Prescription Drugs

31 Mar: Abilify vs Latuda vs Seroquel: Which is Best for Schizophrenia?

Abilify (aripiprazole), Latuda (lurasidone), and Seroquel (quetiapine) are three FDA approved medications that are grouped in a drug category called atypical antipsychotics and used to treat both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. While each medication is capable of treating these conditions, each has slight differences that determine how suitable they are for a patient. As a result, this article reviews some critical differences and similarities between these three medications. What Are Antipsychotics Psychosis is a medical term that occurs when a person either hears or sees things that are not there. Having beliefs or ideas that do not conform to reality can also be part of psychosis. Psychosis can be part of various conditions including bipolar disorder, personality disorder, schizophrenia, and…

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27 Mar: Chantix vs Zyban: Which is Best for Quitting Smoking

The Centers for Disease Control report that cigarette smoking results in more than 480,000 deaths each year. Smoking also results in various other adverse health consequences like emphysema that can greatly disrupt the quality of a person’s life. Understandably, people pursue many options to combat the urge to smoke including the two FDA approved medications, Zyban (bupropion) and Chantix (varenicline).  Understanding the Chemical Reactions Behind Smoking Chemical neurotransmitters in a person’s brain are responsible for regulating our moods. Two chemicals that perform this task are dopamine and noradrenaline. Dopamine is closely associated with the brain’s reward award. Some addictive substances cause an increase in dopamine and as a result an increased sensation of pleasure. Noradrenaline creates different experiences. When levels…

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26 Feb: Plavix vs Effient vs Brilinta

If you are one of the millions of Americans with acute coronary syndrome who recently experienced a heart attack or stroke, you have likely been prescribed a blood thinner. Blood thinners can help prevent potentially dangerous clotting within arteries or stents. The most commonly used blood thinner is Plavix, but two newer medications to the market are Effient and Brilinta, and they serve similar purposes. There are some important differences between blood thinners, however, and it is critical to know what they are. How Antiplatelet Medications Work Antiplatelets are a type of medication that stops blood cells (platelets) from grouping together and creating a blood clot. While platelets create a blood clot to stop bleeding in your injury, sometimes platelets…

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22 Feb: Prozac for OCD: Pros, Cons and Medication Guide

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a relatively common mental health disorder. About two percent of American adults suffer from some form of OCD. Degrees of severity can vary from patient to patient, ranging from mild to severe. Luckily, while there is no cure for OCD, patients have medication options for treating and managing it. Here are some of the key benefits of using Prozac for OCD: What Is OCD? Before we discuss the benefits of Prozac, let’s take a closer look at what exactly this condition is. This will help establish what treatment protocols are the most effective. The primary symptom of OCD is being caught in a cycle of compulsions and obsessions. People often think of obsessive neatness and…

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18 Feb: Differences Between Viagra, Caverject, and Edex

If you are deciding on a type of erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, be aware of your options. Many people are aware of erectile dysfunction pills like Viagra. There is also a medication class called Alprostadil, which includes Caverject and Edex. Deciding which type of medication is best for you involves understanding some important issues. Viagra as a First-Line ED Option The first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction is medication referred to as PDE-5 inhibitors. Available as oral tablets, patients often find these medications more comfortable and easier to take than Alprostadil. Viagra is a popular PDE-5 inhibitor for men who cannot achieve or sustain erections due to erectile dysfunction. While Viagra helps men who cannot keep or sustain an erection due…

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11 Sep: 10 Early Drug Allergy Signs & Symptoms You Should Know

What is a Drug Allergy? Allergens are not necessarily dust particles or other foreign particles only. Medication can cause an allergy to some people. The immune system treats the drug or medication as a foreign substance, which leads to reactions like hives or rashes, bowel disturbance, difficulty in breathing, among others. This reaction is referred to as a drug allergy. Taking too much of these medication causes adverse drug reaction (ADRs). It can also occur if the medication taken reacts with another drug in your system. This allergic reaction, however, subsides often after a day or two when the medication has been discontinued. Drug allergies are rather annoying and serious, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis, which is a severe condition that…

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03 Aug: This Is How Escitalopram Can Benefit More Than Just Your Mood

If you suffer from depression, you may feel that no one else understands the pain you’re going through. Yet, the reality is that depression affects 40 million adults in the United States alone. This makes it the country’s most common mental illness. Are you on the fence about whether to get help? If so, it’s important to know there are medications, such as Escitalopram, designed to reduce anxiety and depression. They work by restoring the balance of chemicals in your brain, helping you feel more like yourself. This knowledge could be lifesaving. Though the condition is prevalent, only one-third of those in the U.S. suffering from depression seek medical treatment. In Canada, one in four residents suffers from a form of…

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24 Jan: 7 Silent Symptoms of Diabetes That You Need to Know

Diabetes a metabolic disease that inhibits the body to produce or respond to insulin the way it is meant to. This results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and raised blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels stay high because the body does not release the much-needed hormone, insulin. Depending on what factors are causing the raised blood sugar level, diabetes can be diagnosed as either type 1 or type 2. American Diabetes Association statistics show that a stunning 25% of people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. Normally during digestion, the body is able to turn foods into glucose. The blood then distributes the glucose to the body’s cells. This is when insulin typically steps in to convert…

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09 Sep: High Drug Prices are the Problem — Is Bernie Sanders the Solution?

Prescription drug prices are already excessively high, and they are continuing to rise at an astronomical rate. The United States has some of the most expensive prescription medications in the world, and their average annual spending is significantly higher than Europe or Canada. These medication are required for survival, but patients are being forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and having enough money to eat. This problem is widespread, but there are a few people who are fighting for a solution. An oncologist issued his attack in June at a medical conference sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. He rebuked the industry for nearly doubling the monthly cost of cancer drugs in the past decade. Even among Americans with…

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01 Jul: Top 10 “Most Important” Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

If you’re looking to have a safer and healthier experience taking medication, here is a list of the top 10 “most important” tips for safe prescription drug use: 1) Keep An Updated Prescription Drug Worksheet If you really want to understand your medications and desire to prevent any possible adverse drug reactions to what you take, there is no more important step than this. It’s especially needed if you’re going to a doctor you haven’t seen before and they don’t have your medical history. It’s done by gathering all of your medications together and taking them to your primary doctor so a drug worksheet can be made. Make sure you even include over-the-counter medications as well to keep your doctor abreast…

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28 May: How Long is an Open Vial of Insulin Good For?

Once an insulin vial is punctured and open there is a limited amount of time that the vial can be stored before it becomes unsafe to use. Many people who use insulin will have left over medication in the vial because of the size of their daily dosages. Different insulin products have different time limits on being able to store it safely and it can be hard to track and remember. Not all types of glucose will have the same expiration time on open vials. They not only vary by type but also by the drug used. Here’s a help list to refer to for the proper length of time to store open (punctured) vials: Long-Acting Insulin Levemir: 42 days…

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01 Apr: Statins: 5 Things Everyone Ought to Know About Cholesterol Medication

Statins, less commonly known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of medications used by people who have high cholesterol. High cholesterol poses risks for potentially fatal events such as strokes and heart attacks if not treated properly with the necessary medications and/or lifestyle modifications. Your cholesterol level is made up of both “good” and “bad” components, as well as other miscellaneous components. HDL is good cholesterol, and LDL is bad cholesterol. Statins are meant to decrease your LDL levels. According to studeies supported by the American Heart Association, statins have been scientifically shown to lower these levels by 45 percent, though this number varies with the particular drug and dosage that is used. These medications play a major role…

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25 Mar: Post Nasal Drip Cough Medicine that Actually Works

People who have a post nasal drip cough should realize their condition is now being called upper airway cough syndrome (UACS). This is a situation where a person has a cough for a long period of time with nasal congestion. It is often caused by mucus dripping down the back of their throat. This causes a person to have a regular sensation they must clear their throat. UACS can cause a person to have a hoarse voice as well as wake up in the morning with something noticeable in the back of their throat. UACS can result from a person having an allergic or a nonallergic reaction to something in their environment. It could also be the result of sinusitis….

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17 Mar: 11 Common Prescription Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

Heredity or the aging process are the obvious candidates for blame when someone begins losing hair. Other factors attributed to this issue might be stress, illness, surgery, child birth, chronic iron deficiency, thyroid disorder and a questionable diet with protein and caloric restriction. However, prescription medications that can cause hair loss often turn out to be the reason. 11 Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss Blood pressure medications are ACE Inhibitors and include Lisinopril or Captopril. Atrial fibrillation patients or with other arrhythmias take Amiodarone (otherwise known as Pacerone or Cordarone), this pretty rare and doesn’t occur all too often. Statin drugs that like Simvastatin (Zocor) or Atorvastatin (Lipitor) help lower cholesterol. Other medications that can cause hair loss include…

Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

10 Mar: Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

Canadian Pharmacy Meds is this month’s featured 5-star licensed online pharmacy. Canadian Pharmacy Meds is an online international pharmacy that offers a number of benefits to customers, including great savings, optimal online ordering, secure delivery fulfillment, wonderful customer service, and a exclusive Canadian Pharmacy Meds coupon code, read on to find out more! Canadian Pharmacy Meds Coupon Code Customers can save big on brand name and generic prescriptions. This pharmacy carries a “Lowest Prices Guarantee” seal on its site”, and they mean it. They offer up to ninety percent off the normal retail price of most medications. Additionally, you the reader, in addition to the already impressive savings offered by this pharmacy, can save even more using this exclusive Canadian…

Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions...

05 Mar: Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions…

Most patients being treated for hypothyroidism are prescribed levothyroxine, also known as Synthroid, its brand name. In fact, nearly 12 percent of women are on the drug for life. Most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroiditis, hypothyroidism is defined by thyroid underactivity. Thyroid Drug Interactions If you aren’t feeling optimal despite receiving thyroid replacement, you may be experiencing the effects of thyroid drug interactions. In some cases, the cause of thyroid medication not working is reduced absorption because of these interactions. All patients being treated for hypothyroidism should receive regular lab tests to monitor TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone. If TSH levels fluctuate wildly, getting thyroid medication levels just right can be more difficult. Thyroid drug interactions can result from use…

Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications Thanks to Online Pharmacies!

11 Feb: Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications

Fewer Americans Skipping Their Meds in 2014 With the high cost of prescription medications, many people have to face the tough choice between filling their supply of prescription medication or paying for essentials of life, like rent and food. Skipping doses of medication can be dangerous, lowering the overall efficacy of the drugs. Recent studies conducted by the Commonwealth Fund have reported the following alarming statistics: In 2012 roughly 50 million Americans, aged 19-64 years of age, skipped filling their scripts due to high cost. The numbers, slightly better in 2014, were still alarmingly high at 35 million people. Several factors are responsible for this increase in prescription obtainment: Obamacare has provided coverage for many, lower unemployment rates have translated…

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03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

Americans who do not practice or affiliate with any religion is growing—and rapidly. At the same time, Americans are more medicated than ever before and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Normal and prescribed drug use is ok and can help people with afflictions in many ways. However, substance abuse is on the rise. Clergy are taking note at America’s need to depend on Christ for healing and research has shown that those who regularly attend religious services are much more inclined to use prescription drugs safely, as they were intended to be used. The cost of substance abuse is astronomical. The cost in crime, illness, deaths, and medical costs should be enough to scare anyone sober. For those…

eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse – The New Epidemic

31 Dec: Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse – The New Epidemic

The emerging and insidious epidemic Americans should be worried about is not Ebola; it is prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse and it’s running rampant throughout the U.S. It is something that we all wish wasn’t a reality, but unfortunately it is and we can’t turn a blind eye. Prescription drug abuse is defined by the NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse as taking any medication is a way other than the way the doctor has prescribed. The NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse also states that prescription and OTC drugs are the most sought after drugs after alcohol and marijuana by Americans aged 14 and older. This abuse includes taking medication that has been prescribed for someone else, taking…

Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

23 Dec: Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

  Each month we will be featuring one of our pharmacies so that you can get to know them better and this month’s spotlight is on Canadian Pharmacy King. Canadian Pharmacy King is a licensed Canadian online pharmacy that is motivated by the belief that every person should be able to access affordable prescription medication, no matter where they live. Canadian Pharmacy King has been serving customers for over 10 years and is certified through Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Benefits of Shopping with Canadian Pharmacy King Canadian Pharmacy King offers their customers a number of benefits. At the top of this list is the guaranteed lowest price on all prescription medications. They also refer to themselves as the King of…

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16 Dec: Essential Flu Season Tips [Infographic] to Keep Your Family Healthy

It is now December and the flu season has gotten off to a slow start this year. However, it is coming and already cases have starting popping up, so it is best to be prepared. The first thing that comes to mind when we think about preparing for flu season is to get vaccinated, but this year the flu vaccine may not be the best defense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a press release stating that that this year’s flu may be more severe and that this year’s vaccine may not be entirely effective. Guessing Game Every year, experts at the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) play an educated guessing game as to…

FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

09 Dec: FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

Many pregnant women suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma and they have to take medication, such as Metformin, Sectral, and Alvesco, on a regular basis. They may also develop new conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, an infection, or morning sickness. In addition, the dosage of medications they took previously might change as their body changes during pregnancy. There are so many factors involved that it can be very intimidating for a woman to know what medication she can and cannot safely take. Previous FDA Drug Labeling System Up until now, the FDA has used an outdate letter system to label prescription drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The letters used in this…

Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

02 Dec: Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

When we picture someone taking medication frequently, even on a daily basis, we often think of the elderly. We also tend to think of this age group when we think of medication adherence. However, its not just the elderly that have a problem with adherence to medication. Anyone who is taking medication for a chronic condition or illness is reliant of daily medication. This includes people who take Metformin or Amaryl for the treatment of diabetes, those who take Ridaura or Imuran to treat rheumatoid arthritis, or those who take daily Lipitor or Crestor to manage their cholesterol levels. People of any age can take these medications and any of these people can have trouble adhering to their daily regimen…

Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

25 Nov: Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Antibiotics are prescribed on a daily basis, and when used under the right circumstances, they can help people recover from illness and even save lives, but it has been argued that they are over-prescribed. They can also have unwanted and very serious side effects that many people do not consider or realize when it comes to this type of drug. What to Watch Out For According to Jane Brody writing for The New York Times, the class of antibiotics that has some of the most severe side effects is also one of the most popular – fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones include drugs such as the well-known Avelox, Levaquin, and Cipro. Of these, Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin was the top-selling antibiotic in 2010,…

Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

18 Nov: Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

Cholesterol medications are taking by millions of people every day with the goal of lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol and increasing the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood. The Mayo Clinic has also indicated that cholesterol lowering medications might decrease the level of triglycerides, which is a type of fat, in the blood. However, these cholesterol medications bring with them potential side effects and everyone who takes them should be aware of these bad side effects. Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medications The Mayo Clinic has broken down the types of cholesterol lowering medication into eight subgroups. These are as follows: Statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor Cholesterol absorption inhibitors, such as Zetia Niacins, such as Niaspan Fibrates, such as Tricor and…

Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

28 Oct: Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

Anyone who is out of shape and overweight will more easily become breathless when doing physical activity. New research that has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has shown that obese and overweight children who have been diagnosed with asthma may have an unnecessarily high use of asthma medication. Simply put, many of these children don’t know how to tell the difference between an asthma attack and simply being out of breath. The Study The study included the participation of 58 children, who were split into two groups: obese and overweight children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile and leaner children with a BMI between the 20th and…

What is the Best Time to Take Your Medications?

22 Oct: What is the Best Time to Take Your Medications?

The majority of people tend to take their medication in the morning when they get up or at night when they go to bed. Taking medication as a part of a solid routine helps ensure the medication isn’t forgotten. Which makes complete sense, BUT that doesn’t mean that morning or night are the best times to take your medication. There are certain medications that are better taken at certain times of the day, according to the biological rhythm of your body and when that medication can be at its most effective. The following is a list of medications that are best taken at a certain time of day: Best Time to Take Asthma Medication Asthma medications taken orally, such as…

Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

21 Oct: Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

Recently, through the launch of a new online database last week the U.S. government revealed that in 2013, doctors were paid roughly $380 million by medical device and pharmaceutical corporations for speeches and consultations, all within a five-month time frame. Big Pharma spends almost $20 billion annually marketing their products to doctors, which yields profits upwards of $300 billion per year in drug sales. A handful of these doctors were paid more than $500,000 apiece. Others were paid millions for the drugs and devices they helped to create. Doctors insist that this money doesn’t influence what they recommend to their patients. However, it’s extremely difficult to imagine what purpose the payments would serve if not to increase product sales through prescriptions. eDrugSearch.com has…