Medications Blogs


Health Insurance Options: Lost My Insurance

Health Insurance Options when: “I’ve Lost my insurance, now what?” If you’ve recently lost your health insurance through your employer or have been dropped by your insurance carrier there are health insurance options available to you for Medical Care and Prescriptions. Although uninsured Americans have a tougher time finding affordable medical care than those with insurance, that doesn’t mean you don’t have health insurance options. Here are 5 Tips on Health Insurance Options: Check your [Read More...]

Amlodipine: Dr. Peter J. Rice

Amlodipine   An 83 year old Iowa woman in an assisted living facility recently had what appeared to be either a petit mal seizure or a transient ischemic attack.  She was sitting in front of the TV when suddenly she was detached and unresponsive. Her physician discontinued her amlodipine. This was surprising, and perhaps unnecessary, since amlodipine is generally very well tolerated. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that was first marketed by Pfizer in [Read More...]


Xyzal: What Is IT and How Does IT Work? Dr.Peter Rice

Xyzal ™ – a right-handed nonprescription antihistamine Last month I attended the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association in San Francisco. We had beautiful weather for the meeting, and I was able to visit with my cousin Terri who lives there.  Terri is always happy to meet relatives visiting San Francisco as long as we don’t ask her to take us to Alcatraz – she has been there way too often to enjoy it. [Read More...]

Statins: Are they Right For You? Dr. Peter Rice

  Choosing Between two Goods – Statin Use and Exercise I need to come out of hiding. For as long as I can remember, I have had high cholesterol. Back in the day, the target for cholesterol was less than “200 plus your age”: I was usually at or just slightly above that.  Then the goal cholesterol changed to under 200, and gave about half of all patients (including myself) the diagnosis of high cholesterol [Read More...]


Hydrochlorothiazide: Dr. Peter Rice

Hydrochlorothiazide   If you ever find yourself as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy student, you’ll be fixated on memorizing the top drugs. When you get to hydrochlorothiazide, two things happen.  First, the name is so long that almost no one says the full name. It’s abbreviated to HCTZ.  Second, there are two brand names to memorize – Hydrodiuril and Esidrix – except that they are no longer sold in the US. Hydorochlorothiazide is one of [Read More...]