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Diagnosed with diabetes? Time to put your “big boy” panties on!

March 27, 2014

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Yesterday alone, I counselled 3 newly diagnosed diabetes patients under the age of 30. They were teary, scared, confused and felt almost hopeless. In addition to showing them how to “painlessly” prick their finger, and suggesting ways to get over the gag reflex of seeing their own blood; reassuring them that they could still live […]

Anxious about your colonoscopy? You don’t have to be

March 18, 2014

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Let’s face it, when most of us see or hear the word “colonoscopy” our butt cheeks clench involuntarily. Most of my patients complain that one of the worst things about turning 50, is the thought of going in for this particular procedure (you will probably need one earlier than 50, if you have a family […]

March 2014 generics

March 13, 2014

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This is a new series I will be writing every month, to help all my readers keep track of the new generics that have been approved by the FDA. As we all know, generics are usually considerably cheaper than their brand equivalents, and can save you a whole lot of money while you are on […]

10 ways to survive this spring allergy season

March 12, 2014

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Last Sunday, we “sprung forward” and a few of us uttered a deep groan – spring is literally in the air, in form of pollen. It’s that time of the year again; noses blocked, eyes watery and crusty, skin dry, and we’re sneezing up a storm. Let’s face it, even though this is one of […]

An easy understanding of the Affordable Care Act

August 13, 2013

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By now, we should all be familiar with the term Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare“. However there is a host of us that have no idea what its all about, and cannot be bothered to waddle through the technical jargon. I have therefore decided to compile a layman’s summary of how the Affordable Care […]

15 things your community pharmacists wish you knew

August 5, 2013

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You’re not bothering us by asking questions about your medication: When we say “do you have any questions?” this is not a rhetoric question, we really mean it. No matter how busy we seem to be, most states require pharmacists to counsel patients and answer their questions (this includes Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications and herbals). According […]

Diclegis: a new pill for morning sickness

August 2, 2013

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Key Points Approved: April 8, 2013 Generic ingredients: 10mg Doxylamine succinate and 10mg pyridoxine hydrocholoride Indication: Nausea and Vomiting associated with pregnancy in women whose symptoms do not improve with conservative management strategies Dosage instructions: two tablets (20mg) at bedtime on an empty stomach with a full glass of water Maximum dosage: 4 tablets a day […]

Dr. Internet will see you now

August 1, 2013

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A few years ago, long before I became a pharmacist, I “dry-swallowed” two tablets of Ibuprofen to combat a slight headache. I also took them on an empty stomach while laying belly-up on the couch. Why not? The pill bottle was right there, I was way too engrossed in my TV show, and the fridge […]

OSCAR bodies! The appeal of over the counter weight loss pills

February 25, 2013

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MUST. LOSE. WEIGHT. These were the thoughts of probably more than 50% of women watching the Oscars tonight, including myself. Trendy, slinky evening gowns on toned, skinny, size 0 bodies. How do these ladies stay so lean, trim and fab?! I know most of us revisited our New-Year resolutions tonight – DROP THOSE EXTRA POUNDS! […]

Ugh!…I woke up with a nasty cold sore, and I have a date tomorrow! What do I do??

February 23, 2013

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Always perfect timing isn’t, it? – That unsightly sore never fails to appear when you have a big day coming up: a wedding, presentation, a date etc. If you look hard enough, you can even see it transforming into a mutant monster (OK, I’m exaggerating, but I bet that how it feels sometimes). While it […]