Category: Over the Counter

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Cold and flu season started earlier than usual last winter, and it’s right around the corner again. Flu season in the US typically runs from October through May, with peak flu activity occurring 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,… Read More

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Skin. It brings folks to the doctor every day. Here are the dos and don’ts all adults should know. What’s the difference between lotions, creams and ointments? This is the most important skin lesson to learn. Lotions are DRYING, so if you have dry skin, what you need is an ointment (not a lotion). Lotions… Read More

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With a difference of only two letters in their names, Sudafed and Sudafed PE look nearly identical and can be extremely confusing to the unsuspecting patient. Both are used to treat nasal congestion—but they are available in different strengths, have different active ingredients, and are kept in different locations in your pharmacy. What is nasal… Read More

Can I just change my proton-pump inhibitor? That’s a question patients with acid reflux and heartburn ask me all the time. Whether for insurance purposes, cost, or ease of refilling, can you just switch from one proton-pump inhibitor to another? Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like (Nexium), (Protonix), (Prilosec) and (Prevacid) are commonly used to treat acid… Read More

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In May, the makers of Vagisil, the popular over-the-counter cream for vaginal itching and irritation, launched Preventeza, their own version of the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). This is a good thing: with more options available from online and local retailers, emergency contraception becomes more accessible and more people can prevent unplanned pregnancies. We’ll walk you… Read More

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Have you noticed that your allergy medicines don’t work as well as they used to? You’re not alone. According to a national survey, 37% of allergy sufferers change their nasal allergy medicine at least once every few years because they’re not effective enough. Reviews of allergy medicines on Iodine.com support this phenomenon. Someone who recently… Read More

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Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain… Read More

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We’re pretty familiar with specific uses of popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications — Benadryl treats allergies, Sudafed clears your sinuses. But did you know, active ingredients in many OTC drugs are used to treat other diseases outside of your everyday ailments? Here are six active ingredients in popular OTC drugs and their surprisingly powerful alternative uses…. Read More

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Summer’s in full swing — complete with barbeques and beach parties, airplane rides and hotels. And that means lots of potential allergens. Whether you’re stay-cationing or vacationing, we’ve put together this packing checklist to help you plan for allergies so they don’t ruin your fun. 1) Pack allergy medications Refill prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications for… Read More

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Have a headache or a pulled muscle? Odds are over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen will do the trick. And unlike prescription pain medications containing opioids, OTC painkillers aren’t habit-forming, and likely won’t leave you groggy, dizzy, or even constipated. They’re also cheap and easy to find. All pharmacies carry both brand-name… Read More