Month: September 2013

Rosacea is a common problem and the redness and flushing that goes along with it is a bummer for rosacea sufferers. There are two good topical medications for the pimples and acne associated with rosacea: metronidazole and Finacea (azelaic acid) but there hasn’t been much help for the redness. Until now. Meet Mirvaso. First, a… Read More

Topamax (topiramate) is used for the treatment of epilepsy, migraine headaches and weight loss (as half of the new weight loss drug Qsymia). Now, there is a new long-acting Topamax called Trokendi XR. What’s the scoop with this new Topamax that’s hitting the shelves and is it any better than topiramate?   •  Trokendi XR… Read More

Each year the flu vaccine covers the strains of the virus that were most prevalent the previous flu season. This information is collected and released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the institute that also sets recommendations for vaccination. Following the recent H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak, each yearly influenza vaccination now covers H1N1 as… Read More

Just when you think you’ve heard it all along comes Xylazine. Xylazine is a medication used to treat spastic colon and abdominal pain in horses so yes, makes sense we’d add it to our illicit drugs right? Here comes trouble. Users of illicit drugs are now combining xylazine with other drugs of abuse and may… Read More

Flu season is around the corner. Influenza viruses cause the flu, and infection is spread through respiratory routes. Here is what you need to know in preparation. The symptoms: •  Sudden onset (symptoms start and worsen over several hours) •  Persistent fever •  Headache •  Muscle aches •  Fatigue, general malaise •  Cough •  Nausea… Read More

Ayurvedic medicine originated in India several thousand years ago. The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). So Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Here in the US, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a type of complementary-alternative medicine, and when it performs well in studies you should know about it…. Read More

Manufacturer McNeil Consumer Healthcare is recalling three lots of their Infants’ Motrin (ibuprofen). The recall includes only the Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles, and does not include the dye-free version, or any other children’s or adult Motrin products. Plastic particles were found in a lot that was not released for sale,… Read More

Another drug has been discontinued! The birth control pill Loestrin 24 Fe has been discontinued by the manufacturer, Warner Chilcott. If you or someone you know take Loestrin 24 Fe, here is what you need to know: What is Loestrin 24 Fe? Loestrin 24 Fe (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, and ferrous fumarate) is an oral contraceptive used… Read More

Less than half of folks diagnosed with heart failure today will be alive in 5 years. Those numbers are worse than most cancers. Management of symptoms and improving quality of life and survival with medications has been the promise, and beta blockers and ace inhibitors have delivered on this promise. But, the last few years… Read More