Savings Alert: Diphenhydramine is available over-the-counter. You can use GoodRx coupons to save, but you will need to present a doctor’s prescription and purchase at the pharmacy counter. Learn More
Roni Shye - July 13, 2018
It’s summer, which means warm weather, days at the beach, and poison ivy. Every summer, people swing by the pharmacy with questions about how to get rid of their itchy rash.
If you do happen to come into contact with poison ivy this summer you may find the following tips particularly helpful:
The earlier you realize you have been exposed, the better
A poison ivy rash is a result of exposure to oil on the plant known as urushiol. See More
Benita Lee - July 10, 2018
We’re pretty familiar with specific uses of popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications — Benadryl treats allergies, Sudafed clears your sinuses. But did you know, active ingredients in many OTC drugs are used to treat other diseases outside of your everyday ailments? Here are six active ingredients in popular OTC drugs and their surprisingly powerful alternative uses.
1) Diphenhydramine (Benadryl and most Unisom products)
Benita Lee - June 20, 2018
Has your doctor ever asked if you’re allergic to any drugs? Luckily for most people, medicine allergies are not that common. But for the few who do have them, allergic reactions can be extremely dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about drug allergies before you start a new medication.
What are drug allergies?
When we talk about allergic reactions to drugs, we’re not talking about side effects. Side effects are the known common risks listed on the drug’s labeling. See More
Benita Lee - June 18, 2018
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 05, 2018
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Tori Marsh - May 16, 2018
Turns out, taking a certain kind of drug today is associated with an increased chance of dementia as many as 20 years from now, according to a new study.
The study looked at people who had taken anticholinergic drugs that are frequently prescribed for depression, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and allergies. People who had taken drugs from specific classes of anticholinergics had as much as a 30% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia later in life. See More
Benita Lee - May 08, 2018
This is shaping up to be an especially tough year for people with allergies. With all the choices for allergy medications out there, how do you make sure you’re prepared with the best one? Here are three questions you should ask before popping that next allergy pill.
1. How long do my allergy symptoms last?
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by environmental allergens like pollen in the air. Symptoms include itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2018
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a long-acting stimulant medication used in adults with ADHD, is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs. Given that 60% of adults who were children with ADHD have symptoms that persist to adulthood, long-term treatment may be necessary.
If you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, what are some lesser-known but important things you should know?
Vyvanse was the first medication approved for binge eating disorder. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 28, 2017
More than one in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. Fatigue is composed of three major components: generalized weakness (difficulty in initiating activities), easy fatigability (difficulty in completing activities), and mental fatigue (difficulty with concentration and memory). While certainly not the only answer, medications may cause fatigue. Here are some of the common culprits.
Beta-blockers wear many hats. See More
Roni Shye - February 23, 2017
It’s always exciting when a medication that once required a prescription becomes available over-the-counter. The ability to purchase a medication easily from the grocery story or pharmacy saves time and money!
Recently, the FDA approved Xyzal (levocetirizine) as an over-the-counter treatment for the relief of allergy symptoms. The approval of Xyzal Allergy 24hr adds another antihistamine option to the current OTC arsenal, but be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any over-the-counter medications to your regimen. See More