Category: Over the Counter

Esomeprazole (Nexium) and omeprazole (Prilosec) and are two of the most popular prescriptions for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux), but which one is better? Many insurance plans don’t cover esomeprazole and instead want patients to use omeprazole. But is esomeprazole actually worth fighting for? Turns out, many clinical trials over the years have asked this… Read More

This is shaping up to be an especially tough year for people with allergies. With all the choices for allergy medications out there, how do you make sure you’re prepared with the best one? Here are three questions you should ask before popping that next allergy pill. 1. How long do my allergy symptoms last?… Read More

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Did you know that GoodRx can help you save on your pet’s prescription? It’s true – and now discounts for pet medications are accepted at Walmart, making it even easier to save money. As any pet owner knows, pets get sick, just like people. And pet medications are expensive. In 2015, Americans spent more than… Read More

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Did you know that GoodRx can help you save up to 80% on hundreds of over-the-counter prescriptions? GoodRx coupons can be used for popular non-prescription products, including diabetes test strips, Zyrtec, baby aspirin, vitamins, Claritin, nicotine patches and many more. WAIT! Before you head to the pharmacy, you need to know that using GoodRx coupons… Read More

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain and chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. However, there can be a downfall to long-term use of NSAIDS – they can increase the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) complications such as ulcers and bleeding. There are some NSAIDS, known as “partially selective NSAIDS,” that… Read More

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After practicing medicine for 20 years, I’ve become adept at “clarifying” to life insurance companies why patients are taking certain medications. The same medications appear to trigger red flags for both long-term care and life insurance companies.    Their “concern” makes sense for some medications because they are used for serious chronic illnesses, but for… Read More

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More and more women across the U.S. can now use hormonal birth control without going through the hassle of having a doctor prescribe it. 7 states – Oregon, California, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maryland – and Washington, D.C. now allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, saving women a trip to the doctor’s office…. Read More

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Although cold and flu season started earlier than usual this winter, you should still brace yourself as peak flu activity in the U.S. typically occurs around February. For the 20% of Americans who’ll come down with the flu this season, or catch one of the billion colds Americans get every year, here are some clinically proven tips that… Read More

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More than one in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. Fatigue is composed of three major components: generalized weakness (difficulty in initiating activities), easy fatigability (difficulty in completing activities), and mental fatigue (difficulty with concentration and memory). While certainly not the only answer, medications may cause fatigue. Here are some of… Read More

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Prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain, where the body is immediately reacting to trauma or injury. Each year, over 200 million opioid prescriptions are given out in the United States. Unfortunately, the rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths… Read More