The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 30, 2016
If you have ever had the flu, you know just how down and out you can feel. Besides feeling like a zombie, the most common symptoms of the flu include chills, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headache or vomiting and diarrhea.
With flu season peaking as early as December, it’s important to know the common signs and symptoms, and what can be done to decrease your days spent sick and in bed. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - August 19, 2016
Just in time for flu season this year—if you do happen to get sick, you’ll have the option to take the less-expensive generic alternative Tamiflu.
Are you ready? Flu season is concentrated in the fall and winter months (although you can get the flu year round). Flu infections peak during December and March but it can linger into May.
If you’ve ever had the flu you know how miserable it can be. The flu can keep an otherwise healthy person out of work or school for as long as 2 weeks. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 08, 2015
Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.
Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.
The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 08, 2015
This years flu vaccine was disappointing in its coverage of the influenza strains making folks sick. Because of this, we may have to rely instead on the antiviral medications used to treat influenza. Influenza medications are moderately effective for reducing the duration and severity of influenza when started at the onset of symptoms. These antiviral meds also help reduce the duration of viral shedding, important for limiting spread from person to person. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 21, 2014
It’s been a quiet influenza season so far—very quiet. It’s November and Los Angeles, for example, has seen almost no flu activity. This is good but failing to prepare may mean preparing to fail so though we are inundated with info about the flu, here are 10 flu facts you may not know:
- During the month of October, there has been almost no flu activity in Los Angeles County (LAC) and across the country. See More
Elizabeth Davis - January 09, 2014
There is currently a shortage of liquid Tamiflu, the oral suspension form of the flu treatment for children and adults who have trouble swallowing the capsule. The shortage, according to manufacturer Genentech, is due to high demand, and liquid Tamiflu should be back relatively quickly—by the end of the month according to the posting with the FDA.
The capsules are still available in all strengths (30 mg, 45 mg, and 75 mg), and in an emergency, they can be used to make a compounded liquid mixed by your pharmacist or healthcare provider. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 22, 2013
December and January are the high season for flu, and therefore, Tamiflu. Here are some things to know about the pill that may save you from a couple nightmare days.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 28, 2012
Beware of online pharmacies. Surprisingly, one–fourth of consumers buy prescription drugs online. Fraudulent and illegal online pharmacies offer deeply discounted products so it’s tempting to buy your medications without a prescription and at a cheaper price. But wait until you see the real deal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action this week against 4,100 Internet pharmacies selling counterfeit and illegal medicines. See More