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Amy's 50th Birthday Surprise: High Cholesterol

Just after my 50th birthday last year, my cholesterol levels were awful. I was very hesitant to take statins due to personal autoimmune conditions plus a family history of adult-onset diabetes and requested time to really clean up my diet. Unfortunately, after three months of eating clean, my levels had gotten worse and a prescription was required.

Oct 11, 2022

Everyday Health

Why are your kidneys so important?

Nov 28, 2022

Your kidneys' primary role is to eliminate waste and extra fluid from your body. The waste products and extra fluid are stored in the bladder and removed through the urine. Overall, there are 3 key roles your kidneys are responsible. Filtering your blood to remove waste products, maintain your body's water and electrolyte balance, and releasing several crucial hormones

Everyday Health

Psoriasis

Nov 22, 2022

Psoriasis is a chronic (long-term), autoimmune skin disease that typically affects the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. This skin condition tends to lead to a rash with itchy, scaly spots.

Everyday Health

Quitting Smoking: A Difficult But Important Decision

Nov 17, 2022

Smoking cigarettes is well known as being harmful to your health. Still, many people knowingly continue to smoke due to both the addictive nature of smoking and the difficulty associated with quitting. Nicotine is physically addictive, and smoking habits are psychologically addictive. This makes it difficult to stop smoking because of the large mental and physical urge to smoke. Therefore, it is very important to set up an environment in which smoking cessation is most feasible.

Everyday Health

Why Can't I Crush or Split Certain Pills?

Nov 16, 2022

For medications with special coatings, crushing the tablets can make the medication ineffective or even dangerous for you. It also leads to a loss of medication throughout the process of crushing and mixing that can lead to unsafe variations in dosage. If you find swallowing a medication difficult, speak with your healthcare provider (HCP) about possible options to make the medication administration as easy as possible.

Everyday Health

Women's Health

Pharmacist's Review On Latisse

Nov 15, 2022

Latisse is the brand of a generic prescription medication called bimatoprost topical ophthalmic (0.03%). Prostaglandins are a naturally occurring substance, and Latisse is a synthetic version of it and has the same main ingredient as Lumigan, a medication used to treat glaucoma.

Mental Health

What Does Sleep Have to Do with Epilepsy?

Nov 10, 2022

It has long been well established that sleep and epilepsy are closely linked. Specifically, a lack of sleep has been associated with a subsequent increased risk of experiencing a seizure. The actual cause of this association is not fully understood, but it is thought that somehow this lack of sleep lowers the threshold in the brain for experiencing the abnormal electrical activity of a seizure.

Generic For Gilenya

Nov 9, 2022

Gilenya is an immunomodulator commonly used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Immunomodulators help prevent neurodegeneration (breakdown of neurons in your brain) or repair damaged nerves. They are essential for treating individuals who have multiple sclerosis (MS), particularly those with late-stage progressive multiple sclerosis.

Gut Health

Things You Should Know About Lansoprazole

Nov 3, 2022

Lansoprazole is a medication in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Proton pumps usually release acid into your stomach to make stomach acid. Stomach acid is essential for getting nutrients out of your food and breaking it down to components we can absorb. However, sometimes this acid gets to places it normally shouldn’t be and this can cause pain and injury.

Cholesterol

Do Statins Cause Dementia?

Nov 2, 2022

Concerns arose in 2012 after the FDA warned that statin users had complained of acute cognitive impairment while using these medications. As a result, to measure the strength of the relationship between statin therapy and the risk of dementia, a meta-analysis study was conducted.

Gut Health

Save Time & Money by Ordering Omeprazole in Longer Supply

Nov 1, 2022

Omeprazole is one of the most commonly prescribed medications we see at Marley Drug. It is very frequently prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and duodenal ulcers, as well as other throat and digestive system conditions. Price of omeprazole can range from $11 to $110 depending on the dose and dosing frequency. You can get omeprazole for $70/year from Marley Drug regardless of dose.

Mental Health

The Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder

Oct 28, 2022

Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Though it is not as widely discussed as other mental health issues, it’s very common and can greatly interfere with the lives of those with the condition. The mental health condition is characterized by episodes of mania and/or hypomania ("highs") and depression ("lows").

Everyday Health

Monkeypox: What You Should Know

Oct 27, 2022

In 2003, there was a significant epidemic of monkeypox in the United States. As of the year 2022, almost all states across the nation have reported cases of monkeypox due to the ongoing outbreak.

Mental Health

6 Things You Should Know About Sertraline

Oct 26, 2022

Sertraline is termed an antidepressant, however, it’s indicated to treat more conditions than just depression. Depression has been thought to be exacerbated by a decrease in serotonin levels, so increasing the amount available to send signals has very positive effects on depression. Most of the other mental health conditions that sertraline has been approved to treat are anxiety-based. Sertraline is helpful for these conditions because serotonin also works to decrease the overactive thoughts associated with OCD and social anxiety disorder.

Mental Health

What to Expect During the First Few Weeks on Antidepressants

Oct 25, 2022

Antidepressants are medications prescribed to treat a number of mental health conditions. The main mental health conditions that antidepressants are prescribed to treat are anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder) and mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and post-partum depression).

Women's Health

What is Bacterial Vaginosis and How is it Treated?

Oct 21, 2022

Women between the ages of 15–49 years are at a higher risk for developing bacterial vaginosis. The likelihood that a woman would have this condition tends to rise the more sexual partners she has, even though bacterial vaginosis is NOT characterized as a sexually transmitted disease.

Cholesterol

Fighting Insurance For Medication You Need

Oct 19, 2022

Being diagnosed with high cholesterol can be stressful enough. But when your insurance won't cover the medication that your doctor recommends, you’re faced with a problem that plagues millions of Americans.

Cholesterol

Heart Health

What Do Your Cholesterol Test Results Mean?

Oct 13, 2022

A cholesterol test not only measures the level of cholesterol in your body, but also three different types of fat: Low-density lipoproteins (LDL): the “bad cholesterol” and main cause of cholesterol build-up. High-density lipoproteins (HDL): the “good cholesterol” which transports excess cholesterol to the liver to then be excreted Triglycerides: a fat that is linked to heart disease.

Mental Health

Treating OCD with Medication

Oct 12, 2022

Some people experience obsessions or compulsions without it being considered OCD, such as the desire to keep your room tidy or wash your hands after touching a public doorknob. However, it’s not characterized as OCD unless these obsessions and compulsions are repeated, cause distress and interfere with your life. The distress can come from the urgency of the obsessions and compulsions, or most commonly, can appear if something gets in the way of you completing your compulsions.

Cholesterol

Amy's 50th Birthday Surprise: High Cholesterol

Oct 11, 2022

Just after my 50th birthday last year, my cholesterol levels were awful. I was very hesitant to take statins due to personal autoimmune conditions plus a family history of adult-onset diabetes and requested time to really clean up my diet. Unfortunately, after three months of eating clean, my levels had gotten worse and a prescription was required.

Blood Pressure

Heart Health

Amlodipine (Calcium Channel Blocker): Doses, Uses, and Side-Effects

Oct 7, 2022

Amlodipine is used for treating high blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers that helps to relax blood vessels so blood can flow easier. It also helps to relieve chest pain (angina) especially when it is brought on by exercise. However, it should not be used to treat chest pain when it occurs.