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 prescription nasal sprays.
Growth Hormone deficiency is a rare and often misunderstood condition. This article reviews the disease and highlights some of the available forms of treatment.
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 by stimulating bowel...
Levoxyl is a thyroid hormone tablet used to replace the most active form of thyroid hormone (T4) that your body produces when your thyroid gland does not produce enough. Learn about some of the important side effects.
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 considering this form of treatment.
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 never had a patient ask me "Is...
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 appropriate to now build on...
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 cancer, methotrexate may be...
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 first, the word "puzzle"...
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 expect it, when you least can...
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 Zocor) Lisinopril (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, what causes it, and how to avoid 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 prescription together. Today,...
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 profession, but sadly so under...
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 are now looking for an...
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 Americans, 5 million of which are...
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 dull. But when it comes to...
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 simply means tissue or muscle...
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 accurate information about...
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 he might have liberty of...
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 weight loss products amount to a...
Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin are common prescription medications. This article describes what they are and how they can be safely used as well as my professional advice as a pharmacist.
This brief article summarizes all of the currently available prescription medications for insomnia. A pharmacist provides practical advice for treating insomnia.
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 apparently was a winner with this...
What is naltrexone? As a pharmacist, I'm frequently asked about this medication, as well as many others.
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 grapple with the existence of...
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 other options. Several...
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 degenerative. To make matters...
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.
“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 everything that interests me! Why...
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 of discomfort moving upwards...
This article is a summary of the available prescription medications used to treat migraine headaches. 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 they sell them for less?...
"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 and wealth. Most of it is...
Elance, found at www.elance.com, is a world-wide community of programming, writing, legal and marketing professionals waiting to bid on jobs posted by you! Because these individuals and companies are often (though not always) overseas, you can have...
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 eggs I have ever had, but also...
This article explains what pharmacists do, providing background into the retail pharmacy profession and how to become a pharmacist.
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 again!!! First...I want you to...