What are probiotics and why does my doctor recommend taking them after antibiotics? The “pro” in “probiotics” means good, so probiotics are the “good bacteria”. Our gut normally contains a population of good bacteria. They help with digestion and help with protecting our gut from the bad bacteria that cause [...]
What allergies do you have to medications? You are probably recalling years ago, perhaps even decades ago, of that time your parents told you had a rash to an unnamed medication ending in “-cillin” when you were a child, or that one time you developed a rash after taking something [...]
Why do Rx to OTC Conversions occur? A prescription medication (Rx) is converted to over-the-counter (OTC) when a common condition being treated is easily identified by patients and the medicine can be safely used by patients without needing to be monitored by a healthcare provider. Product Characteristic Requirements The consumers [...]
Question: Why can you cut or crush some tablets, but not others? Answer: There are many reasons why you may need to cut your tablets. Prescribers may ask patients to cut tablets in order to slowly go up or down on a medication dose. Additionally, now more than ever patients [...]
WHAT ARE COMMON PARASITES THAT CAN INFECT MY PET? Small companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can become infected with external and internal parasites. External parasites live on the outside of your pet's body, biting your pet to obtain nutrients from your pet's blood. Examples of external parasites include: [...]
Question: I always have difficulty swallowing pills, my body just won’t do it no matter how big or small the pill is. What can I do? Answer: Trouble swallowing pills is not uncommon. We might think there is something physically wrong, while others do it so easily. Most likely, trouble [...]
QUESTION: Are the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines safe since they were developed in a short amount of time? ANSWER: Yes, the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are safe despite that the time of vaccine development was short. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have been tested to show they are safe and effective. The testing was [...]
Make your diabetes management easier with technology! Diabetes has been affecting millions of Americans and it has been an unpleasant battle. Risk of having diabetes can increase the risk of stroke by 2 to 4 times higher and decease the survival from first heart attack by half. However, the latest [...]
What is the morning after pill? The morning after pill is a medication with a hormone (levonorgestrel) that prevents pregnancy from occurring up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. This is the same hormone used in many forms of birth control but in higher doses. How does it work? The [...]
Question: What kind of food should I avoid when I am taking medications? Answer: Many patients wonder when starting a new medication: Can I still have my morning latte? Can I eat salad as I usually do? Or can I drink a glass of wine at the weekend’s family dinner? [...]
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