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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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So, you used GoodRx to compare prices for your prescription and found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Pharmacies want to make transfers as smooth as possible. Here are a few things you can to do keep things simple.   1) Get… Read More

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Did you know that there are certain medications out there that can cause forms of kidney damage? Don’t get me wrong. These medications can be life-altering and even life-saving—but they are known to directly affect kidney function. Medications that can damage the kidneys are known as “nephrotoxic medications.” These drugs can cause direct toxicity to the… Read More

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There’s so much controversy around the HPV vaccine, but what’s the final word? Is it safe for women and men? What about young girls and boys? The FDA just approved expanded use of the HPV vaccine to cover adults up to 45 years of age, in addition to children and adolescents, but vaccinating yourself or your child… Read More

In 2000, measles was finally declared eradicated from the US thanks to a mass vaccination campaign. Vaccinations were up and measles cases were down by 99%. Now, the opposite trend is occurring. Vaccination rates are declining, and measles outbreaks have happened as recently as 2015. There are two vaccines available in the US that protect… Read More

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For a really cheap and safe medication, spironolactone has many uses. From heart health to hair growth, this potassium-sparing diuretic is safe and effective. How does spironolactone work for so many conditions? When it comes to the heart, lowering blood pressure, and helping relieve edema, works by competing with aldosterone for receptor sites in the… Read More

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Did you know that the flu shot is just one of many ways to get vaccinated against the flu? Here, we’ll walk you through this year’s 13 flu vaccine options so you can choose the one that best suits your body and lifestyle! Although no prevention method will guarantee you won’t get sick, getting a… Read More

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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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Is metformin bad for you? There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about this popular medication. Metformin therapy may cause diarrhea and lower vitamin B12 levels, but most things you hear about metformin aren’t true. Here are some common (Glucophage) myths.   1) Metformin is bad for your kidneys. It’s not. There may… Read More

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Advair Diskus and Advair HFA are popular brand-name inhalers often prescribed for asthma, COPD or a persistent cough. The same great questions are raised by my patients every week about Advair. Let me share.   1) Is Advair a steroid? Yes. Advair is a mixture of a steroid (fluticasone) and a long-acting bronchodilator (salmeterol). It… Read More