Category: Treatments

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Deciding whether to wait out a sickness or head to the doctor’s office for antibiotics can be a tough choice to make. Untreated bacterial infections can have serious and deadly consequences, but side effects of antibiotics are no fun either. This post will give you an idea of what types of infections usually do—or don’t—require… Read More

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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is a major risk factor for not only lung cancer but heart disease and stroke. But how risky is it, really? Current smokers are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease and two times more likely to die from stroke… Read More

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Migraines, sensitivity to touch, fatigue and pain all over…that’s what folks with fibromyalgia deal with. For a long time, patients and doctors were frustrated that there were no definitive solutions for this often unbearable condition. Well, researchers looked into what people were doing to treat their pain—from meditation and exercise to prescription drugs—and published what… Read More

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Medicines are often approved by the FDA under different strengths, formulations and uses. Advil comes as both a tablet and capsule, for example; Singulair is approved for asthma and allergic rhinitis; and antibiotic cephalexin comes in 250 mg, 500 mg and 750 mg capsules. But some medicines have approved uses that depend on a specific… Read More

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Even though the newest shingles vaccine, Shingrix, is slowly making its way into pharmacies, we have some good news about shingles treatment! While you should still get your shingles vaccine, a new medication, ZTlido, has been approved to treat the pain that accompanies the shingles disease. ZTlido is known for its low dosage and high… Read More

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Over 150 children died from flu last season, according to the CDC. It bears repeating: the best way to protect your kids from the flu is to have everyone 6 months or older in your household vaccinated. It can be scary if your child starts showing signs of the flu (fever, chills, muscle aches, ear… Read More

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Cold and flu season is just around the corner. The common cold, often caused by rhinoviruses, is the most common human illness and comes with generally mild symptoms. The flu, caused by the influenza virus, can have more complicated symptoms. Both are contagious. So, what can you do to not get sick? That’s a question… 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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Endometriosis is a common cause of painful periods, pelvic pain and infertility, affecting more than 11% of women in the US ages 15 to 44. Unfortunately, non-surgical treatments for endometriosis have been limited. In fact, the introduction of Orilissa in July marked the first time a new endometriosis drug has entered the market in nearly… Read More

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There is widespread use of zolpidem (Ambien) for insomnia, but is it always safe? Occasional insomnia that interferes with your life or a disrupted sleep cycle due to travel are perfect opportunities for short-term use of the atypical benzodiazepine drug, zolpidem. After all, zolpidem at low doses (as low as 5 mg) for short periods… Read More