Month: October 2013

As we live longer, vision loss becomes a huge quality of life issue in our older folks. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older and there is a ton going on here. New stuff. Good stuff. Dry macular degeneration can progress to wet macular degeneration,… Read More

Nasacort Allergy was approved by the FDA last week for the over-the-counter treatment of nasal allergy symptoms. It is the first steroid nasal spray to become available over the counter in the US, so this is could be good news if you use any of the other similar sprays available, especially expensive brands with no generic… Read More

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) toxicity has become more of an issue, especially due to the rise of combination products. These include prescription pain medications (such as hydrocodone/acetaminophen, oxycodone/acetaminophen, butalbital/acetaminophen, acetaminophen/codeine and tramadol/acetaminophen) in which acetaminophen is used as a second pain reliever. It is also widely available over the counter, and many over-the-counter combinations that advertise pain or… Read More

The good without the bad? Duavee (bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens) is an advancement in hormone replacement therapy you will want to know about. This new combination pill approved for the treatment of hot flashes and prevention of osteoporosis works in a different way than all other hormone replacement therapy. The FDA has just approved Duavee 0.45mg/20mg tablets… Read More

The FDA recently approved a new antidepressant, Brintellix (vortioxetine) for use in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD affects an estimated 14 million people in the United States. Symptoms can manifest emotionally and physically and can affect cognitive function, causing mood changes and interferences in normal activities and affecting daily quality of life. Here is what… Read More

Older is not always better when it comes to diabetes medications. The class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas consists of old standard drugs like glyburide, glipizide, and Amaryl (glimepiride), and they aren’t as good as the new stuff. First-line therapy with sulfonylureas significantly increases the risk for death in patients with type 2 diabetes when… Read More

There are many options when choosing the right medicine for you or your child when it comes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Quillivant XR (methylphenidate extended release) is a relatively new alternative, and it’s the only once-daily liquid available. What is Quillivant XR? Quillivant XR contains the active ingredient methylphenidate, which has been used for… Read More

On October 1, provider status legislation SB 493 was signed into California law, expanding the role of pharmacists as health care providers. The law will go into effect this January 1, 2014. What does this mean for you if you live in California? First, pharmacists will now be able to both prescribe and dispense certain… Read More

Yes, we are still investigating this question. Cold and flu season is coming and vitamin C is often touted as a natural remedy for the common cold. Patients ask me about it every week. A 2013 look at several studies, a meta-analysis, of over 11,000 people did conclude that regular vitamin C supplementation (at least… Read More