Month: June 2014

Flovent HFA and Flovent Diskus can be tough to tell apart, with similar names and the same active ingredient. However, although both types of Flovent inhaler treat asthma, they are available in different strengths and most importantly, are used differently. What type of medication is Flovent? Flovent (in both the HFA and Diskus forms) is a corticosteroid. How… Read More

A low FODMAP diet equals a happy gut for some. FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) found in food. FODMAPs are substances that cause problems in two ways: they aren’t absorbed well so they tend to suck water in to the gut and they stick around longer so they are fermented by bacteria. The result is gas,… Read More

Patanol (olopatadine) and Pataday (olopatadine) can be confusing right off the bat due to the look-alike, sound-alike drug names. Although these medications have the same active ingredient and treat the same thing, allergic conjunctivitis, they come in different strengths and are used differently. What is allergic conjunctivitis? Allergic conjunctivitis is when the lining of your… Read More

The staph aureus superbug that is resistant to most antibiotics (aka MRSA) is the cause of many difficult to treat skin and soft tissue infections. Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections often get worse despite oral antibiotics, and when that happens it has meant admitting people to give daily treatment with vancomycin in the hospital. Not… Read More

Triglycerides are free fatty acids circulating in your blood. When you have your cholesterol panel checked with your doc you will see: triglycerides, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Triglycerides fluctuate depending on what you have to eat or drink but normal fasting triglycerides are < 160. Unlike with LDL cholesterol, studies haven’t shown that high… Read More

Bunavail (buprenorphine/naloxone), recently approved by the FDA, is a medication used to help with opioid addiction, along with counseling and support. Bunavail joins other medication treatment options like Suboxone already available to help with addiction. Your doctor will be able to help decide which option is right for you. When will Bunavail be available? Bunavail… Read More

Generic manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s is recalling two lots (about 13,560 bottles) of blood pressure med metoprolol ER (metoprolol succinate, or generic Toprol XL). The recall includes only the 25 mg tablet, 100-count bottle. The recall was initiated because the drug failed a dissolution test, used to show that the active ingredient in the medication will be released consistently, and have the same… Read More

Quite a bit of buzz around Namenda (memantine) for prevention of migraine headache. Namenda is a medication used to treat dementia, so why in the world would it work for migraine prevention? For people who suffer with 3 – 4 headaches a month and have been refractory or can’t tolerate other therapies, Namenda may be… Read More

Actonel (risedronate sodium) has been available since 1998 for the prevention and/or treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Now, as of June 11, 2014 the FDA has approved the first generic risedronate—and you’ll be able to find it on pharmacy shelves this month. What is postmenopausal osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to weakened bones, which… Read More

Half of patients with asthma or COPD aren’t using their inhalers properly. Inhaler mishandling has dire consequences—but inhalers are getting much better. With new ones hitting the market every month, you need to get to know them. Does it matter if your inhaler is a Diskus, Turbohaler or Ellipta? These are all dry powder inhalers… Read More