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Katie Mui - January 04, 2018
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 will help you get through the worst of your symptoms.
1. Zinc works
A Cochrane meta-analysis from 2013 showed that zinc lozenges reduce the severity and duration of common cold symptoms. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 17, 2017
It’s not being overly dramatic to say that abnormal levels of potassium may actually kill you. Serum (bloodstream) potassium is an electrolyte, and imbalances are called hyperkalemia (when too high) and hypokalemia (when too low). Cardiac arrhythmias are a known serious outcome of both hypo- and hyperkalemia, and national statistics indicate that almost half of 1% of emergency department visits and 2% of hospitalizations for high potassium end in death. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2016
We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug screens really do happen.
A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - July 15, 2015
With all the flowers and trees blooming this spring and summer, seasonal allergies are at their peak as well. Whether you experience allergic symptoms every year around this time, or if this is your first year, you already know they can be quite a nuisance!
Trees, weeds, grasses, or blooming flowers can release pollen into the air, which in turn can cause hay fever. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis are fancy terms for your typical seasonal allergy symptoms. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 11, 2015
Post-nasal drip has a new name: upper airway cough syndrome or UACS. If you have a cough that won’t go away, along with nasal congestion, “dripping” mucus down the back of your throat, the sensation that you need to clear your throat, a hoarse voice, or if you wake up in the morning with “gunk” in the back of your throat . . . this may be you.
This very common cause of a cough that won’t go away, upper airway cough syndrome, can be allergic or nonallergic and may be related to a sinusitis. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - February 21, 2014
What comes to mind when you think about where to find medications for treating symptoms of a cough, the common cold, allergies, or sinus problems? Most people imagine being able to walk through the aisles of their local pharmacy or grocery store to find cough syrup, nasal decongestants, or cold tabs. However, sometimes these items are not where you would expect to find them—like behind the pharmacy counter. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - April 10, 2013
It’s that time of the year again—the sun is shining, the temperature is rising (a little later than usual) and the smell of spring is in the air. But with spring comes allergy season and all the sneezing, congestion, and runny noses associated with it. Here are your GoodRx pharmacist’s tips on how to cope during allergy season!
What to watch for:
Allergic symptoms occur when you’re exposed to an allergen (basically, anything you’re allergic to—commonly, but not limited to dust mites, dander, mold, and pollen), causing an immune response in the body. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 16, 2012
In my primary care practice, many of my female patients worry about taking over the counter medications when they are trying to conceive, afraid they may take something bad before knowing they are pregnant.
So it is important to know: what over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can you take while you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant?
First, what are the common things you will need OTC meds for?
– Cough and cold
– Skin rashes or hives
– Diarrhea or constipation
Now, there are some grey areas where doctors aren’t sure if a medication is safe or not because that medicine hasn’t been studied well enough in pregnant women. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 20, 2012
To avoid the 1 AM trip to the pharmacy you need to be well stocked at home. Headaches, pain, hives, fever, or an itchy rash may be easily remedied with over-the-counter meds. Here are ten things you and your family will face, so be ready:
1. Aches and pains: Toothache, pain from ankle sprain, tension headache