Month: May 2015

When you hear the phrase “a rare but serious side effect,” what comes to mind? With so many pharmaceutical commercials on television these days you may be be used to hearing that phrase. Statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin), are some of the most popular cholesterol medications, and they come with this “fine print”… Read More

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The generic versions of Ambien and Sonata (zolpidem and zaleplon) have dominated the market for insomnia medications. Zolpidem is available as a 5 or 10 mg tablet and Zaleplon 5, 10, or 20 mg tablets. If your insurance company covers one and not the other, how easy is it to change? How do the Z drugs… Read More

Whether you use one medication or fifteen, it is important to know exactly what your doctor has prescribed for youto make sure you get the right medication and dose each time. You should also know why your meds were prescribed, and how you are supposed to take them. It’s unfortunate but true that many people don’t know… Read More

On May 15, 2015, the FDA issued a warning for the newest class of diabetes medications, SGLT2 inhibitors. According to the FDA, the medications in this class may lead to a serious and life-threatening condition known as ketoacidosis. Which medications are considered SGLT2 inhibitors? Invokana (canagliflozin) Farxiga (dapagliflozin) Jardiance (empagliflozin) These medications also contain SGLT2 inhibitors… Read More

Medications these days are not only limited to traditional routes like taking a pill by mouth. A variety of new and improved dosage forms have been created with your best interests in mind. If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, or for example, if you’re a diabetic who doesn’t like needles, one of… Read More

Dry mouth isn’t just an annoyance, it can lead to serious dental issues. Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth and when it happens, you’ll want to know what’s causing it. Risk factors for dry mouth include medications, mouth breathing, older age, and a history of radiation therapy in cancer patients. Medical conditions that… Read More

Temovate (clobetasol) and Temovate E (clobetasol emollient) are strong steroid creams indicated for the relief of inflammation and itching associated with certain skin disorders. They have the same active ingredient, but they are not the same medication. The main difference? Temovate E is an emollient cream. When are steroid creams used? Steroid creams like Temovate and Temovate E are… Read More

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Follow these steps to help heal a burn and avoid making it worse: Cooling is the first step. Ideally, you can find a cooled saline-soaked gauze but cooled or room temperature water is more practical; this is your starting point. A common mistake people make is putting ice on the burn, don’t do this. Gentle… Read More

Obesity is a serious and costly disease—one that affects more than 34.9% of adults in the US. One medical option for some obese patients is weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, a voluntary operation to help qualified patients lose weight. Who qualifies? Most candidates typically have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal… Read More

Nexium (esomeprazole) certainly wins when it comes to marketing. While it is still available by prescription as Nexium 40 mg daily, there is now a generic esomeprazole and an over the counter form (Nexium 24HR) which is 22.3 mg. Yet somehow, Nexium is still the fourth best selling brand name prescription drug in the United States. Why is that?… Read More