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  • Joint Comfort Supplement Studies

    I am a spokesperson for the Osteo Bi-Flex brand and have received compensation as part of the partnership, however, I assure that the content is factual and all opinions are my own. INTRODUCTION Approximately 1 in 5 Americans has joint comfort concerns according to the CDC. Needless to say, this is something...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Magnesium for Migraines

    hile there are many prescription options for migraine sufferers today, there are also many reasons why these prescription options may not be appropriate for all patients.  As such, finding effective OTC remedies is critical to our approach to dealing with patients who suffer from migraines.  One product,...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Say Goodbye to Neosporin – Say Hello to Vaseline!

    distinctly remember being instructed on how to identify signs of infection related to small topical cuts and wounds.  We looked for increase in redness, swelling, warmth and pain.  An infected wound was an automatic referral to the doctor.  It still is.  Don’t mess around with infection.  However,...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Head Lice – What You NEED from the Pharmacy

    Got lice?  Don’t freak out.  Head lice (scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis) is a very common problem, most frequently encountered by school-aged children.  If you are a parent reading this article, it does NOT mean your child has poor hygiene or that your home is unsanitary.  It...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Should I Try Melatonin for Insomnia?

    “Dear Honest Apothecary, I have a hard time falling asleep at night.  My friend suggested melatonin.  Should I try it?” I’m glad you asked. A lot of attention has been given lately to melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pea-sized pineal gland in the brain. ...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Product Review: Nexium 24HR

    Nexium (esomeprazole) 24HR is the latest medication for heartburn to become available for patients without a prescription.  As such, it joins the ranks of Prilosec OTC, Prevacid 24HR and Zegerid OTC as the fourth “proton pump inhibitor” to go OTC (over the counter).  adsenseyu2 This move...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Product Review: Nasacort Allergy 24HR

    Watch out allergies!  A new weapon has entered the OTC (over the counter) market in the battle against nasal congestion, runny/itchy nose and sneezing due to allergies:  Nasacort Allergy 24HR.  In this article I will briefly review this product and tell you what I think of it.  I am a pharmacist, and...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Talking to Patients about Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 5 Tips

    As a pharmacist I often spend as much time dispensing “information” as I do dispensing medicine.  That’s what I’m here for.  And I love it when my patients come to me with questions.  One of the most challenging types of question I get is about the utilization of alternative...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Is Coffee REALLY Good For You?

    It was Hippocrates who apparently said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  If, by “food” he intended to include coffee, he might not have been too far off.  Lately there have been a slew of studies lending support to the idea that coffee may in fact be a potent prescription for...

    Author : Jason Poquette
  • Are Supplements Dangerous? A Pharmacist’s Perspective

    I get a lot of pharmacy-related emails.  Maybe 30-50 per day.  Most are news briefs and articles on prescriptions, healthcare and trends.  I consider it to be part of my job to try and stay current, recognizing that I inevitably cannot keep up with everything.  At best I can scan the headlines and skim...

    Author : Jason Poquette