Month: February 2017

Americans’ use of supplements, prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) medications has been steadily increasing over the past couple of years. This increase can sometimes put patients at risk for complications and interactions. Believe it or not, a lot of over-the-counter medications can actually interact with your prescription medications (and affect how they work) without you even realizing it. Understanding… Read More

It’s always exciting when a medication that once required a prescription becomes available over-the-counter. The ability to purchase a medication easily from the grocery story or pharmacy saves time and money! Recently, the FDA approved Xyzal (levocetirizine) as an over-the-counter treatment for the relief of allergy symptoms. The approval of Xyzal Allergy 24hr adds another antihistamine… Read More

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Esophagitis is the term for irritation and injury to the mucosal lining of the esophagus. Medications are a common culprit and medication-induced esophagitis will give you pain behind the sternum (retrosternal pain) or heartburn 60% of the time. Other symptoms include pain with swallowing or the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat. Medications… Read More

The FDA recently ruled that Pylera will now require a boxed safety warning on its labeling. A boxed warning or “black box warning” is the most serious warning regarding potential side effects and is used to call attention to serious or life-threatening risks. What is Pylera indicated for? Pylera is used in combination with omeprazole to treat stomach… Read More

Manufacturer Perrigo Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall for clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide gel (1.2%/5%), a topical medication used to treat acne. This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but… Read More

In 2014, we watched ebola spread through Western Africa, killing thousands of people, and even making its way to the United States. The most challenging part for doctors and scientists is that there has been no cure or vaccine for ebola—until now. Recently, an experimental vaccine for ebola was created and tested by Merck, the pharmaceutical company known… Read More

If I had to describe constipation in one word, I would say the majority of people would agree that its uncomfortable. Not only can constipation be uncomfortable, but it can also be frustrating and painful for people of all ages. Constipation can be caused by the medications you take, the diseases you’ve been diagnosed with, how old… Read More

Since proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are now one of the top ten medications prescribed, and are readily available over the counter, there has been growing concern about the long term use of PPIs like omeprazole, pantoprazole, and esoeprazole. Many folks stay on these medications for years to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), so as with… Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, this year’s flu has reached epidemic proportions in 37 states. An epidemic is a sudden increase in the  number of case of a disease, above what is normally expected in the population of a certain area. This year, according to the… Read More

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that affects nearly 18 million Americans. Worldwide, eczema affects 15-20% of children and 1-3% of adults. The signs and symptoms of eczema differ from person-to-person, but may include symptoms like dry sensitive skin, itchiness, dark colored patches of skin, or areas of swelling. The FDA recently approved… Read More