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

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

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

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

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How Prescription Duloxetine Helps Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

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

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How to Store Prescription Medication at Home

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

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Prescription Milnacipran for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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

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Understanding fibromyalgia – diagnosis and medication that help

Preparing for a Healthy and Safe Summer Road Trip 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 […]

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Ask the Pharmacist – Can I Share My Leftover Antibiotics With my Family?

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

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Try Yoga for Better Health and Stress Reduction

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

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Learn CPR Today to Save a Life Tomorrow

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

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Preparing for a Healthy and Safe Summer Road Trip

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

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How Prescription Blood Thinners Work to Prevent Blood Clots

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

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Finding Relief From Painful Gout with Prescription Colchicine

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

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Take Back Your Life by Using Prescription Myrbetriq for Overactive Bladder

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

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Can I Drink Alcohol and Take Viagra?

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

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

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

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Aricept and Generic Donepezil

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

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Prescription Glumetza® for Better Type 2 Diabetes Blood Sugar Control

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

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

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

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

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

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UV Exposure As We Age

UV Exposure As We Age Just How Harmful Is The Sun? Everyone looks forward to blue skies and warm weather, and summer is a great time to get outside and be active!  There is something to watch out for, however, and that is the danger of ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun is our main source […]

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Is It Heatstroke Or Heat Exhaustion?

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

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Highly Active Antiretroviral therapy (HAART) Medications to Treat HIV

Highly Active Antiretroviral therapy (HAART) Medications to Treat HIV As of March, 2019, it is estimated that approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What are HIV and AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.  It is a virus the […]

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Creon® for Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy

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

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

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

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How Vagifem® Helps Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

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

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

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

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Asacol – Prescription Medication for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

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

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How to Save Money on Your Prescription Medications

How to Save Money on Your Prescription Medications As the cost of prescription medications and healthcare in the United States continues to rise, new reports are showing that Americans are more concerned than ever about something that should not be a devastating daily worry – “will I be able to afford to be healthy?” Gallup […]

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What is a Statin Drug and How Does it Work?

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

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

Other names: Quinine sulfate / Quinine sulfate/ 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 […]

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How do prescription medications help you quit smoking?

Stop Smoking with Prescription Champix® 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 […]

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How to talk to your Doctor about Erectile Dysfunction

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

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What is Sarcoidosis: Symptoms and Treatments

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

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How does Januvia work to help type 2 diabetics better manage blood sugar?

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

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

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

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

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

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Healthy Tips and Medications to Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies.

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

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Glucophage® and Generic metformin – Is there a difference?

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

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

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

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What is the Difference Between Prescription Cialis and Generic Tadalafil?

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

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