rosuvastatin treat?

This medication is often used for the prevention of heart attack and to prevent stroke.  It also used to treat:

Are there any side effects from rosuvastatin?

Some people may notice an increase in blood sugar levels, so it is important to monitor your blood sugar while taking rosuvastatin.  Most common side effects include:

Talk to your healthcare provider immediately if you experience unexplained pain, dark urine, stomach or belly pain, extreme fatigue, or fever.

What else can I do to reduce my cholesterol?

A healthy low cholesterol and low-fat diet is the first step to reducing your cholesterol.  You may also want to lose weight, begin exercising and stop smoking if you are a smoker.

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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 your doctor and pharmacist about any over the counter medications you are taking, especially if you are already taking a prescription medication.  Certain over the counter medications may have adverse side effects, such as causing elevated blood pressure or blood sugar. 

Non-controlled prescription medications

Prescription medications that are classified as non-controlled include most medications you have probably heard of such as diabetes medications, blood pressure medications, high cholesterol medications, antibiotics, thyroid medications, heart medications, and asthma inhalers, to name a few.

Controlled prescription medications

Controlled prescription medications are medications that can create mental and physical addiction or dependency.  There are strict regulations on how they can be filled and how many refills are allowed.  The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) sets the rules, regulations, and classifications for these medications.

Examples of controlled prescription medications include sleeping pills, tranquilizers and opioids.  These medications are sometimes abused and become both physically and psychologically addictive. One group of controlled prescription medications are the   benzodiazepines, which include medications such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan).   Many ADHD medications, such as, Adderall are also considered controlled medications.

Controlled prescription medications are broken down into four Schedules.

Schedule 1 Drugs.  These are drugs that have no medical use, have a high probability of abuse, cannot be purchased with a prescription, and are illegal.  An example would be cocaine or heroin.

Schedule 2 Drugs.  These are drugs that have a high possibility of abuse and have very special restrictions on filling and refilling.  The prescription must be signed in person by your doctor, no refills are allowed, and there are usually restrictions on the amount of pills you can get at any time, depending on the state you live in.  Vicoden and Adderall are examples of Schedule 2 drugs.

Schedule 3 Drugs. These are drugs that, while they may have a lower potential for abuse, still carry a potential for some physical and psychological dependence.  There are restrictions on the number of times you can have this prescription refilled, usually only up to five times within a six month period.  An example of a Schedule 3 Drug is Tylenol with codeine.

Schedule 4 Drugs.  These are drugs that have a low potential for addiction or abuse, but still have a restriction on the number of refills you are allowed, usually up to five times within a six month period.  At the end of this prescription period the patient must obtain a new prescription.  Examples of Schedule 4 drugs include Xanax and Klonopin.

Schedule 5 Drugs.  These drugs do not have special restrictions and have a very low potential for abuse.  These usually contain a very limited amount of any narcotic.  As for refills, there are no special restrictions.  Examples of Schedule 5 drugs include cough medicines with codeine.

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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:

How to take Prednisone

Prednisone must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.  If you do not understand how to or when to take your prescription Prednisone, speak to your pharmacist to get clarification of any instructions you have been given.  The length of time you are to take this medication and the particular dose depends on your individual condition. Prednisone is usually taken with food or milk, as it may cause an upset stomach, but speak to your doctor about how to take your dose.

Prednisone pills

Prednisone pills are available in the following strengths:

Prednisone 1 mg tablet

Prednisone 5 mg tablet

Prednisone 50mg tablet

Prednisone liquid

The liquid form of Prednisone should be carefully measured using the dose measuring spoon or device that comes with your prescription.  It is important not to guess or to use a household teaspoon from your kitchen.

Other tips to remember when taking prescription Prednisone:

A warning about stopping Prednisone

It is important not to stop taking your prescription Prednisone without your doctor’s advice, as stopping this medication suddenly may result in serious side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, headache, weakness and nausea.   Usually, your dose must be reduced gradually over time, rather than stopped suddenly.

Side effects of Prednisone

There are a few possible side effects from Prednisone.  Speak to your pharmacist if any of the following symptoms become severe.

How Prednisone affects other health conditions

People with diabetes  should take caution while taking Prednisone, as it may cause higher blood sugar.  Also, because Prednisone suppresses the immune system, it  may cause  a higher risk of infection from cuts or scrapes. If you have diabetes, discuss your Prednisone use with your doctor and pharmacist and make sure you are monitoring your blood sugar on a regular basis.

Speak to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

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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 hepatitis C through contact with blood or fluids that contain HCV.

What is the difference between acute Hepatitis C and chronic Hepatitis C?

Acute Hepatitis C – For those with acute hepatitis C, the body has contracted the virus, but their immune system was able to successfully fight the infection, clearing the HCV from the body within 6 months.  There is no liver damage.

Chronic Hepatitis C – If the patient’s immune system is not able to fight the HCV within 6 months, the liver becomes more and more inflamed and scarred.  Unfortunately, this means the patient will develop cirrhosis of the liver within 20 years. For some it may take longer.

Is there a cure for Hepatitis C?

While there is no vaccination available for hepatitis C, it can be treated with antiviral medications.  Most people with HCV, however, can be cured with medications, such as sofosbuvir.

Facts about hepatitis C from the World Health Organization:

What medications are available to treat Hepatitis C?

Prescription Generic Sofosbuvir

Sofosbuvir is the generic name for brand-name Sovaldi®.

Sofosbuvir is a new direct-acting antiviral medication.  As a nucleotide analogue HCV polymerase inhibitor, it works on blocking the polymerase enzymes needed by the hepatitis C virus to grow and reproduce.  Solvadi is used in combination with ribavirin (brand name Copegus® and Rebetol®), and with or without peginterferon alfa (brand name Pegasys®, PEG-Intron®.

Sofosbuvir must be used in combination with other medications in order to work effectively to treat hepatitis C.

How is Sofosbuvir prescribed?

Your doctor will monitor your health before and during the time you take this medication. It is prescribed according to your particular medical needs and how you respond to the treatment regime.

Even if you feel better quickly, it is important to continue to take your prescription sofosbuvir for the entire length of time it is prescribed, and to take it consistently.

Sofosbuvir and Sovaldi are available as tablets.  The main active ingredient in Sovaldi is sofosbuvir.

Brand-name Sovaldi – 400 mg tablets

What are the side effects Sofosbuvir?

Many people who take prescription sofosbuvir have little to no serious effects. Common side effects may include nausea, fatigue, itchy skin, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, and headache.

Serious side effects to be concerned about may include rapid heartbeat, pale skin, or rapid breathing.  If you experience any of these serious side effects or any sign of allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.

What other medications treat Hepatitis C?

Other medications that are used to treat hepatitis C include brand name Harvoni®

The active ingredients in Harvoni® are ledipasvir and sofosbuvir. It is available in tablet form.

Brand-name Harvoni® – 90 mg/400 mg tablets

Approved by the FDA in 2014, this pill is usually taken once a day for a 12 week period.  For some it may only need to be taken for 8 weeks, and for those with cirrhosis of the liver it may be prescribed for 24 weeks.  During treatment your doctor will monitor your progress with frequent blood tests.

How can I reduce my risk of contracting Hepatitis C?

To learn more about hepatitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Viral Hepatitis information page

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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 form of juvenile arthritis. It has six different subtypes:

Juvenile scleroderma

Scleroderma means “hard skin”.  With this form of JA, the patient’s skin becomes tight and hard.

Juvenile dermatomyositis

Juvenile dermatomyositis is an inflammatory disease causing a rash on the knuckles and eyelids, and overall muscle weakness.

Juvenile lupus

This disease is a form of lupus, an autoimmune disease affecting the skin, kidneys, blood, joints and other parts of the body.  The most common type is known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Kawasaki disease

With this condition, the blood-vessels become inflamed, causing potential heart problems.

Fibromyalgia

This condition is rarely diagnosed before puberty. It is considered an arthritis related condition causing stiffness, pain, fatigue, mental fog, inflammation and other symptoms.  Learn more about fibromyalgia.

Mixed connective tissue disease

This disease is associated with high levels of anti-RNP, an antinuclear antibody. The symptoms include those of arthritis, lupus dermatomyositis and scleroderma.

Methotrexate for treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

The most commonly prescribed medication for treating symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is Methotrexate.  This generic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) belongs to a class of drugs known as antimetabolites.  It works by suppressing the immune system, and helps reduce joint damage in those with rheumatoid arthritis.

The active ingredient in Methotrexate is methotrexate sodium.

Methotrexate is available in 2.5mg tablets.

Methotrexate is also available in a liquid solution and a  subcutaneous injection.

How is Methotrexate used?

Because Methotrexate is a very strong medication, it must be taken exactly according to your doctor’s orders.  Dosing and timing of doses depends on the patient’s individual needs and condition.

The pill form of Methotrexate is usually taken once a week and it may take up to a few months before the patient will notice the full benefits of this medication.

If you have been prescribed liquid Methotrexate, be sure to measure each dose only using the measuring device that comes with your prescription.

Increasing the dose or taking more than prescribed will not give you any added benefits or improve the medical condition being treated  any faster.

Always speak to your doctor and pharmacist about side effects, how to take Methotrexate, how to stop Methotrexate, and what to do if you miss a dose.

Prednisone for treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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.  To learn more about how Prednisone works, read our article How Prednisone Works to Reduce Inflammation.

What are the symptoms of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

Symptoms may vary from patient to patient, and while some symptoms may appear for a short period of time (i.e. a flare-up), other symptoms may be chronic (i.e. ongoing).  Symptoms may include:

How is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis diagnosed?

Most doctors will base a diagnosis on the symptoms that have occurred within a 6 week period or more. Diagnosis may be difficult, so several blood tests are usually ordered including:

Other tests such as x-rays, MRIs, bone scans and CT scans may also be ordered to help the doctor make a proper and complete diagnosis.

Lifestyle changes to help manage Juvenile Arthritis

Many children outgrow types of juvenile arthritis.  With a positive attitude and certain changes, many patients can manage and have more good days than uncomfortable days. 

Is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis an autoimmune disease?

JIA has long been thought of as a combination of autoimmune diseases. However, there is some belief that systemic JIA (sJIA) may be an autoinflammatory disease, according to an article “Is JIA Really an Autoimmune Disease?”To learn more about juvenile arthritis please check out KidsGetAthritisToo.org, created by the Arthritis Foundation.

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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 also used to treat juvenile arthritis in children over two years of age. How does celecoxib work?

Celecoxib works by blocking the enzymes in your body which produce prostaglandins.  The reduction of prostaglandin production reduces pain and swelling in the body.

How do you take celecoxib?

Generic celecoxib and brand-name Celebrex both comes in capsule form.

Generic celecoxib 100mg

Generic celecoxib 200mg

Brand-name Celebrex 100mg

Brand-name Celebrex 200mg

Celecoxib is usually taken once or twice per day with food to avoid stomach upset. It should also be taken with a full glass of water. 

It may take a couple of weeks before the full benefit of the medication is realized.  Do not increase this medication without your doctor’s advice.   Those taking this medication on an as-needed basis should take this medication at the first sign of discomfort or pain, as waiting until the pain is severe before taking the medication may not be as effective.

What are the side effects of celecoxib?

Common side effects may include:

Seek immediate medical attention and stop taking celecoxib if you experience any of the following symptoms:

This not a complete list of possible side effects.  If you notice other effects not listed above, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Because celecoxib is a powerful medication, it should be used under doctor’s care with regular testing.   Tell your doctor if you have a history of asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease or if you smoke and/or drink alcohol.

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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 person who has the virus or by eating or drinking contaminated food and/or water contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.  Poor sanitary conditions and bad hygiene are often the main risk factors for catching the virus.   The hepatitis A virus is so hearty, it can even survive modern food-production processes that are used to kill or control bacterial pathogens.

Is Hepatitis A Dangerous?

According to the World Health Organization  most people fully recover from hepatitis A.  Still, there are some who contract HAV and die from what is called fulminant hepatitis (acute liver failure).  Those infected may take weeks to return to a normal healthy lifestyle.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

When HAV is transmitted there is a 14-28 day incubation period before symptoms occur. Symptoms may  include:

Vaccinations and Prevention of Hepatitis A

The number one way to prevent the spread of hepatitis A is hygiene.  Clean and safe drinking water, proper disposal of trash, hand washing and a clean environment in which to live can help stop the spread of HAV.

There are several injectable inactivated hepatitis A vaccines available.  Virtually 100% of all people who get the vaccine will have protective levels of antibodies to the virus within 30 days of a vaccination.  The World Health Organization states that manufacturers of the vaccines will recommend two doses for long-term protection.

The most common prescription vaccine injections are Havrix and Vaqta.  Neither contains the live virus.  They work by stimulating the body to create antibodies that will fight and kill the virus. Speak to your doctor about these vaccinations.

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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 like liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

How is Hepatitis B Transmitted?

Hepatitis B is spread through several different methods, including perinatal transmission (mother to child) in areas where there is an epidemic.  It can also be passed on from infected child to uninfected child, because the virus can live outside of the body for 7 days.

Hepatitis B is also transmitted through seminal fluids, vaginal fluids and saliva.  It may be transmitted sexually from person to person and also through the reusing of needles and syringes, medical procedures, tattooing and other procedures where there may be some blood contamination.

What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis B?

Symptoms may vary from person to person, with some people not having any symptoms at all.  Those that develop acute hepatitis B may experience the following symptoms:

Chronic liver infection may develop and lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.

The World Health Organization states that less than 5% of healthy individuals who become infected by Hepatitis B will develop a chronic infection and 20-30% of those who become chronically infected will develop liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver.

The World Health Organization also states that approximately 1% of the 2.7 million people infected with HBV also have HIV.

How is Hepatitis B Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no direct treatment available for acute hepatitis B.  Chronic hepatitis B can my treated with certain medicines such as antiviral agents which can help slow the progress of the cirrhosis and help reduce the likelihood of developing liver cancer.  The two most common medications are tenofovir and entecavir.

How is Hepatitis B Prevented?

Prevention through vaccination is key.  It is recommended that all children receive a Hepatitis B vaccination within 24 hours of birth.  The hepatitis B vaccination will give people more than 90% protection.

To learn more about vaccinations against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, visit the US. Department of Health and Human Services vaccination information page

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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, poultry and dairy products.  Our body doesn’t actually store vitamin B12 very long, so it is important to make sure you are getting enough.   People who are vegans or who do not eat enough animal-based foods do risk becoming vitamin B12 deficient.

If you are not getting enough B12, as noted by your doctor by blood test results, you can correct this B12 deficiency in two ways:

Vitamin B12 pills

Vitamin B12 injections

As well, a   standard daily multivitamin containing B12 can be used to prevent or correct a mild B12 deficiency.

FACT
The Harvard Medical School states that according to the Institute of Medicine, it is recommended that individuals over the age of 50 get extra B12 from a supplement, due to the fact that as we age, we absorb fewer vitamins from our food.

How much Vitamin B12 do I need?

The amount of vitamin B12 you need depends on your age, your diet, medications you may be taking, and certain medical conditions you may have.  In general, the amounts recommended vary by age.

Can I get Vitamin B12 from food?

If you are eating a well-balanced diet which includes animal-based products such as eggs, meat, dairy, fish and poultry, you will probably get enough vitamin B12 daily.   Vegans and vegetarians who do not eat these foods or enough of these foods, as well as older individuals who do not eat a variety of foods, may develop a vitamin B12 deficiency.  Certain fortified foods such as some almond milk products and breakfast cereals contain vitamin B12 and should be included in vegan diets.

What is Vitamin B12 deficiency?

A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause damage to your nervous system and cause anemia, among other things. Your doctor can do a blood test to determine if you have a healthy vitamin B12 level.   Aside from not eating enough foods containing this vitamin, it’s important to note that there are certain factors that can make absorbing vitamin B12 more difficult, including:

There are also medications that interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12, such as some diabetes medications, such as, metformin, and medications that reduce acid production in your stomach, such as, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and H2 Receptor Blockers.  Speak to your pharmacist about how your medication may affect your vitamin B12 levels.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency

How do I Know I Need Vitamin B12 Supplementation?

Your doctor may decide that you need to take vitamin B12 supplements and/or have B12 injections.  Older patients are often told they should take daily vitamin B12 supplements.   The results are usually successful.    Always let your doctor know that you want to take vitamin B12 supplements so they can monitor your B12 levels and also make sure that they are aware you are taking it while on other medications.

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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 habit smokers, moving up from occasional smoking.

What is it about smoking that is so addictive?  The nicotine.   Dr. Neil Benowitz, a nicotine researcher at the University of California, San Francisco stated “From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin…but people don’t recognize that.

Dr. Benowitz also agrees that nicotine patches, nicotine gum and smoking-withdrawal medications are proven ways to increase the odds of successfully quitting smoking.

Nicorette® May Help You Stop Smoking

One of the most well-known over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products is Nicorette®.

Nicorette® QuickMist ®

Available in Fresh Mint, and Cool Berry this quick spray delivers a small amount of nicotine to your mouth. Following a scheduled dose, starting with 1 to 2 sprays every half hour for weeks 1 to 6, and gradually decreasing over 12 weeks, this product is meant to gradually help you reduce your dependency on nicotine, and eventually eliminate your cravings and urge to smoke.  Once you use the Starter Pack you can get refills.

Nicorette® Gum

Available in a variety of flavors, Nicorette ® gum is chewed whenever you feel the urge to smoke, again starting with several pieces per day, and gradually reducing the number of pieces over several weeks.  The gum releases nicotine which is absorbed by the lining of your mouth.

Nicorette gum comes in several flavors:

Fresh Mint

Ice Mint

Fruit Fusion

Original

Icy White

Ultra Fresh Mint

Nicorette® Lozenges

Just like the Nicorette® gum; any time you feel the urge to have a cigarette simply place a lozenge in your mouth and allow it to dissolve. Over time, you should need fewer and fewer lozenges to control your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Check out the Nicorette Cool Mint Lozenges.

Nicorette® Inhaler

This inhaler delivers a controlled dose of nicotine which is inhaled. Over the course of up to 24 weeks you will gradually reduce the number of cartridges you use to control your nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

To maximize your potential for successful quitting, Nicorette® should be used for the full 12 weeks or recommended period of time of the product.  The FDA does say that it is acceptable to use it longer than 12 weeks if necessary; however you should speak to your doctor if you feel you need to use Nicorette® products longer than recommended.

Why NOW is the Time to Quit Smoking

The American Cancer Society  says that half of all Americans who keep smoking will eventually die due to that very habit. In fact, more than 480,000 people in the United States die from an illness related to their tobacco use every year.  Do the math – that’s one out of every five deaths in the United States.

Smoking not only increases your risk for lung cancer, it also increases the risk of other cancers such as mouth cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, larynx cancer, esophagus cancer, kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemia – to name a few.  There is no safe use of tobacco products!  Whether it is in a pipe, cigarette, chew, or other form, the risk for cancer is still high.

As for lung damage, smoking will increase asthma and pneumonia symptoms. Long term exposure may also lead to COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Smoking also increases your blood pressure and is a major risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which can lead to heart disease, heart attack and strokes.

Smoking Risks for Women

Along with all the previously mentioned risks that come with smoking, women should know that smoking can put an unborn baby at risk! It is critical that women stop smoking before planning to become pregnant. Smokers have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancies, premature birth, miscarriages, stillbirths, and also have a higher risk of having babies born with birth defects.

Smoking Risks for Men

As mentioned previously, smoking can damage the arteries and this is also part of the system which enables men to have erections.  Erectile dysfunction is associated with smoking. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society at least one study has linked cigar smoking to sexual impotence in men, and smoking has been shown to reduce sperm count and increase the risk for miscarriages and birth defects.   To learn more about Erectile Dysfunction medications visit our article  It’s Time to Talk to Your Doctor About Erectile Dysfunction

How Can I Help Someone Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking is not easy, and it is also difficult to watch someone you care for struggle with their own cigarette addiction.  The makers of Nicorette® offer some tips to help you support someone you know who is trying to quit.

Want to try something else?  What about Nicoderm?

Nicoderm is a small clear smoking cessation aid.  The patch is placed on your arm and helps reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that are often a part of the process of quitting smoking.

To learn more about Nicoderm please read our article “ Can a Nicoderm Patch Help You Stop Smoking?

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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 gradually release a lower dose of nicotine so you can slowly wean yourself from the addiction to nicotine and break your smoking habit once and for all!

Nicoderm® is sometimes paired with Nicorette® supplements and Nicorette® QuickMist as well.   Learn more about Nicorette®.  Known as Combination Therapy, combining these two products may help increase your chances for success.

How does the Nicoderm® patch work?

In the morning you will apply a single Nicoderm® patch.   The Nicoderm® patch is available in three strengths and is used as part of a 3-Step program.

Nicoderm® – 21mg patch – STEP 1

Use the 21mg patch to deliver 21mg of nicotine daily to your body for weeks 1-6.

Nicoderm® – 14 mg patch – STEP 2

Use the 14mg patch to deliver 14mg of nicotine daily to your body for weeks 7-8.

Nicoderm® – 7 mg patch – STEP 3

Use the 7mg patch to deliver 7mg of nicotine daily to your body for weeks 9-10.

At the end of this program you should be free of all cravings for a cigarette!

FACT
FACT:  Did you know that smoking is a leading cause of heart attacks and heart disease?  After just 24hours of not smoking your risk for heart attack declines (Source:  Smokefree.gov) 

How Can I Help Someone Quit Smoking?

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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 Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend that all of your recommended vaccinations are up to date before you travel.  While it is simple to think that you’re already vaccinated against common infectious disease, you need to realize that a lot of infection diseases that exist are common in other part of the world but rare in the United States – and therefore you may not actually be vaccinated against them.

Timing your vaccinations

You should consult with your doctor about what vaccinations you might need at least six weeks before you intend to travel. This is because you may need a series of vaccinations depending on where you are going and it may take that long for your body to build up immunity.

This is also a good time to review your routine vaccinations with your doctor and make sure that you are up to date on any you and your family may need.

Check with this list of vaccine recommendations and requirements for your travel destination 

Don’t forget your measles vaccination!

There is a good chance you have heard about the number of measles cases in the United States over the last year.  The CDC states that most of the measles cases in the United States were brought into the country by unvaccinated travelers, and that 2 out of 3 of the unvaccinated travelers are Americans.  It’s estimated that about 110,000 people worldwide die every year from measles.

The CDC recommends that before any international travel everyone should be vaccinated against measles. For more information on CDC Travel Notices on Measles visit the CDC Measles page

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Prescription Glumetza for Better Type 2 Diabetes Blood Sugar Control

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 is an SNRI, which increases the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. Scientists believe this helps suppress the sensations of pain in the body.  The result is more relief from pain and improved moods.

Learn more about fibromyalgia in our article Understanding Fibromyalgia 

How is prescription duloxetine taken?

Duloxetine comes in a tablet form and is taken once a day.  Your doctor will recommend the proper dose and regime for you as needed.  Generally, duloxetine is taken in gradually increased doses over time, starting with 30 milligrams the first day for a week and then increasing gradually to a full dose of 60 milligrams per day.   Currently there is no evidence that taking more than 60 milligrams per day is of any added benefit to the patient.

Duloxetine is the generic name for the brand name prescription Cymbalta

What are the side effects of prescription duloxetine?

Many medications have side effects, so it is always a good idea to speak with your pharmacist about what to expect from your prescription medication.  Some of the common side effects of duloxetine include: diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, constipation, nausea and an increase in blood pressure.  Because blood pressure may increase while taking prescription duloxetine it is important to have your blood pressure monitored on a regular basis.

It is important not to stop taking or to reduce your dose of duloxetine without your doctor’s direction, as it may lead to uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal from duloxetine including:

Because duloxetine is an antidepressant, it may come with the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior. If you experience this unfortunate side effect it is important to speak to your pharmacist and doctor immediately.

Drug interactions with prescription duloxetine

Some medications should not be taken in combination with duloxetine and may lead to health risks. Speak to your pharmacist about any other prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking before taking duloxetine.

How should I store prescription duloxetine

Duloxetine capsules should be stored at room temperature between 59F to 86F. 

Where to find support

If you are looking for more information about fibromyalgia, the following organizations may be able to help you find what you need.

National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)  

Providing information, assistance, resources , education and support for over 20 years.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association 

Support groups, information, community, resources and more.

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Understanding Fibromyalgia

What is Prescription Milnacipran for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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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, there is belief that it is related to the processing of pain signals in the brain, which creates an extreme sensitivity to pain.

To learn more about fibromyalgia read Understanding Fibromyalgia.

How does milnacipran work?

As a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), milnacipran increases the level of neurotransmitters within the brain, which results in a reduction of widespread body fatigue and pain. It may even help with memory or “fibro fog” as it is often referred to.

Milnacipran is the generic name for the brand name prescription Savella, which has milnacipran as the active ingredient.

Milnacipran is also known by the brand name prescription Joncia, which has milnacipran as the active ingredient.

Important Facts

How is milnacipran taken?

Prescription milnacipran comes in a tablet form and is taken twice a day. When first prescribed the patient begins by taking a low dose of 12.5 milligrams per day and then the dose is gradually increased over a one-week period.  The dose of milnacipran is based on the individual patient’s needs according to their doctor.  An example of a typical milnacipran regime is as follows:

Day 1 – 12.5milligrams taken once

Days 2-3 – 12.5 milligrams taken twice daily (total 25 milligrams/day)

Days 4-7 – 25 milligrams taken twice daily (total 50 milligrams/day)

Days 7 and beyond – 50 milligrams taken twice daily (total 100 milligrams/day)

Prescription milnancipran should not be stopped or reduced without specific instructions from a doctor, as this may lead to withdrawal symptoms.  The dose must be reduced gradually.

Be sure to tell your doctor about any other medications you may be taking before you take milnacipran.

Have your doctor check for other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, fast heart rate, liver problems, kidney problems, bleeding disorders, glaucoma or any seizure or manic episodes in the past before you take milnacipran.

Important: Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any blood thinners such as warfarin, Coumadin or aspirin, or any NSAID pain relievers, selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), other SNRIs, tryptophan or headache medications, as these may lead to serious health complications.

What are the side effects of milnacipran?

The most common reported side effect of prescription milnacipran is nausea. Other common side effects include headache, dizziness, insomnia, increased heart rate, constipation, dry mouth and hypertension.   Consult with your pharmacist for a full list of common side effects.

Where to find support

If you are looking for more information about fibromyalgia, the following organizations may be able to help you find what you need.

National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)  

Providing information, assistance, resources , education and support for over 20 years.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association 

Support groups, information, community, resources and more.

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Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 being diagnosed between ages 35 to 45 years of age. 

What is fibromyalgia?

Also known as fibromyalgia syndrome, this physical condition is a group of symptoms that occur together.  It is believed that fibromyalgia is a result of the interpreting pain and other physical sensations incorrectly, which makes the patient extremely sensitive to noise, exertion, hot or cold temperatures, and physical touch or pressure. 

Fibromyalgia is real

There are a lot of people who, unfortunately, do not believe that fibromyalgia is real. This negative assumption leads many who suffer from fibromyalgia to feel isolated, depressed and even frustrated that they are not taken seriously.   For some patients even getting their doctor to understand that their pain is not because of poor lifestyle habits, inactivity, laziness or weight may be difficult.  Fibromyalgia is a very real syndrome.

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Symptoms vary from patient to patient, and there may be extended periods of severe pain (known as fibro flares) or mild discomfort, varying from mild to extreme.  The most common symptom is chronic overall body aches and muscle pains.  Other symptoms include:

Stress and change of weather can cause fibromyalgia to flare up, leading to an increase in the level of symptoms and discomfort.

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia

As stated earlier, the symptoms of fibromyalgia may be very similar to other conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, among others.  Diagnosing someone with fibromyalgia can be quite difficult and may include several tests to rule out other medical conditions first. There are two criteria that most doctors will use to begin to diagnose someone with fibromyalgia, and they are whether the patient has had widespread body pain for more than three months and whether memory and/or sleep problems are experienced.

Medication for fibromyalgia

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there is hope for the management of fibromyalgia. The FDA has approved three main medications for managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.  These medications are sometimes used together as part of a treatment regime, along with other medications.

Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

Prescription duloxetine is used to help relieve the nerve pain (also known as peripheral neuropathy) associated with fibromyalgia.  It belongs to a class of medications known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).    Learn more about how duloxetine works.

Milnacipran (Savella)

Prescription milnacipran is prescribed to treat the muscle, tendon, and ligament pain associated with fibromyalgia.  It is also an SNRI.  Learn more about how milnacipran works.

Pregabalin (Lyrica)

Prescription pregabalin is used to relieve the muscle stiffness and muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Lifestyle tips for the management of fibromyalgia

It is unfortunate that some patients truly suffer with fibromyalgia symptoms, to the extent that they can no longer work or participate in physical activities like they used to. 

Therapy

Some patients find that attending therapy helps manage the emotional toll that living with chronic pain can take.  Depression and anxiety may be difficult to manage alone, so having the support of a therapist and/or group support can be beneficial.

Sleep and self-care

Sleep is a major issue for fibromyalgia patients.  Falling asleep and staying asleep can be very difficult, so patients are advised to go to bed early and try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night and rest in the evening to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

Exercise may seem like the last thing someone with chronic pain and fatigue would want to do, but there is evidence that light exercise such as walking, can actually help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  . A study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science , which focused on women ages 18 to 50 with fibromyalgia, showed that pool exercises were even better at relieving fibromyalgia pain than gym-based exercises or even home-based exercises involving stretching and weight training.

Staying positive and living life to its fullest

When faced with a chronic condition that involves daily pain and fatigue, it’s important to remember that there is hope.  With certain medications and lifestyle changes, the right support and the determination, there is hope that patients can and will live a positive and full life.

Where to find support

If you are looking for more information about fibromyalgia, the following organizations may be able to help you find what you need.

National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)  

Providing information, assistance, resources , education and support for over 20 years.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association 

Support groups, information, community, resources and more.

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Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 store them is important.

Rule #1 – Ask your pharmacist

Your pharmacist is always there to answer your questions about your prescription medication, no matter how small or silly the question may feel.  So when you are presented with a new prescription, along with making sure you know how to take your medication and when, take a moment to ask your pharmacist how to store your medication.

There are several things you should take into consideration when you are storing your medication. It’s important to read the label on your medication for any storage instructions. Some medications need refrigeration, others need to be kept out of bright light, and some need to be kept dry.   In general it’s a good idea to keep your prescription and non-prescription medication in a cool, dry place, and ensure that it is safely out of reach from children and your pets.

Other important tips to know:

Keep your pills in the original bottle or container they came in.  Not only is it a good idea to have the information from the label, such as how often you should take the medication and how many refills you have left, those little bottles are actually designed to keep out moisture and, in some cases, protect the medication from light.   The cap on most medication bottles is childproof to stop curious children from opening the bottle and accessing the medication.

Take the cotton out of the bottle.  The cotton is only in there to protect the pills while you transport your medication home, so they don’t break if you shake the bottle.  Once you open the bottle, remove the cotton and discard it.  Why? Left in place the cotton can absorb moisture and possibly affect your medication.

Do not expose your medication to heat or liquid.  Hot cars, and rainy window ledges, are just a couple of situations where heat or liquid/water can cause your medication to break down. If this happens you need to speak to your pharmacist about the condition of your prescription.

Do not store your medication in the bathroom. Yes, you have a medicine cabinet but unfortunately steam can and does get in there. Moisture can break down medications.  The same goes for keeping medication in a cupboard over the stove.  Cooking and boiling water releases moisture into the air that can negatively affect your medication.

When traveling do not store medication in the glove compartment.  Heat, cold, the car air conditioner, these can all damage your medication.    Carry your medication in your carry-on luggage, and in its original packaging. Read other tips on staying healthy while traveling.

Do not mix different medications in one bottle.  Sure, you may think it’s handy to do this but this is how mistakes happen, as you may take the wrong pill. Softer pills may also break as they bang against harder pills in the bottle.

It only takes a moment to ask your pharmacist about the best ways to store your medication.  By taking the rights steps you will ensure your medication stays intact, stays effective, and doesn’t cost you any money by having to be replaced.

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This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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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 – never share prescription medication!    While you may think “sure, I get that with medications like pain meds or heart medication, but what’s the big deal about sharing antibiotics?”   There are several very important reasons you should never share your antibiotics with anyone.

  1. You are not a doctor.  It’s that simple. Only a healthcare provider can determine whether or not someone needs antibiotics.   By running tests and determining symptoms, a doctor will determine whether or not the illness is caused by bacteria, a virus, or other cause.   It’s true that some symptoms may appear to be that of a simple ear infection but it may actually be something else.  Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. It’s better to be safe than sorry and have a doctor determine what kind of medication is needed to treat any particular illness.
  2. You could be endangering their health.   Medications are prescribed to people based on their illness, and doctors will also take into account the patient’s medical history, other medications they may be on and other medical conditions they might have.  The medication you decide to share with them may actually be harmful and potentially dangerous for them.
  3. It’s probably not enough to help them.  The person you were going to share your antibiotics with needs a full prescription of antibiotics, not a few leftover pills.  By taking less than a full prescription of antibiotics the infection would not be fully treated and there is a strong chance the bacteria may become resistant to the antibiotic.

The only reason you would have leftover antibiotics is because you yourself did not follow your doctor’s orders.  You are prescribed medication for a reason, and that reason is to get you well again.  Be sure to always follow the full course of antibiotic treatments prescribed by your doctor. If you have concerns about your medication, such as any side effects or if you feel they are not working, speak to your doctor.

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This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 very peaceful and relaxing, but can yoga have an actual impact on our overall health?   According to the American Osteopathic Association , the answer is yes!

Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, is a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor who states on AOA website “As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself. Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it’s based on similar principles.”

So what can yoga do to help your body?  According to the AOA, some of the benefits of yoga include more than the obvious improvements in flexibility.  A few of the other benefits also include:

Can Yoga help reduce stress symptoms?

Hatha yoga is one of the most common types of yoga used to help manage stress.  The slow and gentle movements combined with focused breathing work well to help calm the practitioner both physically and mentally during a yoga session.

Hatha Yoga involves three elements:

These three elements help our bodies and our minds dial back our responses to stressors.  According to a report published by Harvard Medical School “Introduction to Yoga”, studies have shown that people who do yoga use 43% fewer medical services.  They also state that yoga can help reduce symptoms of depression and chronic pain, and also lower your risk of falling by improving your balance.

In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   130 individuals experiencing mild to moderate stress levels were asked to do ten weekly 1-hour sessions of Hatha yoga or relaxation.  At the end of the 10 weeks, the results showed that yoga was as effective as relaxation – with the conclusion that “yoga appears to provide a comparable improvement in stress, anxiety and health status compared to relaxation.”

How to get started with Yoga

There are several kinds of yoga and most cities have some form of health centre or spa where yoga classes are offered. In fact, check with your local YMCA to see if there are yoga workshops you can attend.  Take a class, speak to the instructor, and do what works for your body. Take your time, don’t try to do advanced yoga if you’ve been sedentary for a long time, and of course, for your safety, speak to your doctor before attempting this or any new exercise program.


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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 emergency help arrives.  According to the American Heart Association  CPR, when performed immediately, can double or triple the chances of survival after a heart attack.

How is CPR Performed?

The American Heart Association focuses on two kinds of CPR; one for healthcare providers and one for the general public.  Visit their website to learn more about performing CPR 

Watch the American Heart Association’s video about Hands-Only CPR

The Heart and Stroke Foundation in Canada created this video called “Learn CPR in less than 90 seconds” to illustrate how even knowing the basics can make a difference.

Where can YOU learn CPR?

If you want to learn how to perform CPR contact your local American Red Cross or visit them online at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr  where you can locate a class near you or even take a class online.

The American Heart Association also has CPR classes available in your area and online. Visit their CPR class page at https://www.heart.org/en/cpr

Need more information? If you have questions about your prescription or any other medication, our discreet and caring team here at Jason’s Canadadrugstore.com will be happy to answer your questions.  Simply phone us Toll Free at 1-800-991-0282

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 mind, we want to share some helpful reminders to help make your next road trip easier and, of course, safer and healthier.

Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen

Remember, even if you’re not on the beach you’re exposed to harmful UV rays.  Get a good sunscreen like Anthelios XL SPF 60 Face Stick or Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.  And if you’re the driver, enjoying the window down and your arm out the window, double up on that sunscreen on your arm and left side of your face and neck!  

Pack healthy snacks

If you’re a diabetic this is extra important. Healthy snacks such as fruit and nuts can help keep you energized and feeling good between meals.  Remember that fresh foods can spoil quicker in a warm car, so take them with you into the hotel room when you get to your destination.

Bring water to stay hydrated

It’s not uncommon to hear of people driving 3 or 4 hours at a time without a break.  That may be fine as far as time goes, but that is an awful long time to not have a drink of water.  Bring along several bottles of water and stay hydrated along the way.  Will it mean extra washroom breaks? It might, but your health is worth it.

Try to stay cool

If your car has air conditioning, great. If it doesn’t make sure to roll the windows down and get fresh cooler air circulating in the vehicle. If the air is very hot, stop for a break in the shade, get cool water from a rest stop or a cooler with ice in your car, and dress in cooler clothing for the trip.  Avoid leaving anyone sitting in a hot car for any length of time, even for a quick stop. It doesn’t take long for heat exhaustion to set in.  Learn more about the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

Get some exercise

Sitting for a long time isn’t good for anyone at any time, even when you’re having fun on a road trip. Schedule breaks to pull over and walk around, go for a quick hike, and get your body moving.  If you know you are heading out on your road trip in the morning, consider taking a nice long walk before you get into the car and hit the road.  Once at your destination, taking another walk is a great idea. Some hotels and motels have pools and exercise rooms. Even 15 minutes of extra movement can be beneficial to your health.

Pack a first aid kit

It should go without saying that any vehicle should have a good first aid kit.  Band-aides, gauze, and other items should be in an easy to reach kit.

Pack your prescription and over the counter medications

This tip is VERY important.  Packing your medication, along with a copy of your original prescription, in its own case is critical.  If your medication needs to be kept cool, consider a cooler or other container to help keep your medication from getting too hot in your vehicle.   Read more about traveling with your medication.

Take a break to rest or nap

Driving when even a little tired can be dangerous.  According to the National Sleep Foundation   sixty percent of adults in the United States have driven while drowsy and approximately one-third of those people have fallen asleep at the wheel!  If you notice these symptoms in yourself while you’re driving or you notice your driver doing any of these things, it is time to pull over and rest NOW!

Even a quick cat nap of 20-30minutes on the side of the road can help give your driver enough energy to make it further down the road.    The National Sleep Foundation also recommends driving early in the morning rather than late at night.

Wear your Medic Alert bracelet

If you have a medical alert bracelet or necklace, be sure to wear it!

Let someone know where you’re going

Always let friends or family know where you are going and how to get ahold of you when you’re gone. If there is any emergency they will need to be able to get ahold of you.  It’s also good for your passengers to have a list of emergency contacts for each other as well.

Summer travel with friends and family can be fun – and while this list may seem like you are planning for trouble ahead, what you’re really doing is planning for peace of mind, fewer worries, and a healthier trip!

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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 the patient feels no symptoms but due to the high level in their blood the uric acid is starting to form crystals in the joints. 

Acute gout – This is a gout ‘attack’, when the patient feels the pain of the gout.  Gout attacks usually happen in the evening and can last up to 12 hours, with symptoms lasting anywhere from a few days to over a week.   

Interval gout – Up to 84% of those people who have a gout attack will have another attack within three years. In between the attacks there will still be inflammation which damages the joints, but no severe pain.

Chronic gout – When uric acid levels remain high over several years and attacks are more frequent, joint damage can occur. In fact chronic gout can lead to impaired and even lost mobility.

What are the Symptoms of Gout?

While the inflammation of gout can occur in other body joints such as knees or ankles, the majority of patients who experience a gout attack will feel the pain and swelling in the joint at the base of the big toe.

What Causes Gout?

Gout doesn’t occur all at once or as the result of a sudden change.   Diets high in high-purine foods (see below), excessive alcohol use, dehydration, fasting, and other factors over time will raise the level of uric acid in the blood stream. Uric acid is normally formed when the body processes purines, and the uric acid is then usually eliminated by the kidneys.  Unfortunately if there is too much uric acid in the body the kidneys simply can’t process it all, so it builds up leading to what is known as hyperuricemia, and eventually the precipitation of sharp, needlelike urate crystals in the joints.

There are also some medical triggers of gout.  Certain medications such as cyclosporine, chemotherapy, and thiazide diuretics used for high blood pressure may trigger gout attacks.  At times certain infections, joint injury and even sudden severe illnesses, trauma or surgery may also trigger gout attacks.

Obesity, untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and family history of gout also increase your risk of developing the condition.

Gout occurs more often in men, who tend to have higher uric acid levels than women. It is worth noting however that after menopause, women’s uric acid levels approach those of men. That is why men are likely to develop gout between the ages of 30 and 50, whereas women generally do not until after menopause.

How is Gout Treated with Colchicine?

Prescription Colchicine reduces the painful swelling associated with gout and works to reduce the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joint. 

It is important to note that prescription Colchicine is not a pain medication and is not to be used as a pain reliever. Colchicine does not cure gout. It helps treat and prevent gout attacks.

It is also used off label for primary biliary cirrhosis, pericarditis and familial Mediterranean fever.

Prescription Colchicine is taken immediately at the beginning of a gout attack.  The common dose is 1.2 mg (2 tablets) at the start of an attack followed by 0.6 mg (1 tablet) an hour later. However, your doctor will recommend your course of treatment and recommend when you should repeat the medication should you experience another gout attack.  Doses should not be increased or decreased without specific directions from your doctor.

Colchicine is also often prescribed to be taken on a daily basis in order to prevent gout recurrence.

Colchicine can decrease the absorption of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalmin, methylcobalmin) which can sometimes lead to anemia. If you are taking colchicine long term talk to your doctor about vitamin B12 supplementation.

What Foods to Avoid While Taking Colchicine

Unless your doctor says otherwise, it is a good idea to avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking prescription Colchicine, as it may actually increase the amount of the medication in your blood stream.   

Healthy Living Tips for Patients with Gout

As noted earlier in this article, consumption of foods that are high in purines may trigger gout attacks and should, therefore, be avoided or reduced.  Foods that are high in purines and should be avoided include:

Moderate purine foods which should be reduced include

What should you consume to help reduce uric acid?

DID YOU KNOW?

Researchers have found that people who suffer from gout are at an increased risk for atrial fibrillation (A.Fib). (Source: Arthritis Foundation) Learn more about A.fib and what medications are used to treat it.

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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:

How do Blood Thinners Work?

Blood thinners don’t actually thin your blood.  There are two types of blood thinners.

What is a Blood Clot?

Let’s begin with the basics.  Blood clotting is called coagulation. We know that blood thinners are  designed to help prevent the formation of blood clots, but what exactly is a blood clot and how  does it form?

To put it in simple terms, in a healthy normal situation, when a blood vessel or tissue in your body is injured or damaged, platelets in your blood begin to stick to the damaged area to protect the area – much  like a scab forming when you skin your knee.   When the tissue that was damaged heals, the clot in your body is dissolved and the platelets and cells that made up the clot are taken back into your blood stream.

The danger comes when a blood clot forms without any injury to the body and it is not dissolved or reabsorbed into the body.

Clots can  form in different parts of the body, such as the major veins in the legs, pelvis, arms, or other large veins. If the clot detaches from the vein wall, travels through to the lungs and prevents blood flow, it is called a pulmonary embolism. A clot in a vein can also prevent blood from reaching the heart.   Should a blood clot happen in the brain, it can cause a stroke.

Watch this video from the American Society of Hematology about how a blood clot causes  a pulmonary embolism

Are You at Risk for Developing Blood Clots?

There are several risk factors that may increase your body’s tendency to form clots. There are even some medications that may affect how fast or slow your blood clots.

Physical risk factors include:

Symptoms of Blood Clots

The symptoms related to blood clots depend on where the clot has formed.  Some symptoms may include:

Prescription Xarelto to Prevent Blood Clots

Blood thinners (anticoagulants) slow down the body’s process of making clots.

Xarelto is one of these blood thinners.  The active ingredient in Xarelto is rivaroxaban.

Xarelto is manufactured by Bayer Inc. and comes in four  strengths.

Xarelto is a small pill and is taken at particular times of the day and on a regime prescribed by your doctor. You should never increase or decrease your Xarelto prescription without specific directions from your doctor.  If you have questions about when to take Xarelto, what to do if you miss a dose, or whether you should take Xarelto with or without food, it is very important that you speak with your pharmacist.

Some patients who have experienced blood clots live in fear of another event. However, with  prescription medications like Xarelto that help prevent further blood clots, along with healthy lifestyle changes and guidance from your doctor and pharmacist, you can have peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to  be on your way to a healthier and stronger you. 

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Further information on Xarelto can be found at the following link: Learn More

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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 of OAB include:

Many people with overactive bladder won’t speak to their doctor about it because they are embarrassed.   This is so unfortunate because there is nothing to be ashamed of.  OAB can make you feel isolated, cause you to miss out on social events because  of feeling self-conscious, or even stop you from sleeping through the night because of the anxiety of having to get up frequently to use the washroom.  Without treatment, OAB may not only make these feelings continue, but also, the delicate skin around the genitals may develop a rash and/or become prone to infections.  Overactive bladder may also be a result of illness, urinary tract infection, or even a side effect of some prescription medications.  Because of these reasons,  speaking to your doctor is essential.

It’s important to note that stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which occurs  when you leak urine  with   laughing or sneezing or with exercise is a completely different condition.

Here are some facts from the Urology Care Foundation:

One very effective medication for treating overactive bladder is Myrbetriq.

Myrbetriq is a prescription medication containing the active ingredient mirabegron.  With overactive bladder, the bladder muscle contracts suddenly, even before your bladder is full, which causes that sudden urgent feeling that you need to urinate. Myrbetriq helps the smooth muscle around the bladder to relax, which helps the bladder’s ability to store urine, thereby reducing the urge to urinate frequently before your bladder is full. 

Myrbetriq is produced by Astellas Pharma and comes in two strengths:

Myrbetriq is usually taken with or without food once a day as directed by your physician.  This pill should never be crushed, chewed or split.  Your dosage will be determined by your physician.

What are the side effects of Myrbetriq?

It’s very important to speak to your doctor about any other medication you may be taking if you are going to take Myrbetriq.  Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure as Myrbetriq may increase your blood pressure or make your blood pressure worse if you already have a history of high blood pressure.  Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is important.

Other common side effects may include:

Living with Overactive Bladder

While taking prescription Myrbetriq for overactive bladder is a smart step on your way to feeling better, there are some everyday lifestyle changes that you may want to include in your self-care regime.

Thousands of people live with an overactive  bladder and are using medications to help manage their symptoms.  If you have symptoms of overactive bladder, do not hesitate to speak to your physician.  There is nothing to feel bad or embarrassed about.  By getting the prescription medication you need you will feel better and be able to get out and live a happier, healthier, active life.

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Further information on Myrbetriq can be found at the following link: Learn More

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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 a man can achieve and maintain an erection.  It works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, and by stopping the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), a chemical messenger in the body which dilates arteries.

Moderate consumption of alcohol while taking Viagra seems to be safe.

For some men, alcohol consumption is one of the factors leading to erectile dysfunction.  Thus, it may be more important to consider reducing alcohol consumption, rather than combining alcohol with Viagra, to determine  if alcohol consumption may be affecting your sexual performance.  Excessive alcohol use (both binging and chronic use) has been shown to lower testosterone levels in some men, as well as reduce sperm quality and volume by shrinking the testicles.

It important to note that Viagra does not work by itself – it does not actually cause an erection. A man has to be sexually aroused in order for Viagra to work.  Because alcohol is a depressant, it can negatively affect your mood and/or sexual desire. If this happens Viagra will not work.

So enjoy that glass of wine during your romantic dinner and remember – Viagra works if you’re in the mood.  Too much alcohol can negatively impact your expected results.

Further information on Viagra can be found at the following link: Learn More

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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 of caring for someone with either condition comes with many emotions and a kind of stress that few can ever understand unless they themselves are coping with the same situation.

In this article we will look at the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, offer some tips on resources to turn to for support and information, and discuss ways that caregivers can take care of their own health and wellbeing during these challenging years.

What is the Difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia?

It is not uncommon to get the two conditions confused, as one may present symptoms similar to the other, but they are different.

Dementia is an overall term used to describe a set of symptoms that may be caused by different things and not just one disease.  For example, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and even certain drug interactions or vitamin deficiencies can cause symptoms of dementia such as impaired thinking or poor memory.  Once the cause of dementia is discovered an appropriate treatment plan can be implemented.  The National Institute on Aging (NIA.org) says dementia is a brain disorder affecting communication and daily performance of activities, while Alzheimer’s Disease affects the part of the brain that control memory, language and thoughts.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative, progressive, irreversible disease.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is considered a specific form of dementia with symptoms that may include impaired memory, impaired thought, speech and movement, confusion, and mood changes among other symptoms.

Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Knowledge is power when it comes to caregiving.  The Alzheimer’s Association has a list of the Best Books on Alzheimer’s as a good starting point to help educate yourself about the disease and to help you maintain a realistic and positive attitude.

As stated earlier, Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, and the patient’s needs will change over time, possibly becoming more challenging as the years go by.

At the onset of Alzheimer’s disease support is the main thing the patient needs.  This stage of Alzheimer’s disease may last for several years and the caregiver is considered more of a care partner, since the patient may not need hands-on assistance in this stage.   At this stage the patient usually has the ability to make key decisions about their future such as:

It is also at this stage that caregivers should consider their own plans for how they will maintain their own lives, their health, and their mental health during the coming years. 

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses the patient will need more caregiving, including hospitalization for more intensive around-the-clock care, including medical assistance.  As a caregiver your role now becomes focused on ensuring the safety, dignity and overall proper care of the patient.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Mood Changes

Many people with Alzheimer’s disease struggle with the changes they are going through.  Frustration, depression, fear and anxiety can lead to moments of upset and outburst of anger.  For the caregiver this can be both frightening and frustrating. 

Repetition, delusions, paranoia, and even hallucinations may also occur.  As a caregiver your role is to provide comfort, security and reassurance that everything is okay and that the patient is safe and secure.

The emotional toll on a caregiver should never be underestimated.  The daily stress and emotions one faces can be difficult.

Caregiver’s Need Care, Too

Because of the emotional toll that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can take on a caregiver, it is important for caregivers too take care of themselves.

In a 2016 article in the New York Times entitled Love and Burnout: Caregivers, Too, Need Care  a man named Chris Donham recalled what it was like dealing with the stress of caregiving for his wife and how it lead to him landing in the emergency room with what he thought was a heart attack. “It turned out to be stress and strain,” said Mr.Donham. “When you’re in the middle of caregiving, you don’t know what caring for yourself means.”

One key truth in the New York Times article is the fact that the American healthcare system is not focused on caregivers, but instead focuses mainly on the patient.

Caregivers need to be able to reach out to find respite, rest, and support.   The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a network of caregiving associations and groups to help caregivers find the support and coping resources they need while caring for a loved one.

Reaching out to support groups and local resources for someone to talk to and to find someone to help take over caregiving while you take time away to rest and take care of your own needs is important. Caregiving is not a hobby or something that one takes on for a day or two. Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can go on for years. 

Be realistic about the progression of the disease.  As much as we would all love to have our loved one stay at home in their familiar surroundings, there may come a time when the patient needs more care and attendance than you can give.   Be prepared to make choices about where and when to move your loved one to an assisted care facility or hospice when needed.

Make your self-care a priority.  Some caregivers will neglect their own health, missing medications, missing doctor appointments, forgetting to eat, bath, or pay bills on time.   As much as devotion to the patient is to be admired, you must make sure to take care of your own health first in order to maintain your strength and ability to carry on each day.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease there is are prescription medications on the market that may help. Aricept is the brand name for generic donepezil. It is a medication used to treat dementia symptoms such as mental changes and memory loss associated with mild, moderate or severe Alzheimer’s disease.  Learn more about prescription Aricept and what it does. 

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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.

Alzheimer’s facts:
Between 2000 and 2017 deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease have increased 145% One in 3 seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or other dementia, which is more than breast cancer and prostate cancer deaths combined. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, providing 18.5 billion hours of care valued at close to $234 billion. Source: Alzheimer’s Association

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 clears up, and Alzheimer’s Disease.  If you or your loved one begin to have signs of short term memory loss (forgetting important dates and events, recently learned information), or begin to have trouble following instructions or solving problems (difficulty concentrating on tasks that have multiple steps, such as paying bills or putting dishes away in the right place), or forgetting names and people and having trouble following or joining in conversations, it’s time to speak to your doctor.

Another symptom is changes in mood, including depression, fear, or unfounded suspicions.  Those with Alzheimer’s disease may even begin to withdraw from family events and stop participating in hobbies and social events.  This is why patience and understanding are key for anyone who is living with the reality that their loved one has Alzheimer’s.

Because Alzheimer’s Disease affects the brain, patients in the late stages of the disease may become weakened and susceptible to infections. In addition, difficulty swallowing can lead to aspiration of food and water into the lungs, leading to pneumonia.   This is why finding the proper medication to help delay or slow down the progression of the disease is so important.

The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a handy checklist to print off and take with you to your doctor’s appointment.   Read Preparing for your doctor’s visit” 

Prescription Aricept for Alzheimer’s Disease

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease there are prescription medications on the market that may help to slow down the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Aricept is the brand name for generic donepezil.

It is a medication used to treat dementia symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and problems with thinking and reasoning associated with mild, moderate or severe Alzheimer’s disease.

Aricept is known as a centrally acting reversible acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor.  While it cannot stop the damage Alzheimer’s causes to brain cells, it affects a chemical involved in carrying messages among the brain’s nerve cells (cortical acetylcholine) by preventing its breakdown. This supports communication among nerve cells, which may slow down the progress of the disease.

Aricept is a once a day pill, usually taken before bed.   It is generally well tolerated. If side effects occur, they commonly include nausea, loss of appetite and increased frequency of bowel movements.

Dosage depends on the patient’s individual needs and response to the medication.  In order to minimize the side effects doctors will start the patient on a low dose and slowly increase it over the course of several weeks as needed.

Aricept and its generic equivalent donepezil are available in two dosages

To learn more about Aricept and/or donepezil, contact our team. We will be happy to answer your questions.

How to cope with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis

As mentioned earlier, patience and understanding are important for anyone who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Changes in mood and behavior are very common with patients, and new lifestyle patterns and routines may become necessary.

The National Institute on Aging has helpful information on Managing Personality and Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s” you may find helpful. 

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Further information on Aricept can be found at the following link: Learn More

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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 to help manage blood sugar.  It restores the body’s correct response to insulin naturally produced in your body while at the same time decreasing the amount of sugar produced by our liver.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.  You have type 2 diabetes if your body does not use the insulin in your body properly – leading to what is called insulin resistance.

Glumetza is an oral medication that comes in a pill form.   It is usually prescribed to be taken once a day with a meal, however the dosage is based upon your personal needs, how you respond to the medication and any other medications you may also be taking.  In order to minimize gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea and diarrhea, Glumetza is often prescribed at a lower dose at first and then it is gradually increased,

It is important to take Glumetza with food to ensure optimal delivery and absorption, at the same time every day and to take it exactly as prescribed. You should not stop taking Glumetza without your doctor’s orders.

Although prescription Glumetza works to help lower your blood sugar, hypoglycemia does not occur in patients receiving metformin alone under usual circumstances. Hypoglycemia could occur in patients who are not eating enough calories, exercising strenuously, or taking Glumetza with other glucose lowering medications or alcohol.

Glumetza is manufactured by Valeant Canada and is available in two doses:

500 mg tablet (white, oval shaped, marked “M 500”)

1000 mg tablet (white, oval shaped, marked “M 1000”)

Today, thanks to medications such as Glumetza, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, individuals living with Type 2 diabetes can get better control over their blood sugars and live a longer and healthier life with fewer complications than ever before.

Want to read more? If you found this article helpful, you may enjoy our other articles including:

How to save money on prescription medication

Glucophage vs. Metformin – What is the difference?

Better Type 2 Blood Sugar Management with Januvia

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Further information on Glumetza  can be found at the following link: Learn More

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This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnoses or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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 than you may realize. 

Physical Activity Proves to be Beneficial for Healthy Aging

Muscle loss and bone loss are common as we age.  This in turn may lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, with general aches and pains.  However, regular exercise slows the progression of muscle and bone loss. It strengthens your bones and can help reduce pain from stiff joints.   

Staying mobile and focusing on flexibility also helps reduce the risk of serious injury due to falls, such as broken hips. Other benefits of exercising include:

Researchers at the University of Birmingham and King’s College London did a study on 125 active seniors, aged 55 to 79 years of age. 41 of the participants were female, 84 were male, they were all amateur cyclists, and anyone with high blood pressure or other serious health conditions were not included in the study.  This group was compared to a group of seniors aged 57 to 80, and a group of younger adults aged 20 to 36, all of whom did not participate in any form of regular physical activity.

The results were astounding.   The active seniors group showed no loss of muscle mass or physical strength, their cholesterol levels were healthy, and the men maintained healthy testosterone levels. Even more astounding was the production of T-cells, which protect our immune system, in the active senior’s group was as healthy as that of a much younger person.

While cycling was the activity used in this study, there are many more activities that are beneficial for people at all physical states and abilities such as

Each of these activities can be tailored to your abilities and strengths, with some of them such as Tai Chi, yoga and swimming being offered for those in wheelchairs and/or who may use walkers or other assistance devices in many YMCAs and other fitness facilities.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons  states that research suggests that daily moderate physical activity, even just 30 minutes per day, can provide adequate health benefits. 

Should you do physical exercise if you have a medical condition?

It is always important to talk to your doctor before beginning any form of exercise.  Research has shown that people with arthritis, osteoporosis and other bone and joint conditions often benefit greatly from physical movement. In fact, lack of activity can make some physical conditions more challenging to live with.  Speak to your doctor about what exercise may be safe and effective for you. 

Keeping Your Mind Sharp With Mental Fitness

Mental fitness? Is this something real?  It is!    The National Institute on Aging states that cognitive health, which is the ability to think clearly, remember, and learn new things, is one of several important component of brain health. Other components include sensory functions (how you respond to sensations of pain, temperature and touch), emotional functions, and motor functions. Visit the Cognitive Health and Older Adults page on the NIH website 

Along with physical activity, which helps keep your body physically healthy, keeping your mind active as well is beneficial for your mental health.   Some of the benefits may include:

It’s important to keep in mind that mental activity may not cure or fully prevent certain conditions such as Alzheimer’s, but studies have shown that for many people mental fitness is beneficial.

In a study called Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) trial , adults over 65 years of age were involved in 10 sessions of reasoning training, memory training, and process-speed training.  The results showed that the participants had improvements the mental skills in each area they were trained – and the improvements lasted for ten years beyond the completion of the trial!

So, what can “YOU” do to stay mentally fit?

Easy and accessible daily activities to consider for better mental fitness include:

Socializing Plays a Role in Mental Fitness

Isolation is unfortunately common among seniors. Lack of socializing can have long lasting effects on both the body and the mind.  It is important to stay connected with other people and the world around you. Socializing and participating in events with friends and family can help keep the mind active and engaged.  If you do not have family or friends to engage with on a regular basis, consider some of the following:

Physical activity and mental activity are both important as we age! As we have shown, there is  scientific proof that both can help to hold back the hands of time, and help us live happier and healthy lives! Now is the time to take a look at your schedule for the week ahead, and ask yourself “what will I do today?”

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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 it all down on a list, but I then forget to look at my list! What can I do?

Answer: You’re definitely not alone in your struggle. We often hear from patients and caregivers who struggle with remembering when and how certain medications are supposed to be taken.     

We have a few ideas that many patients find helpful – and we hope you find them helpful as well.

5 Tips to Help You Remember Your Medication

  1. Marked Pill Boxes.    Most people know what pill boxes are and how they are used.   Along with simple unmarked boxes, there are pillboxes that have separate compartments for each day of the week and pill boxes that are also divided into different times of the day.   These are very handy for anyone who takes multiple pills per day.  They can even be carried with you in your day bag or purse – but remember, if you are traveling there are special considerations you need to keep in mind if you are traveling with medication.  Read our article about traveling with medication.
  2. Write it Down.  If you’re someone who likes task lists and to-do’s, having a list of your medications and the dose and time written down where you can see it is a handy idea. Use a desk calendar or wall calendar and make sure to update your calendar and refer to it daily. Keeping your calendar somewhere you will see it, such as the kitchen or washroom, is important.
  3. Electronic Reminders.  If you are tech savvy and have a reminder app on your phone, you can set up an electronic reminder to tell you when it is time to take your medication.  The key here is to make sure you have your medication with you if your alarm goes off reminding you to take your medication.  You can also set a reminder to remind you when it’s time for you to order your next prescription refill.
  4. Get into a routine.   Some people find it easy to remember to take their morning medication by leaving it near their toothbrush. They might remember to take their night medication by leaving it on the night stand.  Mid-day medications may be remembered by making sure it is taken with lunch.  Combining your medication timing along with part of your daily routine may help you remember.
  5. Make a Quick Call. If you are a caregiver or if you have a family member who needs to take medications at certain times of the day, you can consider setting up a reminder for yourself to call or text them to remind them to take their medications. While it may take a little time out of your day, peace of mind is worth the few minutes it takes – and it gives you a chance to check up on your loved one.

Remembering to take your medications can be tough at first if you are new to taking prescription medications at certain times, but over time you will get yourself into a regular routine for the sake of your health.  As always, should you have difficulty with your medication routine, speak to your pharmacist.

Was this article helpful?  Consider checking out these other articles on our site:

Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist about Your Prescription.

Take a Pill? Take a Spray? How you take your Medication is as Important as When.

6 Common Food and Prescription Medication Combinations to Avoid.

Why you Should Take your Medication at the Right Time.

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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 heat-related illnesses related to high temperatures or above-normal temperatures and humid weather in the United States.  You read that correctly – even weather that is more humid than usual can be dangerous.

In this article we are going to talk about the differences between heatstroke and heat exhaustion and what you can do to stay safe.

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is not as dangerous as heatstroke. While heatstroke may cause damage to your body’s organs and functions, heat exhaustion does not cause damage – however it is dangerous and may lead to heat stroke.   Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

What to do if you experience heat exhaustion?

If you suspect you are experiencing heat exhaustion rest and rehydrate immediately, get out of the sun and relocate to a cooler area. If symptoms continue and do not improve, it is important to seek medical attention quickly.

What is Heat Stroke?

When your body reaches a temperature of 104F or higher, you may have heatstroke.  This is a true medical emergency which needs immediate medical attention. 

Simply sitting in the shade or sipping cool water may not be enough to take you out of the danger.   Without medical treatment heatstroke begins to affect your lungs, liver, kidneys, brain, nervous system, circulatory system and your muscles, causing damage.  The symptoms of heatstroke mimic that of heat exhaustion at first, and then escalate to include the following symptoms:

Types of heat stroke

It is important to understand the two types of heat stroke, because it is easy to assume that because you are not sitting outside in the sun or actively moving outside on a hot day that you are safe from sunstroke.

Exertional heat stroke – This is the type of heatstroke that can occur when you exert yourself through exercise or being physically active out in the heat.  At some point your body can no longer adapt to the rising temperatures.

Non-exertional heat stroke – This type of heatstroke often occurs with seniors or others with chronic illness, who can’t adapt to hot weather, such as someone who is indoors where it is very warm and without air conditioning.  You will often hear of people becoming ill during heat waves, when the temperatures continue to rise and there is no way to find relief from the heat. At some point we become unable to handle the heat.

Are you at Risk for Heat Stroke?

As stated earlier, heat stroke can happen to anyone, but some people are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.  Some risk factors include:

Prescription medications – some prescription medications may put you at risk for dehydration, such as medications for certain heart conditions or for high blood pressure.  Speak to your doctor about what you can do during hotter days to prevent dehydration while taking your medication.

Age – seniors over the age of 65 and children under the age of 6 may be at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.

Weight – being overweight may impact your ability to cool down in hot weather, as your body retains more heat with more weight.

Activity – if you know you are going to be very active in the heat, you should know you are at risk. Take precautions and review the “How to Prevent Heat Stroke” tips below.

Travel – when you travel from a cooler climate to a hot climate, the sudden change of temperature may be hard for your body to adjust to.

Heat Index – when the heat index, which measures the humidity and the outdoor temperature and calculates how the heat feels to your body, is higher than 91F (32.8C), it is considered very high and may pose a health risk.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke

Summer is a time to enjoy better weather and have fun and be active, and this includes getting out and enjoying each and every day while being proactively health aware.  Preventing heat-related illnesses is important, so here are some tips to help you prevent heat stroke:

Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency.  Remember, if you feel the symptoms of heat stroke or if you see someone who is struggling with symptoms of heat stroke, seek emergency medical treatment.

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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 daily. This fluid contains bicarbonate to neutralize stomach acid as well as pancreatic enzymes, which break down the food we consume, including fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

When you take your supplement with food, it goes to your stomach where the capsule breaks down and releases the enzymes. They then mix with your food and activate in your small intestine and help break down the food so your nutrients in the food are absorbed.

What are pancreatic enzymes and what do they do?

There are 3 types of pancreatic enzymes.

  1. Lipase – it works together with bile to break down fat molecules so they can be absorbed and used by the body.
  2. Protease – this enzyme breaks down protein molecules, it also helps to keep the intestine free of parasites.
  3. Amylase – it breaks down carbohydrates (starch) into sugars which are more easily absorbed by the body.

How are pancreatic enzymes taken?

The dosing guidelines for PERT are based on the lipase content of the product. Your doctor will determine the starting dose of pancreatic enzymes replacement either by the grams of fat ingested or, more commonly, by your weight, and calculate the required amount of lipase. The medication should be taken with food, and your doctor will usually recommend a dose to be taken with meals and snacks (e.g. 3 capsules 3 times daily with meals and 1 capsule with snacks).

The most popular pancreatic enzyme replacement is prescription Creon®.

Creon® strengths can be somewhat confusing when you compare the product sold in the US, Canada and the UK. Although they are all sold as brand name Creon®, the exact amounts of the 3 types of enzymes per capsule are not identical. For example, if you were looking for an alternative to Creon® 24,000 sold in the US you will find that it contains 24,000 USP units of lipase (the fat digestive enzyme which is the basis for dosing the medication), as well as 76,000 USP units of protease and 120,000 USP units of amylase.

The closest dosage of Creon® capsules available in the UK contains 25,000 PhEur units of lipase (the key enzyme) plus 18,000 PhEur units of amylase and 1,000 PhEur units of protease.

The closest Canadian Creon® Minimicrospheres version contains 25,000 PhEur units of lipase plus 25,500 PhEur units of amylase and 1,600 PhEur units of protease. 

You will likely have noticed that not only the numbers, but also the units on these products are different.  In the USA, USP standards are used for pancrelipase, while in Europe other standards are used including European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.)/Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) units. Standardization of lipase units has occurred (1 USP=1 Ph. Eur.=1 FIP unit) but there are differences with regards to amylase and protease unit standards.

If you wanted to go through the calculation yourself, conversion of the units is as follows:

Amylase: 1 Ph. Eur. Unit = 1 BP Unit = 1 FIP Unit 1~4.15 USP Units

Lipase: 1 Ph. Eur. Unit = 1 BP Unit = 1 FIP Unit ~ 1 USP Unit

Protease: 1 Ph. Eur. Unit = 1 BP Unit = 1 FIP Unit ~ 62.5 USP Units

(Sharpe et al. 1997)

You can now see that once the units are converted, while not identical, the three Creon® products are much more similar than it appeared at first glance.

Creon® ingredient strengths in USP Standards Units:

Creon

Lipase

Amylase

Protease

United States

24,000

120,000

76,000

United Kingdom

25,000

74,700

62,500

Canada

25,000

103,750

100,000

Creon® ingredient strengths in European Pharmacopoeia (PhEur) Units:

Creon

Lipase (PhEur Units)

Amylase (PhEur units)

Protease (PhEur Units)

United States

24,000

28916

1216

United Kingdom

25,000

18,000

1,000

Canada

25,000

25,000

1,600

Because the doses are very similar but not exactly the same, in order to substitute the UK or Canadian version of your US Creon your doctor will need to authorize it.  The ingredients are all relatively close and the key ingredient (lipase) is very close in strength across the various countries.  The pharmacy is willing and able to contact your physician to discuss substitution. 

Tips to Remember:

Questions? We are happy to answer your questions about the strengths of the active ingredients in Creon and any other questions you might have.

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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:

(Source: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_atrial_fibrillation.htm)

What is AFib?

Unlike arrhythmia, which is when the heart is beating irregularly, too fast or too slow, atrial fibrillation is the a condition where the upper two atria in the heart (the two chambers) is irregular, causing poor blood flow from the atria to the two lower ventricles.

What are the Symptoms of AFib?

It is possible to have mild AFib and not even know it.  There are, however, symptoms that are noticeable, including:

As we age the risk of developing AFib increases.   Other risk factors may include:

How does prescription Multaq help keep your heart in rhythm?

Multaq is a new brand-name prescription medication. The active ingredient in Multaq is dronedarone Hydrochloride.  Dronedarone is what is called an antiarrhythmic (class III) medication.  Amiodarone is an example of another type of antiarrhythmic.  There are many antiarrhythmics and each is prescribed based on the type of arrhythmia being treated.

Multaq is a prescription medication prescribed to people who had paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation in the past but now have normal heart rhythm.   It is used to keep your heart beating in a normal heart rhythm.

How to take prescription Multaq for AFib

Multaq is available in 400mg oral tablets.

Multaq is taken with food, usually twice a day.  Always consult with your physician and pharmacist about how your prescription Multaq should be taken.

Note: It is important to avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking prescription Multaq as it may increase the chance of side effects.    Learn more about other foods to avoid while taking certain prescription medications.

Do not stop taking this medication without speaking to your doctor.  Your doctor may recommend you take an anticoagulant/blood thinner to help reduce your risk of developing a blood clot.  Learn more about blood thinners.

How to prevent AFib

According to the American Heart Association the best way to help reduce the risk for onset of atrial fibrillation is to live a healthy lifestyle.   To help reduce some of the complications that may be associated with AFib, you should make the following heart-healthy lifestyle changes:

Life is good, and working with your doctor and pharmacist to manage your health is part of setting the stage for a long and healthy life.   

 

Further information on Multaq  can be found at the following link: Learn More

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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 a woman’s body makes.  According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), it is recommended that women who take estrogen receive the lowest effective dose. Vagifem® is the lowest dose of vaginal estrogen available commercially.

How Vagifem® works

During menopause estrogen levels drop. The Vagifem® tablet is inserted directly into the vagina, where it then releases estrogen.   It may take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks to start seeing relief of the most common uncomfortable symptoms, though Vagifem® does start to work as soon as the first dose. The tablet is put into place with a single use plastic applicator. 

Vagifem® is used to treat menopause-related symptoms such as:

Your healthcare provider will prescribe Vagifem® and recommend it be used once a day for the first two weeks of treatment.  After that you will use Vagifem® twice weekly.

It is recommended that you take Vagifem® at the same time every day.  If you feel like your symptoms have gone away you should speak to your doctor about whether or not you should stop taking Vagifem®.  The length of time you should continue to use the medication depends on your response to the medication.

Vagifem ® Side effects and Warnings

If you have had certain types of cancer or if you have cancer you should not use Vagifem®.  You should not use Vagifem® if you have had blood clots, a stroke, heart attack or unusual vaginal bleeding. You should also not use Vagifem® if you have liver problems or allergies to the ingredients in Vagifem® or if you may be pregnant.  Common side effects include headache, yeast infections, vaginal itching, back pain, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Speak to your pharmacist about other side effects and warnings to be aware of.

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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. National Library of Medicine, approximately 40-240 people per 100,000 people in North America are affected by ulcerative colitis, and approximately 750,000 Americans have this disease. 

Types of ulcerative colitis

There are different types of ulcerative colitis which are classified according to where the disease is most prevalent.  They include:

Acute ulcerative colitis – this is rare and affects the entire colon.

Pancolitis – affects the entire colon.

Left-sided colitis – affects the length from the rectum up to the sigmoid and descending colon.

Proctosigmoiditis – affects the rectum and sigmoid colon.

Ulcerative proctitis – affects the area closest to the rectum.

Each of these types of ulcerative colitis has symptoms and signs which would be diagnosed by your doctor.

Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis may include:

While there is no cure for ulcerative colitis, there are medications available that can help treat the symptoms and possibly help the patient with long term remission.

Prescription Asacol for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Asacol is an anti-inflammatory prescription medication used to treat and prevent mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease) by reducing the inflammation and other uncomfortable symptoms. The active ingredient in Asacol is mesalamine.

Mesalamine is available in the United States and Canada under different brand names:

U.S. Brand Names

Canadian Brand Name

There are three dosage forms available:

For most patients experiencing mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis the dose is usually two 400mg tablets taken three times a day six weeks. Once the ulcerative colitis is in remission the dose is reduced.  The total duration of treatment may run approximately 6 months.  It is important to note that treatment duration and doses are dependent on the patient’s health and diagnosis, so speak to your doctor about your treatment plan.

Asacol may interact with certain medications such as antiviral medications, aspirin, NSAIDS, certain cancer medications and antibiotics.  Speak to your pharmacist about taking Asacol if you are on any other medications or supplements.

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Ulcerative Colitis

One of the most important factors in managing daily living while dealing with ulcerative colitis is food. Eating foods that are too high in fiber, such as fruit, nuts, whole grains, and raw vegetables may be problematic. It’s best to cook these kinds of foods thoroughly.  Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, dairy products and spicy foods can also be troublemakers.  Keep a food diary to help determine which foods set off flares. 

Some studies are showing evidence that certain foods in moderation may help fight the irritation and swelling caused by Ulcerative Colitis.  These foods include olive oil, coconut oil, probiotic yogurt, and certain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils.  This is helpful news but a healthy diet will need to consider meeting the full nutritional requirements.  Your doctor or dietician are great resources to help devise a plan and figure out which foods work fo you and provide the nutrients you need in your diet. 

Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

While stress is not the cause of ulcerative colitis, stress may cause a flare-up or for the condition to become worse.  Speak to your doctor to see if certain forms of exercise, yoga, meditation, counseling or other quiet lifestyle changes can help you reduce your stress and, as a result, be a benefit for your condition.

Enjoy Life – with a Plan

Going out when you have ulcerative colitis may seem daunting.  Trips the washroom , for example, may seem like too big of a challenge to deal with.  If you are going out somewhere, find out ahead of time where the facilities are located so you don’t have to worry about it should you suddenly need to use them.

Friends and family and your partner should know about your condition so they can understand what it is you’re dealing with and perhaps make you more comfortable when you are experiencing unexpected symptoms and discomfort.

If you are traveling, be sure to research your accommodations and the food that will be available at your destination.  It is also a good idea to prepare to travel with your medications.  For more information on traveling with medications read our article on Healthy Travel Tips.

Super Tip
Super Tip:  Did you know you can get a Restroom Request Card?   Patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can receive a Restroom Request Card and educational brochure about your condition. This card lets you discreetly let someone know that you have a medical conditions and need access to restricted restrooms when symptoms suddenly arise.   For more information and to sign-up: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com/sign-up

While there is no cure – there is treatment and hope.  If you have questions about prescription Asacol please contact us.  Learn More

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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 3,537 adults living in all 50 states, from January 14 to February 20, 2019. 

Here are some of the main points revealed by the survey:

The survey also states that millions of Americans are actually cutting household expenses and borrowing money in order to afford healthcare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in March, 2019 that showed that uninsured Americans and women were most likely to skip daily medications in order to save money.

The report was written by Robin A. Cohen, PhD and others at the National Center for Health Statistics.  The information for the report was gathered from 2013-2017 National Health Interview Survey data, which focused on the way Americans managed the costs of their medications within that four year time frame – and whether the patients chose to reduce the cost of their medications by asking doctors for lower-cost alternatives, practicing alternative therapies or skipping medications all together.

The results were astounding.  Uninsured adults and women were the two categories most likely to skip medication because it simply cost too much.  In fact, 12.7% of the women surveyed ( vs. 9.7% of men) were likely to NOT take their medication as prescribed.   “Cost-saving strategies to reduce prescription drug costs may have implications for health status and have been associated with increased emergency room use and hospitalizations compared with adults who follow recommended pharmacotherapy,” Cohen and team wrote.

The report also stated that in 2017 retail prescription drug spending accounted for 10% of total national health expenditures – however, the increase in national retail prescription drug spending has actually slowed in recent years.  

Why is this? Could it be because 70% of all prescriptions require at least some out-of-pocket expense?  Are Americans choosing to not take their life saving medication in order to save money? 

So what can American’s do to save money on prescription medication without compromising their health?

Here’s the bottom line – you are prescribed medication because you need it.  You have a medical condition and your doctor telling you to take medicine to get better.   Taking your prescription to the pharmacist to purchase your medication and taking it as prescribed should be simple, not a financial challenge. You need to find a way to afford your medication so you can take it when and how and as often as necessary to stay healthy.

Here are a few ways to save money on prescription medications:

Turn to a trusted online Canadian source like Canada Online Health. This is where trusted, certified, safe sources like Canada Online Health come in.   Thousands of Americans are turning to Canadian pharmacies to provide them with a safe and affordable source for their prescription medications, rather than skipping their medications all together.

Buy more to save on cost. Another way to save money on prescription medications is to order your medications in a larger number. When you order 90 pills instead of 30 pills, for example, your cost per pill may be much lower than you realize.  If you have insurance and are taking medications long-term, rather than making a copay every 30 days, order a 90 day supply and make one copay every 3 months.

Go for generic vs. brand name medication.  The cost of generic medication may be much lower than brand named medications that contain the same active ingredients.   If the particular brand name medication your doctor is prescribing for you is really expensive, ask your doctor if there is a similar medication that will work the same but has a generic equivalent. Are generic medications as effective as brand name medications?  Learn the difference 

Seek assistance.  Depending on the state you live in, there are some prescription assistance programs available by your local and state governments, non-profit organizations, and Medicare.  Some of the non-profit organizations include:

We hear from thousands of customers every month and we hear their stories.  We know that there are times when making the choice between purchasing prescription medications and paying for other life expenses such as food or other bills is a fact of life.  It shouldn’t have to be this way.  Being able to actually help people and make a difference in their lives by giving them an affordable healthcare solution they can trust is not just our motto, it’s what we believe in and how we live our lives each and every day we come to work at Canada Online Health.   At the end of the day we can say this – we help people.   Now that’s something to be proud of.

If you would like to talk to us about your prescription medication or even simply talk to us about our company and how we operate, we’re open to talking to you.  We pride ourselves on being transparent to our customers.  Visit our website or give us a call.  We look forward to getting to know you.

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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 they’ve been proven to save the lives of many men and women living with or having a high risk of heart attack or stroke.”

What do Statin Drugs Do?

Your liver needs an enzyme called HMG CoA Reductase to make cholesterol.  Statin drugs block this substance, which then prevents your liver from creating cholesterol.

Your doctor will decide if you need to take a statin drug to reduce your cholesterol.  In 2013 the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association developed guidelines to ensure doctors prescribe statins only to people who really need them.  These guidelines were updated in 2019.   Doctors look at several factors including family history, the overall health of the patient, their risk of cardiac disease, blood pressure, age, sex, history of smoking and whether or not they have diabetes.

Statins may be recommended for adults who fall into these four categories:

Some common prescription statin drugs include:

Statin drug side effects

The majority of people who take statins have minor or no side effects at all. Some side effects may include muscle aches, headache, bloating, pins and needles sensations, or general unwellness.   Speak to your pharmacist about any concerns you may have regarding side effects.

Are prescription statin drugs safe?

There is a lot of misinformation around statin drugs and this leads to fear. In fact, you will find misinformation on many websites about many prescription and non-prescription medications. This is why it is important to have an open dialogue with your doctor and your pharmacist about your health and your plans to manage your health with medication.  Statin drugs help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and so the question is whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks.  It is recommended you speak to your doctor about your own health risks and whether statin drugs are right for you.

Further information on Lipitor (atorvastatin) can be found at the following link: Learn More

Further information on  Crestor (rosuvastatin) can be found at the following link: Learn More

Further information on Lescol (fluvastatincan be found at the following link: Learn More

Further information on Pravachol (pravastatincan be found at the following link: Learn More

Further information on Zocor (simvastatin)  can be found at the following link: Learn More

 

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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 body by mosquito bites.

It’s important to note that quinine is not used to prevent malaria nor is it used to treat other forms of malaria. 

Because quinine can have serious side effects including severe lower back pain, unusual bruising or bleeding (bleeding gums, spots under the skin), tinnitus, visual disturbances, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), headache, dizziness, and fast heartbeat, it is important to only use this medication on the advice of a doctor and to purchase it from safe and trusted sources.

Another safety concern with this medication is drug interactions.  There are numerous drugs that can interact with quinine, so speak to your doctor and pharmacist about what prescriptions, non-prescription and herbal supplements you are taking.  A few of the medications that interact with quinine include certain cholesterol-lowering medications, antifungal medications, anti-nausea medications, seizure medication, stomach acid reducers, heart medications, cancer medications, and HIV/AIDS medications…  The list is quite extensive so please check with your pharmacist.    

Quinine must be taken exactly as prescribed, not in larger or smaller doses and not for longer than recommended by your doctor.  This medication should also be taken for the full prescribed length it was prescribed for, even though symptoms may improve before your medication has run out.

Regarding Leg Cramps:
An article in the CMAJ indicates that quinine sulfate at a dose of 200–300 mg at night has been used for many years to treat nocturnal leg cramps. Usually idiopathic, these muscle cramps are common, particularly in older patients.  Studies have determined this medication is a modestly effective treatment for leg cramps.  However, due to safety concerns (mentioned above), quinine is not recommended for routine use and limited to a four-week trial only after other treatable causes have been ruled out.  Patients should try using non-drug (such as massage before bed) or less toxic drug therapies.  The article goes on to say that the “FDA has noted an unfavorable risk-benefit ratio for quinine when used for leg cramps.”  Read the full article : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4347765/ 

Qualaquin for  Malaria treatment

Adult Dose

Qualaquin comes in a 324 mg capsule.

For the treatment of uncomplicated P. Falciparum malaria, the usual dose is two 324 mg capsules every 8 hours for 3 days or 7 days.

Child Dose

For children, the dose depends on the weight of the child.

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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 adults in the U.S. smoked cigarettes, and over 16 million suffered with a smoking-related disease.    Even though smoking can lead to serious health problems such as asthma and death, people still continue to smoke.  Fortunately, if you have ever asked yourself “how do I quit smoking?” there is good news.

There’s no doubt that trying to quit smoking is hard.  Nicotine addiction is very real and a very difficult to overcome.  While some people have success breaking the cycle with non-prescription medications like Nicorette®, others turn to prescription medications like Chantix ®. 

Unlike Nicorette®, Champix® is a nicotine-free prescription medication and, according to a large study, it has helped more people quit smoking than nicotine patches.  To date, more than 12 million people have used prescription Chantix®.

Champix® is known as Champix® in Canada. The active ingredient is varenicline tartrate.

Champix® tablets: 0.5mg tablet.

Champix® Starter Kit: 0.5mg/1mg tablets

Champix® Continuation Kit: 1mg tablets

How Champix® Helps You Quit Smoking

Champix® works by attaching itself to nicotine receptors in the brain so that nicotine can’t.  Normally nicotine will attach itself to the receptors, releasing dopamine and creating a sense of well-being and satisfaction. However, when the dopamine levels drop, you begin to crave more nicotine and feel the need to reach for another cigarette.  Chantix® helps break this cycle of addiction.

There are three ways smokers can quit smoking with Champix®:

When you quit smoking, whether you are taking prescription Champix® or not, there are often nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as the urge to smoke, hunger, weight gain, irritability and other challenging symptoms.  Speak to your pharmacist or doctor about possible withdrawal symptoms and/or side effects you may experience.  If you have other severe symptoms, including mental health issues such as depression or suicidal thoughts, it is important to speak to your healthcare provider immediately. 

It is important to read the safety information that comes with your Champix® prescription.

Want to learn even more about Champix®  Visit their website at www.Chantix.com

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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.  Speaking openly with your doctor about difficulty achieving and/or sustaining an erection is important, as it may be a symptom of other medical problems.   

Here are a couple of ways to make your visit to the doctor a little easier

Write down your questions

One of the handiest tips anyone can follow when faced with having to have a conversation with their doctor about a delicate subject is to write down your questions.    Having your questions written down will help you address the tough questions, help you focus, and help you get the answers you need.  In fact, if you have a hard time actually asking the questions out loud, you can hand the list of questions to your doctor and simply say “I have some questions about this.”  On your list note specific questions such as “How do I know if I have ED?”

Choose your comfort words

No one expects you to be comfortable saying the words “erectile dysfunction” or other medical terms, but you do need to tell your doctor what’s wrong.   Think about how you can best describe your situation to your doctor in words that are comfortable for you to use, such as:  “I think I am having problems in the bedroom,” or  “I’m having trouble getting it up and keeping it up.”  Your doctor will know what you are referring to.

When your doctor understands that you are referring to erectile dysfunction, he will then ask you some questions about your health,  possibly about your sex life, and your lifestyle in general so that they can begin to get a full picture of your situation and begin to look at possible solutions such as prescribing prescription medications for erectile dysfunction or other options or treatments.

Your doctor and pharmacists are used to talking to patients about sensitive topics and, most of all, they are there to help you.  Don’t hesitate to discuss your medical conditions or your concerns with your healthcare team.

  

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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 no known cause of sarcoidosis, though some research shows it may be a type of autoimmune disease. Still, it is unknown what triggers the abnormal immune response.  Symptoms of sarcoidosis vary with the extent and severity of organ involvement.  For example, symptoms in the lungs include a persistent cough and shortness of breath and/or tightness/pain in the chest.  Other symptoms of sarcoidosis in other parts of the body may include fever, loss of appetite, skin rashes, red bumps on the shins, arms and/or face, and inflammation of the eyes.  A general feeling of being unwell may also be present.

Up to 30% of patients with sarcoidosis have eye disease, with the sarcoidosis affecting the membranes of the eye lids, cornea, retina and lens. Another 20-35% patients experience sarcoidosis of the skin, with raised patches of bumps on the legs, face, arms, and/or buttocks.  Arthritis in the elbows, hands, wrists, and ankles often accompanies the red bumps.

Sarcoidosis is more common in women than in men, and usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age. For unknown reasons, it is more common in African-Americans, as well as those of Puerto Rican, Irish, German and Scandinavian origin.

If you suspect you may have this disease or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you must speak to your physician and discuss the signs and symptoms you are experiencing in order to determine a clear diagnosis.

Diagnosing Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is often difficult to diagnose because it can present itself as other diseases.  Your doctor will order tests like these to help diagnose sarcoidosis:

There are other tests your doctor and/or team of specialists will possibly take to ensure a clear diagnosis and to help determine your course of treatment.

Treatment of Sarcoidosis

Symptoms of sarcoidosis may disappear on their own and, fortunately, most patients do not need treatment.  Once the symptoms go away the disease is considered inactive. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and corticosteroid drugs, like prednisone, are the primary treatment for the granuloma formation and inflammation. Ultimately the treatment plan depends on which organ system is involved and the level of inflammation and discomfort.  Prednisone will not cure established scarring in the lungs, but it may help improve cough symptoms and improve pulmonary function tests.

Antimetabolites, also categorized as steroid-sparing agents, such as azathioprine, methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil, and leflunomide may be used as successful alternatives to prednisone. 

Anitmalarial drugs such as hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are sometimes prescribed for this condition.  They were originally used to treat malaria – and still are used for this purpose today.

Drug therapy may also include immunosuppressants (like cyclophosphamide, cladribine, chlorambucil, and cyclosporine), immunomodulatory (pentoxifylline and thalidomide), and anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment (injectables such as infliximab, etanercept, golimumab, and adalimumab) and some other oral agents (e.g., ursodeoxycholic acid (Urso®), apremilast (Otezla®)). 

Sarcoidosis Facts

You may have a lot of questions about what life with sarcoidosis is like, so here are some facts to help you better understand this disease.

Do you think you may have sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnose because it does look like so many other diseases at first glance.  It is important to speak with your doctor about sarcoidosis and ask to be referred to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.  Your treatment may include several specialists because sarcoidosis may involve other organs of the body.  Remember to make regular appointments for check-ups with your doctors, as sarcoidosis may disappear and reappear over time.

To learn more about sarcoidosis, please visit the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research at www.stopsarcoidosis.org.

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According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD),  between 25 and 45 million people in the United States are affected by irritable bowel syndrome. Of those, 2 in 3 are female.  While most people with IBS are under 50 years of age, older people may be suffering from IBS as well.

Here are more facts about irritable bowel syndrome:

(Fact source: IFFGD)

How is IBS diagnosed?

Anyone suffering from bowel discomfort should seek medical attention.   In order to make a clear diagnosis of IBS your doctor will first run tests to rule out any other possible medical conditions. After that your doctor will use one of three diagnostic criteria to further diagnose IBS:

Manning Criteria:  These criteria focus on the changes in stool consistency, mucus in the stool, pain relief experienced by passing stools and having incomplete bowel movements.

Rome Criteria: These criteria focus on the pain the patient experiences, including pain and discomfort related to defecation, abdominal pain and discomfort experienced which may have been ongoing for at least one day per week in the last 3 months.  It also looks at how regular defecation frequency and stool consistency has changed.

The Type of IBS:   There are three types of IBS – constipation-predominant, diarrhea-predominant and mixed.

Your doctor may also order imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, and/or a colonoscopy to rule out other causes of your abdominal pain.

What are the Symptoms of IBS?

Prescription Zaxine for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Zaxine is the Canadian equivalent of Xifaxan.  Both contain the active ingredient rifaximin.

One of the most popular prescription medications for IBS is Xifaxan®.  Manufactured by Salix, this strong antibiotic is used to fight intestinal bacterial infections.  Unlike other antibiotics, it is not absorbed into the blood stream, so the active ingredient, rifaximin, only treats the infection in the intestinal tract, not other parts of the body.

Zaxine is available in 550 mg tablets.

Zaxine is also a known treatment for travelers who have eaten food contaminated with E. coli bacteria.  Known as “travelers’ diarrhea”, this condition presents with symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, bowel pain, and fever.

Zaxine is a prescription medication for irritable bowel syndrome.

Lifestyle changes to help treat irritable bowel syndrome

While prescription Zaxine for irritable bowel syndrome offers relief, there may be some changes that can be made in day to day living to help ease symptoms for some patients:

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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 a healthy diet and exercise, new medications on the market can help those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes better manage their blood sugar and live healthier lives. 

Januvia® belongs to the group of medications called DDP-4 Inhibitors.    Your intestines release a hormone called incretin, which causes your pancreas to raise insulin levels when your blood sugar is high and decreases the amount of sugar (glucose) made by your liver when there is too much sugar in your blood.  When your blood glucose levels are too high that is known as type 2 diabetes.

A1C (also called hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c) is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the last 2 to 3 months.  The American Diabetes Association recommends that A1C levels should be below 7%.  A1C goals, however, may be different for each person, so it is important to speak to your doctor about what your A1C goal should be.

Combined with other medications such as metformin, glimepiride or insulin, and with a healthy diet and exercise program, Januvia® can help treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. This medicine does not help patients who have insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes.

When taken without any other diabetes medication, Januvia®  is not likely to cause hypoglycemia (low sugar)because of how it works.  The main ingredient, sitagliptin phosphate, works more when your blood sugar is high and it works less when your blood sugar is low.   If you are taking another medication that can cause lower blood sugar, such as insulin or a sulfonylurea, there may be a risk for low blood sugar, so it is important to talk to your doctor and your pharmacist about what these medications do and how they can work together safely.

Januvia® is manufactured by Merck and comes in three different doses.

Januvia® can be taken with or without food.  Your doctor will want to do routine blood tests to ensure your kidneys are not negatively affected by your medication and to see how your blood sugar levels are, in case the dose needs to be adjusted.

Talk to your pharmacist to find out what to do if you miss a dose or if you are having negative side effects. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar as required by your doctor, and stick to your diet and exercise program as planned to help control your blood sugar.

If you are interested in taking Januvia® you may have questions for your doctor. Here are some things to consider:

Thanks to medications like Januvia®, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, type 2 diabetes can be better managed.  If you have questions about what prescription Januvia® can do for you, we would be happy to answer them.

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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, used by millions of type 2 diabetics in the United States.

Generic drugs, by law, must be identical inactive ingredients to the brand-name drug which was approved by the FDA. The dosage must be the same, as well as the listed side effects, usage, safety warnings and strength. 

The FDA states: “When a generic drug product is approved, it has met rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency.”

Still, there may be some differences in the inactive ingredients.  Inactive ingredients may be things like the flavoring, dye, excipients (aka the fillers or agents used to give the pill its size).  If a patient has a sensitivity or allergy to any of these inactive ingredients they may not be able to take that particular medication.

The other difference between prescription brand-name medications and generic medications is the cost. According to the Association for Accessible Medicines, generic medications have saved Americans over $1.67 trillion over the last decade.

If you are taking a prescription medication and are curious about the difference between generic and brand-name medications, we invite you to speak to one of our pharmacists.

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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 lungs).  It was during the clinical trials for the use of the medication as a heart medication that it was discovered that sildenafil was actually more effective at inducing erections in male patients.

Approved by the FDA in 1998, Viagra was then the first phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor ever to be approved to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). 

Learn more about erectile dysfunction and medications to treat it.

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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 the southern United States allergy season can start in January and in other parts of the United States it can start in April or even May.  According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (www.aafa.org) more than 50 million Americans experience allergies every year. In fact, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.

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There is some evidence that climate change may be a factor in the increase in allergies.  Between 1995 and 2011 the warmer temperatures in the United States have caused the pollen season to be anywhere from 11 to 27 days longer, creating more severe asthma attacks and causing more allergies. Source: www.aafa.org
 

While there may not be a cure for seasonal allergies, there are some medications that may help relieve the discomfort and symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Two of these medications are Nasonex® Nasal Spray and the generic equivalent mometasone nasal spray.

Prescription Mometasone Nasonex® Nasal Spray is the generic form of prescription Nasonex® Nasal Spray .  The active ingredient is mometasone furoate.

The active ingredient in prescription Nasonex® Nasal Spray is also mometasone furoate.

Mometasone furoate is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid used to treat seasonal and year-round allergies. It works by reducing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages.  In some cases, where acute rhinosinusitis shows signs of possible bacterial infection, Nasonex® may be prescribed as an add-on to antibiotic treatment.  It has also been used in the treatment of nasal polyps in adults over the age of 18 years.

Nasonex® Nasal Spray and Mometasone Nasal Spray are both available in 50 mcg sprays, either 140 doses, 280 doses, or 420 doses. 

Using a nasal spray is simple.  While your nasal spray will come with instructions, here is a basic idea of how to use a nasal spray:

  1. Gently blow your nose.
  2. Shake the nasal spray lightly.
  3. Remove the cap.
  4. Hold the nasal spray bottle upright, with your fingers on either side of the nozzle.
  5. Slightly tilt your head forward (not backward).
  6. Place one finger on one nostril to close it.
  7. Place the nasal spray nozzle in your other nostril.
  8. While pressing the applicator firmly between your thumb and fingers, inhale gently to allow the spray to enter your nasal passage.
  9. Exhale through your mouth as you remove the nasal spray nozzle from your nostril.
  10. Repeat the steps for your other nostril.
  11. Clean the nozzle completely before replacing the cap.

If you have questions about how to use a nasal spray or if you are apprehensive about using it, speak to our pharmacist who will help you understand the instructions and give you some suggestions for making using the spray more comfortable.

Dosage depends on the patient’s medical condition and response to medications.  Mometasone does not work immediately upon use, taking anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks for the medication’s full effect to be felt.   With this in mind, it is important to begin taking mometasone before allergy season begins. In some areas where pollen season is particularly bothersome, it may be a good idea to begin taking the medication up to four weeks before allergy season even begins.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription medications, over the counter medications, supplements or vitamins to make sure they do not interfere with your prescription.

While many people who take this medication will not experience any negative side effects, others may experience nose/throat irritation, dryness, and possible nosebleeds.  Always report any negative side effects to your pharmacist as soon as possible.

What can you do to help take the struggle out of allergy season?

Seasonal allergies are a truly uncomfortable nuisance that may be unavoidable. However, with medication and certain lifestyle changes, there may be some relief.

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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 that focuses on the liver, helping your body respond to insulin and control blood sugar.  This pill, when taken alone, rarely causes low blood sugar as it does not stimulate the body to produce more insulin.  Glucophage® is sometimes prescribed to be taken with another diabetes pill or with insulin to help control blood sugar levels, and will usually not interfere with those prescription medications for diabetes.  It is important to tell your doctor what other medications you are on, however, to make sure that the combination of prescription medications (and non-prescription medications and other supplements) is safe and will not affect your diabetes management.

Glucophage® has a few side effects that are usually minor and will usually go away after your body adjusts to the medication. These side effects may include minor upset stomach, mild nausea, or diarrhea.   Patients should be wary of the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if Glucophage® is taken with insulin, sulfonylurea agents, or other diabetes medications such as Starlix/nateglinide.

Metformin is a type of medication known as a biguanide. It works by decreasing the liver’s production of sugar (glucose). It also decreases the amount of sugar absorbed by the intestines.  Metformin also helps the body become more sensitive to the insulin produced within the body and, as a result, helps reduce blood sugar levels.  Metformin is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, which lists the safest and most effective medications needed in an effective health system.  In 2016 metformin was listed as the fourth most prescribed medication in the United States with over 81 million prescriptions for metformin.

Glucophage® is a brand-name product and contains the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride

Metformin is the generic form of Glucophage® and contains metformin hydrochloride.

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Both medications come with a patient information insert, which should be read carefully.  Both medications are usually taken with food to avoid upset stomach and are prescribed at a particular dosage depending on whether you are taking the medication alone or along with other diabetes medications. Your doctor will determine the dose of your medications and will monitor your blood sugar results.  Your medication may be increased or decreased as required by your doctor to achieve the blood sugar level control needed.

If you have questions about these or other medications, please contact our team at Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at 1-800-991-0282. One of our pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

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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:

Symptoms of ADHD can appear as early as 3-6years of age and can unfortunately be mistaken as simple bad behavior due to poor parenting skills. It is important to note that people with ADHD do not have it because they are less intelligent, are “behaving badly” or are defiant.

There is no cure for ADHD, but there are treatments that can and often do help reduce symptoms and improve day to day functions. Often a combination of treatments such as psychotherapy, education, behavior therapy and prescription medication may help patients.

Strattera ® (atomoxetine) for ADHD

Strattera® (atomoxetine) is a non-stimulant medication used for the treatment of ADHD.  It is the first non-stimulant medication approved by the FDA. It works on a particular chemical in the brain that transmits nerve impulses, known as neurotransmitter, called norepinephrine.  By Strattera® increasing the amount of norepinephrine in the brain the patient may see a decrease in hyperactivity and improved impulse behavior as well as an increase in their ability focus and their attention span.

Unlike psychostimulants that are often used as treatment for ADHD, Strattera® does not cause many of the side effects such as sleeplessness. Still, when Strattera® is started there may be side effects such as nausea, drowsiness and abdominal pain when the medication is first started.   Because Strattera®is not a controlled substance, there is less chance the patient will become dependent on it or abuse it.

Side effects of Strattera® in adults may include:

Side effects of Strattera® in adolescents and children may include:

Other side effects and reactions, such as an increase in suicidal thoughts in teens have been reported while first taking Strattera®. Always speak to your pharmacist about potential concerns with this or any other medication you may be taking.

Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, or a history of heart disease. It is also important to tell your doctor if anyone in your family, including yourself, have ever had suicidal thoughts, low blood pressure, liver disease, depression, mental illness, psychosis or bipolar disorder.

Strattera® Capsules

Strattera® is available in 10mg, 18mg, 25mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg and 100mg capsules

Adult dose:

Initial dose: 40mg tablet once a day.

Maintenance dose: 80mg/day after at least 3 days at the initial dose level

Maximum dose:  up to 100mg/day after at least 2-4 days at the maintenance dose level.

Pediatric dose

Strattera® is prescribed according to the weight of the child or adolescent taking the medication. The total dose in children and adolescents should not exceed 1.4mg/kg or 100mg, whichever is less.

70kg or less:

Initial dose: 0.5mg/kg/day

Maintenance dose: 1.2mg/kg/day after at least 3 days at the initial dose level.

Maximum dose: 1.4mg/kg/day or 100mg/day, whichever is less.

Over 70kg:

Initial dose: 40mg/day

Maintenance dose: 80mg/day after at least 3 days at the initial dose level.

Maximum dose: 100mg/day, whichever is less.

If Strattera® is to be used for an extended period of time your physician should reevaluate the effectiveness of the medication on a regular basis.

Further information on Strattera can be found at the following link: Learn More

If you have questions about this or other allergy medications, please contact our team at Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at 1-800-991-0282. One of our pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

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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 be a result of several factors, including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, other prescription medications, stress, injury, or other factors.  Your doctor will look at your medical history and possible psychosocial factors, and determine the best course of treatment for you.  Fortunately there are prescription medications like Cialis and tadalafil which can help.

Cialis is a prescription medication used to increase blood flow to the penis so a man can attain an erection when sexually stimulated.    It is the brand name of tadalafil, which is the main ingredient.   Cialis does not lead to sexual arousal and must be taken under medical supervision.

Tadalifil was approved by the FDA in 2003 for the treatment of ED.  Currently it is also used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland).

Tadalifil is the generic equivalent of Cialis.

Cialis comes in almond shaped yellow tablets and is available in 5, 10, and 20 milligram (mg) doses.

The usual first dose is 10mg at least 30 minutes before sexual activity, with the maximum single dose being 20mg.

Cialis can be taken as needed, but it should not be taken more than once every 24 hours. A daily dose of 10mg to 20mg is not recommended as some of the active ingredient does remain in your system for 24 hours.  Some patients may be able to take Cialis Daily, a 5mg dose which may be lowered to 2.5mg daily if they expect to be sexually active at least twice a week. However, dosages do depend on the needs of the patience and its effectiveness, so speak to your doctor and pharmacist about your particular needs.

What is the Difference Between Prescription Cialis and  Prescription Generic Tadalafil?

Cialis is manufactured by Eli Lilly Inc. while generic tadalifil is manufactured by several generic manufacturers including Auro Pharma Inc. and Teva. The other difference is the cost:

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Both medications are otherwise identical.  If you have questions about prescription medications and their generic equivalent we encourage you to speak to one of our pharmacy representatives who would be happy to answer your questions in total confidence.

In 2015 the FDA issued a warning about counterfeit tadalafil pills being sold in the United States.  It is always important to purchase your prescriptions from safe, certified sources such as CanadaOnlineHealth.

How to take prescription Cialis for best results

Who Should Take Prescription Cialis and Prescription Generic Tadalafil?

If you are experiencing problems attaining and maintaining an erection for sexual intercourse speak to your doctor to see which course of treatment is best for you.

Further information on Cialis can be found at the following link: Learn More

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