Vaccines help to provide immune protection against common causes of illness such as shingles, COVID, and flu. It is particularly important for older adults to be current with their vaccinations since they are both more likely to get sick and more likely to have a severe illness when sick. Check [...]
Is Alzheimer's Disease Preventable? As human beings, we all struggle to remember or do something in our busy daily lives. For example, how many of us have forgotten a significant other’s birthday, a wedding anniversary, to turn off the stove, or take the keys with us before leaving the apartment? But being [...]
What is hypoglycemia? Throughout the day, your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) will fluctuate within a certain range depending on various factors. This fluctuation is normal. What is not normal is having the blood sugar fluctuate out of the normal range, either below it or above it. Hypoglycemia, or [...]
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are some of the most commonly used medications. They help relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. Many NSAIDs are available over the counter, including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. However, these widely accessible medications carry many serious, potentially life-threatening risks. For example GI bleeding or [...]
Understanding the “silent killer” High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a condition in which the force of the blood against blood vessels is consistently too high. Approximately every 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, but many do not even know they have it. People often refer [...]
Don’t go nuts over food allergens in your medications! This article will go over the various types of food-based excipients and what the risk is for triggering an allergic reaction. Why does my medication contain extra ingredients? Your medications are composed of two types of components: the active drug and [...]
As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, I tend to find myself wanting to go outside more. As a PNW native, once I see my weather app on my phone say “sunny” I try to plan more outdoor activities. However, with the direct sun, our skins become [...]
How can one of the most widely-used medications be so confusing? Why are there so many kinds and how do they differ from each other? What will make my birth control less effective? These are all questions that many people have asked and pondered about birth control, and sometimes it [...]
Can I drink alcohol with this medication? This is one of the most common questions pharmacists get asked when patients are picking up prescription and over the counter medications. This question is one that pharmacists welcome as we consider patient safety and drug-alcohol interactions. Alcohol can affect how a medicine [...]
You’ve just dropped off your prescription at your local pharmacy and the technician tells you it’s going to take 45 minutes to fill. You look around and there’s only one other person waiting for their prescription, so why is it going to take so long just to fill one medication? [...]
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