Medications Blogs

Medication Refills: What You Need to Know Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Medication Refills: Tips Your Pharmacist Wants You to Know  1. Call 3 – 4 days before you are out of your medication.  Calling in a refill last minute can put unnecessary stress on everyone involved.  Sometimes barriers prevent pharmacists from filling medications immediately.  If the pharmacy does not have your medication in stock, it needs to be ordered from the pharmacy’s supplier; this adds at least one day to filling time.  If you place your refill on [Read More...]

Pill Identifier: Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Pill Identifier: It Could Save Your Life Have you ever found a pill lying around your house and unable recall what it is?  Have you ever dumped all of your pills in the same bottle for convenience, only to forget later which pill is which?  If so, I have the tools to help you!  Situations arise frequently where we need to be able to identify what a pill is solely based on what it looks [Read More...]

Best Place to Store Your Medication: Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Medication Storage The summer heat is in full swing and if you are anything like me, you are taking full advantage of the great weather!  Hiking, boating, camping, going to concerts, these are all great things.  One thing probably not at the forefront of your mind: medication storage and what can happen if it is not done properly. Medication storage is just as important as remembering to pick up your medication refills every month.  If [Read More...]

Plants: Medicinal Properties Dr. Peter Rice

The Doctrine of Signatures Many folks are interested in how plants might have medicinal properties and be useful in various disease states. The idea is that some medicinal plants have been used for centuries and many of our current drugs have their chemical roots in substances isolated from plants. Last week I wrote about the delivery of my new granddaughter, which appeared to be brought on by eggplant parmesan. Evidence for eggplant includes numerous anecdotal [Read More...]

Mental Functioning: Dr. Peter Rice

Mental Functioning Drugs I’m back after a short break to finish up my semester teaching assignments and a couple of final exams. I’m always watching for interesting topics to write about, and coincidental with final exams, the topic of nootropic drugs – medicines that enhance brain, mental functioning – seemed to come up from several people. It all started with an internet article that my son sent me on “Getting Ahead in Silicon Valley”, about [Read More...]

Medications: Conversation with Dr. Rice

Patients Deciding Whether Or Not To Take Medications   I was talking with my mom recently about someone we both know who was helped by the anti-inflammatory drug prednisone, but did not take it because she felt it made her hair thin out. Even though prednisone is a widely used drug with well-documented effects which do not include marked effects on hair growth. She did not talk with her prescriber or pharmacist; just stopped taking [Read More...]