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There is so much attention going to mental health now. It used to be a taboo thing. You were looked at strangely if you even mentioned someone having mental problems, much less admit that you may have a problem and you see a therapist. People are coming around now, and the more people who see a...
Everyone has heard of genetic testing, most likely those of Ancestry DNA or 23 You and Me. They are direct to consumer genetic testing kits to show you who your ancestors are or to give you a general idea of your DNA to better understand you. However, there are other ways that learning about your...
Pharmacists. Most people hear this word and think they are responsible for filling the prescription your doctor gave you, handing you the pills, and sending you on your way. The true acts and responsibilities of a pharmacist are not common knowledge. However, pharmacists do so much more behind the...
Is it okay to take Ibuprofen/Tylenol while using neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone otic solution?
It is fine to use these medications in combination. They are two separate dosage forms, they will not mix. READ MORE
Allergy medications such as Zyrtec and Claritin are fine to take. There are some suggestions that medications such as Benadryl are not ok because they can dry you out, however, it is under the discretion of the OB/GYN to decide if they are safe or not. There are new studies and information coming out about the first generation antihistamines. READ MORE
If you take anticholinergic medications while you are on cholinergic medications, they will cancel out. The anticholinergic will work against the cholinergic medication. There are no interactions with the other medications you asked about. READ MORE
There shouldn't be any issues. However, everyone responds differently to medications. It also depends on which medication you are taking and what exactly is in the supplement you choose. Always ask your pharmacist as they know more about the specifics of your medications and make sure to track any symptoms you may be having. READ MORE
A week is sufficient time to be off of pain medications before drinking alcohol. It is never recommended to mix the two, however, as long as at least three days have passed since last taking a pain medication, there should be no issues. READ MORE
You should not take an extra antihistamine pill with the Advil cold and Sinus pill. If the Allegra had a decongestant in it, then you doubled on that medication as well. You need to drink extra water, as the antihistamine tablets can dry you out, as well as the decongestant. READ MORE
With any injection you could get a reaction at the injection site including rash, redness, puffiness. However, it should go away after a day or two. Other than that, you should watch for your body retaining water (swelling), unexplained itchiness and rash, diarrhea, appetite changes, bladder infections. All of the side effects are very low risk, however, if you notice any, call your physician. READ MORE
For children, the max dose is normally 20mg. However, if the physician tried the doses and tapered them up as requested and the 15-year-old did not respond well until 30mg, then it is an acceptable dose. Just watch for any negative changes in behavior and side effects. If you are uncomfortable with the dose, you can spread with the physician and have them tell you why they chose that dose to ease your concerns. Mercedez Flanagan, Pharm.D. READ MORE
Most often, lamotrigine is used for bipolar disorder and is shown to improve symptoms dramatically. However, everyone is different and responds differently to medications. READ MORE
Tylenol is the only over the counter medication that is safe with blood thinner medications. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil), Aleve, aspirin, etc. are not considered safe with blood thinners. READ MORE
Melatonin is a safe supplement to take for sleep. It is the natural chemical in your body to help you sleep, so adding it in supplemental form will have no harm on your body with the other medications you are taking. READ MORE
I don't believe there are any long term side effects they are aware of. However, it can cause drowsiness and dizziness and increase your risk of falls. READ MORE
Yes. Lithium is often used to treat bipolar disorder. READ MORE
Adderall is a stimulant and stays in your system for quite a while, especially if it is the XR formulation. The reason they want you to quit is to make sure your body is completely rid of it so that it doesn't work against the anesthesia and give you the risk of waking up during surgery. READ MORE
The mirtazapine and pregabalin both have the risk of causing drowsiness and altered mental function. If you know that the medications don't cause any problems for you and don't cause you to be drowsy, then it should be ok to operate a forklift at work. READ MORE
If your medication is one that you could take at your first meal, then switch to taking it whenever you eat your first full meal. Without knowing what the medication is, I'm not able to fully answer your question. READ MORE
Most anxiety medications do not cause hallucinations. Doctors may use different classes of medications to help with anxiety depending no how severe your symptoms are. However, there are only a few that could possible cause hallucinations. READ MORE
There are no drug interactions between the two medications. READ MORE
If the foot pain is in your joints, I would recommend either Tylenol or Aleve. READ MORE
Type 2 Diabetics do take insulin shots. However, it is not the first thing prescribed to newly diagnosed patients. It can be prevented with diet and exercise as well as medications taken by mouth. If you take your treatment seriously, you can reverse the diagnosis and avoid taking insulin shots. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Arkansas Pharmacist Association
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- Sleep Apnea Control May Contribute to Stroke Recovery
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is characterized by repetitive closure of the upper airway during sleep. This closure results in a recurrent cycle of sleep disruption and possible hypoxia. Symptoms include loud snoring, feeling unrested when you wake up, and a general...
- Is Leukemia Hereditary?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects a person's blood cells, bone marrow, and lymphatic system. The symptoms associated with leukemia arise because of an increased level of immature or undeveloped white blood cells, also called leukocytes. This abnormality is caused by a mutation in the...
- The Positive Effect Laughter Has on Diet & Appetite
Researchers working on the benefits of laughter have found that both laughter and workout affect the appetite hormone the same way. “Having a good laugh and moderate exercise may provide similar benefits," says Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda...
- Penicillin and Other Drugs in the Same Class
About PenicillinPenicillin is an antibiotic derived from the Penicillium notatum mold. In 1928, a Scottish bacteriologist named Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Since Fleming's discovery, several penicillins have been derived through modifying the mold's original structure to produce...
- Aleve vs. Ibuprofen
OverviewAleve and ibuprofen are both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that have similar effects, but with important differences as well. Ibuprofen is an NSAID that is available under many brand names. The most common brands of ibuprofen are Advil and Motrin. Aleve, on the other hand,...
- What Is a Drug Interaction?
IntroductionAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 deaths annually happen due to unintentional drug poisoning. Moreover, the US Food and Drug Administration stated that four or more prescribed medications are concurrently taken by 40 percent of Americans,...