Gabapentin is a prescription medication available in the U.S. to treat a variety of conditions. This article, written by a pharmacist, focuses on the possible side-effects of gabapentin.
This article is a brief summary of the available prescription nasal sprays for allergy symptoms. As a pharmacist, these products often provoke many questions. This information should help understand the available...
Growth Hormone deficiency is a rare and often misunderstood condition. This article reviews the disease and highlights some of the available forms of treatment.
This article is a summary of the whale watching options in Massachusetts. Also included is some information you need to consider about going on a whale watch.
All medications cause side effects...but why? This pharmacist-written article briefly explains why side effects occur while taking medications.
Itching, according to one medical definition penned over 300 years ago, may be defined as "an unpleasant cutaneous sensation which provokes the desire to scratch." Not a bad definition as far as definitions go, in my...
Of all the prescription medications available, few have such a wide range of uses as prednisone. Chances are that you, or someone you know, has taken prednisone before. Maybe it was after a severe allergic reaction, a...
Some churches which are members of the OPC in the NY and New England Presbytery, along with links to their sermon pages.
Magnesium citrate (also known as Citrate of Magnesia) is a laxative. It belongs to a family of laxative products known as "Saline Laxatives." These products are intended to evacuate the contents of our intestinal tract...
If you are reading this article purely for the sake of learning something new - BE THANKFUL! If not, and you are one of the "fortunate" folks who have to replace or repair their septic system in Massachusetts, due to...
Ambien (zolpidem) is an FDA approved sedative for the treatment of insomnia. Side effects of Ambien (zolpidem) are discussed in this article. Also, methods for managing such side effects are also addressed.
Preface: This article is being written by the author for 2 reasons. First, Coca Cola actually has a "medicinal" history; it was created as more of a "treatment" than a "treat." Second, the history of Coca Cola - and its...
Oxecta is a new medication for pain which contains oxycodone in a unique formulation. This article explains what Oxecta is and how to use it safely. Oxecta is a prescription medication and is only available through...
Levoxyl is a thyroid hormone tablet used to replace our own "home made" thyroid hormone when a patient's thyroid gland does not produce enough. Specifically, it is what we call "T4" which is the more active form of...
Biologics are an effective way to treat plaque psoriasis and several are currently available in the U.S. This article will outline the use of biologics for psoriasis and provide some helpful resources for patients...
Do modern pharmacies dispense placebos to patients? Is it possible that you have actually been given a prescription placebo? Ever wondered? I have been a pharmacist for nearly 20 years. During that time I have...
In a previous article I have described and explained the various prescription muscle relaxants that are on the market in the U.S. That article has received over 300 questions and comments. Therefore, I thought it was...
This article is about the prescription medication known as Methotrexate. Most people will never take this medication, and many will not have ever heard of it. But for those suffering from various forms of arthritis or...
Although most individuals consume sufficient iron in their diet, and therefore do NOT need to take extra iron, sometimes a patient will be told by their physician to take an iron supplement. You may be surprised to...
Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco are common prescription medications for pain. This article compares the ingredients and offers suggestions for deciding which might be appropriate in various circumstances.
Puzzles. We all enjoy them. But where did they come from? Who was the first one to provide us with this pleasant pastime? In this article I will briefly discuss this history and origin of several popular puzzles. But...
Are you ready to be sick? Sure, you hope to stay healthy, hope to avoid injury, hope to keep your home bacteria-free and virus-free. We all do. But you know as well as I do that sickness is coming. Yes, when you least...
Hydroquinone is a topically applied skin bleaching (whitening) ingredient available both by prescription and in several OTC (over the counter) products. Why would you want to bleach your skin? First, just to be clear,...
This article summarizes some of the negative aspects of the pharmacy career. It briefly reviews the challenges and difficulties of retail pharmacy employment.
A brief but comprehensive review of the topical prescription drugs for acne. An excellent resource for patients with acne looking for prescription acne treatments.
This article reviews available forms of fentanyl, a potent prescription pain reliever. Fentanyl comes in a variety of dosage forms and must be carefully administered to appropriate patients only.
According to data recently released from IMS Healthcare Information, the top 10 prescription drugs currently dispensed in the U.S. are as follows: Hydrocodone/Tylenol (brand name Vicodin) Simvastatin (brand name...
This is a pharmacist-written article about the prescription drug tramadol. How tramadol works, how to use it safely and side effects are discussed.
Serotonin syndrome is a serious and potentially dangerous condtions which may result from interactions between certain prescription drugs. In this article a pharmacist briefly explains the nature of serotonin syndrome,...
The prescription at the top of this article was written in 1903 (3-23-03). Both the doctor and the patient have long since left our society on this side of the counter, so I'm sure neither will mind if we examine this...
Maybe we are just dull. Maybe our mediocre medicinal milieu simply makes us an impossible profession for even the most proficient pen to portray pleasingly. The poor pharmacist! For many years America's most trusted...
Leg cramps are a frequent problem for many adults. This article briefly reviews both the medical and non-medical approaches to treating leg cramps.
Black Friday came a week early for many patients when, on Friday November 19, 2010, the FDA announced they were requesting the withdrawal of ALL propoxyphene containing prescription medications in the U.S. Many patients...
This article briefly describes the background to the recall of the once popular painkiller, Darvocet.
Chances are that you know someone with asthma. In fact, if there are just 15 people in your family or extended family, then it is probable that you are related to someone with asthma. Asthma effects about 20 million...
This is a brief but very complete review of the Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. We stayed here in 2010. I offer this review to help make your vacation choice easier.
As a rule, discussions about prescription medications are not especially emotional. For example, there is nothing particularly controversial about treating chronic constipation. Dosages of diuretics can be, well, rather...
This is a brief article about the 3 prescription drugs used specifically to treat fibromyalgia pain: Cymbalta Lyrica Savella The word "fibromyalgia" comes from the combination of several Greek words, and it...
Getting ready to go on vacation? Planning a week or two away from home? Filling your medications while you are away can be a concern. Here are suggestions from an experienced pharmacist.
Why do prescriptions run out of refills? And when they do, what do you do about it? As a pharmacist, I am aware that this is a frustrating problem for many people.
Pulmonary Hypertension is a disease state which causes hardening and narrowing of the pulmonary arteries. This article introduces some of the most frequently used medications to treat it.
One would think, in the age of Google and Yahoo, doing research on your prescription or OTC (over the counter) medication would be simple. Just punch in your drug name...and TADA...up pops the most useful, relevant and...
The "statin" family of medications are used to lower blood cholesterol. This article is intended to introduce this class to patients and provide some examples of medications in this family.
The Puritan pastor Matthew Henry (1662-1714), best known for his commentary on the entire Bible, made this insightful remark concerning the death of Jesus Christ: "One reason why He died the death of the cross was that...
Let’s face it: America is overweight. Well, at least 66% of us, according to information from the National Institute of Health. If you are a man, the number is nearly 73%. Therefore it should be no surprise that...
Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin are frequently dispensed prescription medications. This article briefly describes what they are and how they are safely to be used.
This brief article summarizes all of the currently available prescription medications for insomnia. A pharmacist provides practical advice for treating insomnia.
What is an SSRI? SSRI stands for "Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor." Chances are, even if you did not know what "SSRI" stood for, you would recognize the names of several popular prescription drugs that fall into...
This article explains the category of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (also known as PPIs). Available products, dosing and side effects are covered.
I haven't won many competitions in my life. But at our recent church chili cook off, this recipe took FIRST PRIZE! I have made this chili several times, and have tweaked it to get the flavor and consistency that...
What is naltrexone? If you have tried to find a simple and straightforward answer to this question you may be somewhat frustrated by this point. As a pharmacist, I receive questions like this all the time. My goal in...
C.S. Lewis, the famous author and Christian apologist, once wrote an essay entitled 'The Problem of Pain.' His approach was a philosophical one. I, however, am not a philosopher, but a pharmacist. His approach was to...
Fanapt is a medication used to treat schizophrenia. This article reviews this drug and provides some information for patients about using it safely.
Attention sandwich lovers! Of all the classic sandwiches, none compares, in my opinion, to the remarkable Reuben! The origins of the Reuben sandwich go back to the early 20th century, although there is some...
Many allergy sufferers have exhausted every OTC (over-the-counter) option for treating allergy symptoms. These include products such as Benadryl, Tavist, Chlor-Trimeton, Claritin, Zyrtec, and many more. But there are...
Great recipe for oven roasted potatoes. This classic is a family favorite. I'll share my secret recipe with you.
As many as 5.2 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Named after the German psychiatrist, Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and is presently both incurable and...
What is an MAO inhibitor? What does it treat, how does it work, and what are the risks associated with taking it?
Prescription muscle relaxers have a broad ranges of uses, both for acute and chronic illness. In this article, a pharmacist presents all of the currently available prescription muscle relaxers.
Remembering to take your medications, and how to take them safely, is the key to successful medication management. This article reviews important information for patients about taking medication.
“Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car” ~E.B. White, One Man's Meat, 1943 I enjoy driving. For me, flying just means paying money to move at 400 mph and 35 thousand feet above...
It is estimated that upwards of 2 out of 3 adults in the U.S. suffer from occasional heartburn. The symptoms of heartburn generally include a burning and painful sensation beneath the chest along with a feeling...
This article is a summary of the available prescription medications used to treat migraine headache. Both preventative and acute treatments are discussed.
In my experience as a retail pharmacist, nurses have an excellent background to transition into a pharmacy technician career.
One of the best ways to save money on prescription medications is to use generics. What are generics? Generics are identical medications to their brand-name counterparts, but are available at a much lower cost. How can...
"Preaching" has gotten a bad rap. Today it has often been ruined by greedy television "evangelists" pawning off their "preaching" to mindless masses who empty their wallets in hopes of that promised prayer for health...
Now where did I put my notes for this hub??? Just kidding. Our capacity for memory, and how to improve our memory, has been one of my hobbies since I was young. I have read books written by memory masters like by...
Pickled eggs. You either hate them or LOVE them. Well, for the pickled egg lovers out there I have worked on a "spicy" recipe for some time and I think it is now just about perfect! The result is not only the TASTIEST...
This article explains what pharmacists do, providing background into the retail pharmacy profession and how to become a pharmacist.
Your doctor just handed you a prescription. Ugghh. You feel the cold sweat beginning to form on your anxious brow. A knot starts to develop in the pit of your stomach as your mind wonders which of your retirement...
MY COPAY IS WHAT??????!!!! You're angry. Actually you are so mad you could bite the through the child-proof cap on your prescription bottle and spit plastic bullets through the pharmacy tech! Your copay went up...