Month: June 2013

Shingles (Herpes zoster) is viral illness that can occur later in life if you have had chicken pox (Varicella). It is a common illness in the elderly, and can cause significant discomfort. People with weakened immune systems are also more likely to get shingles. Shingles occurs when the chicken pox virus reactivates in the body,… Read More

After a long debate and following the most recent court order in April 2013, the FDA has announced that Plan B One-Step will be made available over the counter with no age restrictions. This means that all women of reproductive age will be able to purchase Plan B One-Step without a prescription, and without needing… Read More

Many new combination Retin-A + antibiotic (either clindamycin or benzoyl peroxide) gels exist. They do kick butt against acne but there are a confusing number of gels to chose from. If you and your doctor have decided to use a Retin-A + antibiotic gel combination to fight your acne then it would help to know… Read More

Starting July 2013, the current Combivent inhalation aerosol will no longer be available. Don’t worry though, as an alternative inhaler is already in pharmacies: Combivent Respimat! What is Combivent? Combivent (ipratropium and albuterol) is a combination medication inhaler used in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The two medications open the airways in your… Read More

Manufacturer Zydus is recalling one lot of their warfarin 2 mg tablets. Some tablets from the lot were found to be oversized, meaning they could deliver a higher dose than intended. With warfarin, this could cause problems with excessive bleeding. The lot being recalled is MM5767, and it expires June 2014. The NDC number (this will… Read More

Not a single medication is approved for treatment of binge-eating disorder, but that could change after results are released from a new trial using Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). What is binge-eating disorder (BED)? BED is the most common eating disorder, characterized by excessive food intake accompanied by psychological distress, but without the purging or fasting that are… Read More

Liptruzet is a new player in the cholesterol lowering game making an appearance as the second combination of Zetia (ezetimibe) and a statin drug—in this case, atorvastatin (Lipitor). Liptruzet is the combination of the active ingredient of Zetia called ezetimibe (not a statin) mixed with the well known statin atorvastatin, and will be used to lower LDL… Read More

20% – 50% of people living in the United States are low on vitamin D according to an estimate by the Endocrine Society, with even greater deficits in the elderly. Vitamin D is a hormone needed to absorb calcium and phosphorous. Without vitamin D, only 10% – 15% of calcium consumed can be absorbed, and only… Read More

Since 2010, use of diabetes med Avandia has been restricted to patients who weren’t able to control their diabetes using other medication options. Studies showed an increased risk of heart problems, and the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, plead guilty and was fined for witholding safety information about Avandia. On the panel that made the decision to restrict Avandia… Read More

This too shall pass—or will it? Kidney stones are painful. Childbirth painful. In addition to pain meds, how can we help you pass that stone quickly? Now we may know. Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) occur in 5% – 12% of the population and frequently on Friday afternoons. Eighty percent of them are calcium oxalate stones and… Read More