Category: Treatments

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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

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Synthroid (levothyroxine) is the most commonly prescribed medication in the US, and is used to treat hypothyroidism—often for a lifetime. Symptoms of hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid, may include fatigue, weight loss, anxiety and depression. Here are seven questions I get asked a lot about levothyroxine and thyroid hormone replacement therapy. What is levothyroxine? Synthetic thyroxine… Read More

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Whether from a new injury or an aggravated old injury, stiffness and soreness in the neck and back at night may lead to disrupted sleep and more pain in the morning. Muscle relaxants have been shown to help relieve this pain and get you through these tough days—used at night, these medications may improve acute… Read More

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Metformin is the first-line oral treatment for type 2 diabetes. It enhances the effects of insulin on the liver and skeletal muscles. That, we know. What we didn’t know until recently is how many benefits we would discover for metformin that aren’t related to diabetes, leading many to wonder if metformin is the Holy Grail…. Read More

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Doctors are commonly asked how to keep from spreading genital herpes from one partner who has it, to another who doesn’t. Did you know that “asymptomatic shedding” of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) can happen? This means you can contract HSV even if your partner doesn’t have actual sores on their genitals—but you can take action… 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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Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract leading to diarrhea, rectal bleeding and stomach pain. Close to one million people in the United States have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and many have to pay high costs for their expensive brand-name medications. Fortunately, the FDA just… 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

It may sound far-fetched, but a vaccine to prevent HIV is in the works and already being studied in humans. For the past 30 years, progress has slowly been made towards developing an effective HIV vaccine, but unfortunately, experiments have ultimately failed. This new vaccine seems to be giving researchers renewed hope. Recently, scientists have… 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 support this phenomenon. Someone who recently… Read More