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The Difference Between Lipitor and Livalo
June 16, 2021
High cholesterol affects about 38% of all adult Americans. Too much cholesterol in your body can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, two of the top causes of death in the United States. Read More
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Side Effects, Alternatives, Cost
May 11, 2021
Before and during menopause, estrogen and progesterone hormones fluctuate quite a bit resulting in unpleasant symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy replenishes these hormones providing relief. Read More
Why You Shouldn't Worry About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine You Took
April 21, 2021
FDA-Approved and Working Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccines Are Foreign Made. Read More
When You Can Head to the Pharmacy Instead of the Doctor
April 05, 2021
Retail pharmacists are the most accessible drug gurus in every community. You are able to ask your local pharmacist questions about your medications and general health concerns any day of the week. We’re here to listen and help. Read More
Compare Viagra vs. Cialis: Treatment, Side Effects, Cost
March 24, 2021
I have dispensed thousands of Viagra and Cialis prescriptions to patients throughout my career. In all my consultations, some men have success with Viagra, while others swear by Cialis. Some just go with whichever is cheapest. Read More
Compare Adderall vs. Adderall XR: Uses, Side Effects, Cost
March 08, 2021
Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts combo) has been around long enough to have a few duplicates on the market, Adderall XR included. Read More
Prescription Medications for Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating
March 04, 2021
Eating disorders have many etiological parents, from anxiety disorders to environmental stimuli. Thus, treating them is not always direct. Read More
10 Medications That Can Cause a False Positive on a Drug Test
February 25, 2021
Medical tests are notoriously wonky — the recent rapid COVID tests are known to show both false positives and false negatives — but drug tests are especially out-of-touch, particularly if you are currently taking medication. Read More
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen: Can you take Advil/Motrin and Tylenol at the same time?
February 23, 2021
Can you take Advil/Motrin and Tylenol at the same time? What is the difference between acetaminophen and ibuprofen? How much ibuprofen and Tylenol can I take together? How do you alternate Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen for pain? Read More
Pregnancy & Prescription Medication
February 09, 2021
About Pregnancy & Prescription Medication: Teratogenic Medications. What medications are safe during pregnancy? What is the safest way to take medication during pregnancy? Which painkiller is best? Read More
What is the fastest way to get rid of a yeast infection?
February 03, 2021
Yeast infections, also called vulvovaginal candidiasis, occur when the yeast culture candida albicans gets a little too comfortable in the vagina, triggering your immune system. What is candida albicans? How does candidiasis occur? What did I do to get a yeast infection? Read More
Does it really matter what time of day you take medications?
January 27, 2021
When it comes to taking prescription medications, timing isn’t always everything. Many patients wonder if the directions to take their meds at the same time every day are critical for peak effectiveness. Yes, there are several drugs where timing can be important. Read More
How to Treat Varicose Veins
January 15, 2021
Varicose veins are visible and sometimes raised veins that tend to appear on the leg. They are generally not malignant unless they cause extreme discomfort. Read More
What is a pharmacist's role in providing the COVID-19 vaccine?
January 13, 2021
Pharmacists play an integral role within community healthcare: they are on the frontlines daily providing medical consultations and vaccinations and have proven especially vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Compare Sleep Apnea Medications: Side Effects, Cost, OTC vs Prescription
December 03, 2020
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that happens as a result of minor respiratory failure. Read More
Toradol (ketorolac): The Drug Football Players Take for Pain
November 24, 2020
Approved by the FDA in 1989, Toradol actually has top players waiting in line to get a shot before each game -- and even sometimes practice. Read More
7 Tips for Preventing the Flu (from a pharmacist)
November 23, 2020
Influenza, aka the flu, is an illness of the respiratory tract caused by two main types of influenza viruses. Type A and Type B influenza viruses are the main culprits of the dreadful seasonal flu epidemics we experience yearly. Read More
How are cancer patients managing fatigue?
October 19, 2020
A cancer diagnosis spells more than just hair loss, the lesser-discussed hardship being exhaustion. Fatigue is extreme exhaustion; those suffering from it find that even everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth can feel debilitating. Read More
Should you participate in that clinical trial?
October 19, 2020
Clinical trials are necessary parts of the drug development process. The FDA requires approved drugs to have not one, but two “well-designed” clinical trials. But should you, a consumer suffering from a chronic condition (or not), engage in one? Read More
How to Make Medication Taste Better
October 07, 2020
Let's face it. Most medications taste disgusting. A major barrier for medication adherence in children (and even adults) is the nasty taste and smell that flood your senses before you take it down the hatch. Read More
Navigating Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season
October 02, 2020
How to travel during coronavirus: train, plane, automobile. Safety precautions you should adhere to during pandemic holiday travel. At this time, international travel is more restricted than domestic travel. Read More
What can caregivers do when siblings don't help with caring for your parents?
September 24, 2020
Building a support system for yourself as a caregiver should include a healthy dose of self-care in addition to financial and administrative support. Providing care for aging parents can be overwhelming, especially if other family members (such as siblings) do not have time to help out. Read More
U.S. insurers will pay 33% more for remdesivir than other countries
September 24, 2020
Everything comes at a price. But the experimental COVID-19 treatment remdesivir will come at a slightly higher price for U.S. commercial insurers than it will for other developed countries. Read More
About Marinol (dronabinol): Is it the same as CBD? What about medical marijuana?
September 10, 2020
Marinol (dronabinol) and CBD are quite different, and have divergent paths in terms of FDA approval and use. Dronabinol is pure THC, which is unique from cannabidiol (CBD). THC and CBD are two derivative chemical compounds of the cannabis plant. Read More
QUIZ: Guess How Much Americans Spend on These Common Medications
August 11, 2020
Take this quiz that reveals the outrageous drug prices Americans face daily at the pharmacy counter. Prescription drug costs have surged in the past 20 years. Read More
Do pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than research and development?
July 24, 2020
Pharmaceutical companies say that they charge high prices for medications because they need that revenue to invest in research and development (R&D). Read More
Can a pharmacist recommend medication?
July 14, 2020
Pharmacists are, indeed, your local drug experts. They are the most accessible health care providers for community questions about, not just about meds but your overall health. Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Warnings on Potential Treatments
June 01, 2020
The Latest on Coronavirus: Remdesivir Emergency Use. Vaccine Efficacy. Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, or Azithromycin Without a Prescription to Treat Coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing for COVID-19. Read More
Why is multiple sclerosis (MS) medication so expensive?
May 13, 2020
Generally, medical treatments for multiple sclerosis, a condition that requires lifelong care, are hellaciously expensive. This is true despite introductions of generic versions, and average U.S. retail prices are usually in the thousands of dollars. Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Pharmacist Tips To Protect Yourself
May 12, 2020
Now that COVID-19 has appeared in the U.S., you are not alone in feeling fearful or anxious about what lies next. The best thing to do at this point is to learn about Coronavirus and what you can do to protect yourself and your families. Read More
How much does the coronavirus (COVID-19) test cost? Should I get tested?
April 23, 2020
The COVID-19 test is just as controversial as it is necessary as a means to control spread of the virus. The test did not arrive in the U.S. until March, and, when it did, access was limited. Read More
How do I childproof my medicine cabinet?
April 07, 2020
We take you step by step on how to childproof your medicine cabinet at home. Keep kids away from prescription medications. Step #1 - Check the The Cabinet Itself Step #2 - Child Resistant vs. Child Proof Step #3 - Proper Storage | Be careful how you store your medicine. Read More
What is the best medicine for quitting smoking?
March 19, 2020
Unfortunately, choosing the best way to kick a smoking habit is not easy. Every patient is unique, and figuring out how to quit an addiction, especially with the wealth of options, may take some calculating. Read More
Which antihistamines don't cause drowsiness? How do antihistamines work?
March 10, 2020
Springtime is almost upon us! For some, it's their favorite season; for others (myself included), the fear of miserable allergy symptoms starts to settle in. There is nothing pleasing about the annual drama of itching, sneezing, watery red eyes, runny noses and congestion. Read More
Does my medication cause constipation?
February 26, 2020
Constipation isn’t exactly dinner table conversation, yet it’s something almost everyone faces at some point or another. Read More
What are the best over the counter (OTC) pain medicines?
February 25, 2020
Commonly, it’s headaches. Sometimes it's that occasional elbow to the nose or banging your knee on the corner of the bed in the dark. Read More
Which treatment is best for rheumatoid arthritis? How can I cut arthritis medication costs?
January 23, 2020
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects 54.4 million American adults. That means about one in four adults in the U.S. have arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. Read More
What is the best medicine for seizures?
January 20, 2020
Treatments for seizures are based on the cause. Treating the cause of the seizures helps prevent future seizure episodes from occurring. Treatments can include the following: Medication therapy, Nerve stimulation, Surgery for brain abnormalities correction, Ketogenic diet. Read More
Can I test cholesterol levels at home?
January 08, 2020
Hearing the word cholesterol, many of us feel frightened as if it is something we should completely avoid. Well, that would be a mistake – if not impossible! Cholesterol is actually nothing to be afraid of and something we actually need. Read More
Why can't I eat grapefruit while taking certain drugs?
December 26, 2019
It’s early in the morning, your brain has just started to warm up and it’s time for breakfast. For some people, starting each day with a glass of grapefruit juice is preferred! But this also happens to be the time when most take prescribed medications. Read More
Should I get a flu shot this year?
December 23, 2019
This recommendation is still relatively new. In 2010, the CDC voted to expand recommendations to every person above six months of age. Previously, the mandate had been that every person between six months and eighteen years should get a vaccine. Read More
How would Medicare For All affect my health insurance?
December 19, 2019
The upcoming 2020 election has ushered in the greater possibility of “Medicare for All,” an all-encompassing government-run medical plan that all Americans would eventually join. Read More
How does Clomid (clomiphene citrate) compare to other fertility drugs? How much does Clomid cost?
December 13, 2019
Clomiphene citrate, sold as the brand Clomid, is a medication that is used to treat female infertility. Clomid works by signaling low estrogen levels in the body; as a result, the brain increases the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Read More
What if Viagra doesn't work for me?
December 05, 2019
If you experience sexual dysfunction symptoms, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 31% of men are affected by symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Read More
What should I know about Vosevi (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir)?
December 02, 2019
The combination of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir, otherwise known as Vosevi, is a medication that is used to treat hepatitis C (Hep C or HCV) in adults. Read More
How do I prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes?
November 11, 2019
Over 100 million American adults have either prediabetes or diabetes, but according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, a prediabetes diagnosis does not have to equal a future with type 2. Read More
What is prescription drug step therapy? How does it work?
November 11, 2019
One important cost-controlling policy of insurance plans is step therapy, a process that exists to prevent patients from taking high-cost medications unnecessarily. Read More
What's the difference between a brand name drug and a generic drug?
October 24, 2019
The word “generic” can have bad associations. Some people hear it and immediately think of a “grocery store brand” bag of chips that might be inferior to the brand name product. Read More
How do women treat low sexual desire? Do Vyleesi or Addyi work?
October 21, 2019
Yes, if you are a woman experiencing a decrease in sexual desire, you are certainly not alone. Popular culture leads us to believe that when women aren’t interested in engaging in sex, it’s simply a result of being vindictive or selfish or, yes, boring. Read More
Why won't the pharmacist fill my prescription?
September 30, 2019
Pharmacists have a great deal of responsibility in patient care when dispensing medications within their local community because they are often the most accessible health provider in the neighborhood. Read More
Can a pharmacy fill a prescription early?
September 26, 2019
One hundred percent of the time you don’t pick up your medication, it will not work. According to the CDC, 3.8 billion prescriptions are written annually in the U.S. Read More
How can I travel with prescription drugs internationally?
August 22, 2019
People often pack their over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications while traveling. As they should! Read More
What are the best medications for Alzheimer’s dementia?
August 16, 2019
Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be hard, but with the right information, you can learn what to expect. More importantly, you can learn what to do next. Patients who have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel isolated, disconnected, or abandoned from others. Read More
Benzodiazepines: How to quit your addiction and get help
August 06, 2019
Getting help for yourself, a friend, or a family member is imperative. You can easily reach out to your health care provider for medical recommendations. Another great resource is drug abuse helplines. Read More
What food and drinks should I avoid if I have hypertension?
July 25, 2019
Almost half of all adults in the United states (103 million) have hypertension according to the American Heart Association. There is no shortage of prescription drugs out there to treat hypertension. You need to abide by your providers advice and prescription on this matter. Read More
How does Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression work?
June 19, 2019
Brexanolone represents a novel approach to the treatment of depression. Traditional antidepressants, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft (sertraline) and Lexapro (escitalopram), typically take 2 - 4 weeks to yield initial results. for people with depression. Read More
Is there a generic Tradjenta available? How can patients save money on Tradjenta?
March 19, 2019
Unfortunately, there is currently no generic version (i.e. therapeutic equivalent) of Tradjenta available in the United States. In the U.S., generic equivalents can only be approved and distributed once the patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for medication expires. Read More
How can I talk to my doctor about erectile dysfunction meds?
March 04, 2019
If you have been experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), loss of interest in sex, and problems ejaculating, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone. Read More
Is Prasugrel a safe, equal substitute for Effient?
March 04, 2019
Effient, the brand-name product of a prescription medicine containing generic active ingredient prasugrel, is a platelet inhibitor indicated for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events. Effient (prasugrel) is distributed in the U.S. by Eli Lilly and Company. Read More
Which is the best medication for anxiety?
November 12, 2018
At some point in our lives, we may develop feelings of anxiety that usually subside without the need for medication. However, a diagnosed anxiety disorder may call for therapy with a licensed professional and/or medication (i.e. psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy). Read More
What are the different types of insulin? Which work best?
November 01, 2018
When it comes to insulin, and drug therapies in general, people have different needs. That's why there are so many types. For years, insulin has been trusted by physicians to help lower blood sugar in patients. Read More
I am traveling and forgot my medication at home. What can I do?
June 27, 2018
Forgetting medication while traveling abroad, or even within the U.S., is an inconvenience in the best of circumstances; scary in the worst. Read More
Can a doctor self-prescribe?
June 21, 2018
It's typically legal for doctors to self-prescribe, except in the case of controlled substances, which you cannot obtain internationally at PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies. Read More
Compare Librax Alternatives
May 31, 2018
Librax is a medication that is safe and effective for the treatment of ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Read More
Do I really need to adhere to medication expiration dates?
April 24, 2018
Drug Expiration Dates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other drug regulatory authorities, such as Health Canada, require an expiration date on prescription and over-the counter medicines. The expiration date is located on the label or stamped directly onto the bottle or container. Read More
Are Revolade and Promacta the same drug? How much are they?
February 13, 2018
You can compare prices for Revolade 25 mg and Revolade 50 mg among verified online pharmacies on PharmacyChecker.com. You can also find international pharmacy price comparisons and U.S. pharmacy discount cards for Promacta 25 mg and Promacta 50 mg. Read More
Do Eliquis and Pradaxa work in the same way?
February 06, 2018
While both Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Eliquis (apixaban) are prescription medications used to lower the chance of stroke in people with a medical condition called atrial fibrillation, your healthcare providers, such as your doctor and pharmacist, are the best people to determine which medication is ri... Read More
Why isn't my medication listed on PharmacyChecker.com?
January 25, 2018
When using PharmacyChecker.com to find international online pharmacies and compare drug prices, it is important to make sure you enter the correct spelling of the medication name. Read More
Proctofoam HC vs. Proctofoam: Cost and Generic Alternatives
December 05, 2017
Both Proctofoam and Proctofoam HC are used to treat variations of swelling or irritation of the skin. Although both products contain the same active ingredient (pramoxine hydrochloride), Proctofoam HC is a combination product that contains pramoxine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone acetate. Read More
Is there any difference between Rasagiline and Rasagiline mesylate?
November 29, 2017
Rasagiline mesylate is the active ingredient in the brand-name product Azilect, a prescription medication used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Read More
Are Canadian pharmacies out of atenolol as the US pharmacies are?
November 12, 2017
Yes, the recent backorder of atenolol distributed by Teva Pharma has affected Canada in addition to the United States. Drug shortages and back orders by manufacturers can adversely affect drug therapy so it is no wonder consumers are concerned. Read More
How can I determine where a drug is manufactured?
October 15, 2017
Prescription drugs sold in the USA are manufactured in facilities located all over the world. Many medications you rely on are made in Australia, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Read More