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I am considering participating in a clinical trial for a new medication. What kind of information should I have before I agree?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

A clinical trial is generally defined as a biomedical or health-related research study thatfollows a protocol that has been defined in advance of the start of the study. Anyone considering clinical trial participation should get a...

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What drugs are considered benzo's and what kind of withdrawal symptoms can they cause?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Benzo's refer to a drug class called benzodiazepines (BZD) and any abrupt discontinuation orrapid reduction in a BZD can produce withdrawal symptoms. This includes drugs like alprazolam , clonazepam , flurazepam , lorazepam , tema...

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What's the difference between the different kinds of asthma medications?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

There are eight general types of medications used to treat asthma. Some are consideredlong-term control medications; they are used daily to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks.Others are quick-relief medications, used in the event...

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What are the differences between all the different kinds of antidepressants?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

As with most medication, antidepressants come in different formulations, with differentpotential side effects, different actions in the body, and different sets of directions fortaking them properly. Most must be taken for at leas...

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What's the difference between the different kinds of asthma medications?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

There are eight general types of medications used to treat asthma. Some are consideredlong-term control medications; they are used daily to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks.Others are quick-relief medications, used in the event...

Source:  Walgreens

What drugs are considered benzo's and what kind of withdrawal symptoms can they cause?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Benzo's refer to a drug class called benzodiazepines (BZD) and any abrupt discontinuation orrapid reduction in a BZD can produce withdrawal symptoms. This includes drugs like alprazolam , clonazepam , flurazepam , lorazepam , tema...

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What is the best treatment for burns that's available over-the-counter?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

The best over-the-counter treatment depends on exactly what kind of burn you have and howsevere it is. You need to see a doctor if you have a first- or second-degree burn that coversan area more than 2-3 inches in diameter. If you...

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What are sun spots and what causes them?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Sun spots are areas of the skin that appear lighter or darker than normal after exposure tosunlight. A fungus called tinea versicolor causes one type of sun spot. Excess sun exposurecauses another. Sun spots caused by fungus often...

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What is Enbrel?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Enbrel? (etanercept)is an injectable drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic,inflammatory disease that causes painful swelling, redness and stiffness in the joints. Enbrel?prevents the inflammato...

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Why can't you use over-the-counter nasal sprays for more than three days in a row?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

In general, decongestant nasal sprays shouldbe used only on a short-term basis because using them long-term can lead to "rebound" nasalcongestion. This condition primarily is caused by or worsened by overusing inhaled nasaldeconge...

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Can I taper off smoking while I am using the nicotine patch?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

No. You should not smoke or use other kinds of tobacco - such as chewing tobacco or cigars -while you are using a nicotine product. The combination can increase nicotine-related sideeffects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and...

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Can levothyroxine be taken with food, vitamins, iron, or other minerals?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Thyroid supplements should not be taken with food, vitamins, iron, or other minerals, but dueto different reasons. Thyroid supplements containing levothyroxine ( Synthroid? , Levothroid? , and Levoxyl? ) work bestwhen taken on an ...

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Can levothyroxine be taken with food, vitamins, iron, or other minerals?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Thyroid supplements should not be taken with food, vitamins, iron, or other minerals, but dueto different reasons. Thyroid supplements containing levothyroxine ( Synthroid? , Levothroid? , and Levoxyl? ) work bestwhen taken on an ...

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Is diarrhea a normal side effect of antibiotics and is there any way to treat it?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Unfortunately, diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotics. Diarrhea is a defense mechanismof the body, as it is trying to rid itself of the bad bacteria. With diarrhea comes thepossibility of dehydration, which is why it is i...

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What is Drysol?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Drysol? ( aluminum chloride hexahydrate ) is a prescriptionmedication commonly prescribed for excessive sweating. A fairly common problem, excessivesweating can be limited to the armpits, but often affects the palms and soles of t...

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Is diarrhea a normal side effect of antibiotics and is there any way to treat it?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Unfortunately, diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotics. Diarrhea is a defense mechanismof the body, as it is trying to rid itself of the bad bacteria. With diarrhea comes thepossibility of dehydration, which is why it is i...

Source:  Walgreens

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