Ask a Pharmacist


Ask a pharmacist


Drowsiness : Are there any over-the-counter allergy medications that do not cause drowsiness?

Allegra : Can antihistamines affect allergy testing?

Claritin and Allegra Differences : How do Claritin-D and Claritin, and Allegra-D and Allegra differ from each other?

Aspirin : If I'm allergic to aspirin, what over-the-counter pain medication can I use?

Penicillin : If I am allergic to penicillin, can I take clindamycin 150 mg?

Stomach Aches : I recently started a new medication and have had a stomach ache ever since. Am I allergic to the drug?

Phenylephrine : What's the difference between phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine? Do they work the same?

OTC Treatment : What can I take for allergies causing sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes?

Pregnancy and Allergies : Which over-the-counter allergies products are safe to use during pregnancy?


Storage : I left my son's liquid antibiotic sitting on the kitchen counter all day instead of putting it back in the refrigerator. Is the medicine still OK?

Diarrhea : Is diarrhea a normal side effect of antibiotics and is there any way to treat it?

Antibiotics and Alcohol : Is it OK to drink alcohol when you are taking an antibiotic?

Stopping Antibiotics : Is it OK to stop taking my antibiotic after a few days when I feel better?

Reusing Antibiotics : Is it OK to take leftover antibiotics to treat a current infection?

Refrigeration : Should liquid antibiotics always be stored in the refrigerator?

Photosensitivity : Why do I have to stay out of the sun if I take sulfa antibiotics?


"Benzo" Withdrawal : What drugs are considered benzo's and what kind of withdrawal symptoms can they cause?

Anxiety : What is an anxiety disorder?

Kava Kava : What is kava kava?


Old Inhalers : Can you explain to me why my old albuterol inhaler is being removed from the market?

Asthma Inhalers : I get a funny taste in my mouth after using my asthma inhaler. Is it OK to drink water right after?

New Inhalers : My inhaler's puff of medication isn't as strong, and it tastes different. Should I be concerned?

Asthma Medications : What's the difference between the different kinds of asthma medications?

Asthma : What is asthma?

As-needed Asthma Medications : Why do some people use asthma medications on an as-needed basis while others use medications daily?

Birth Control

Yeast Infections : Can birth control pills cause yeast infections?

Antibiotic Interactions : Do antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills?

Emergency contraceptive prescription : Do I need a prescription to get an emergency contraceptive?

Emergency contraceptive dosing : How do you take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice?

Condom effectiveness : How effective are condoms at preventing STDs and pregnancy?

Conception : How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera shots or birth control pills?

Emergency Contraceptives : Is an emergency contraceptive (such as Plan B One-Step or Next Choice) the same thing as the RU-486 pill, the so-called abortion pill?

Breastfeeding : Is it safe to take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

Plan B ingredients : What's the difference between emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B One-Step and regular birth control pills?

Emergency contraceptives side effects : What are the side effects of emergency contraceptives?

Contraceptive Sponge : What is a contraceptive sponge?

Missed pills : What should I do if I missed a tablet of my birth control pills?

Starting Birth Control : When should I start birth control?

Birth Control while Nursing : Which birth control pills are safe for nursing mothers?


Colonoscopy : Should I get a colonoscopy and how often do I need one?

Childrens Health

OTC Head Lice Treatments : Are there any over-the-counter treatments for head lice?

Head Lice Prescriptions : Are there any prescription treatments for head lice?

Benadryl : Is it safe to give my child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help sleep through the plane ride?

Head Lice Prevention : Is there anything I can do to prevent my child from getting it?

Infant Diarrhea : My 6-month-old baby has had diarrhea all morning. I can't get an appointment with my pediatrician until much later this afternoon. What can I do in the meantime?

Fever : My doctor told me to alternate using ibuprofen and acetaminophen to treat my child's fever. Why?

Cold Products : Please explain the FDA regulations about cold products for children.

Head Lice : What are head lice?

Diaper Rash : What can I do to treat diaper rashes for my baby, and what can I do to prevent diaper rashes in the future?

DHA and ARA : What is DHA and ARA and why are they in infant formulas?

Accidental Poisoning : When can accidental acetaminophen poisoning in children occur?

Ear Infections : Why are ear infections more common for children?

Cold and Flu

Jitteriness : Are there any over-the-counter cold or allergy products that do not make you feel jittery?

Swine Flu and Pork : Can the H1N1 (swine flu) be acquired from eating pork products?

Cold Medication : Can you take cold medication if you have high blood pressure?

Zinc : Does taking zinc really cure the common cold?

Bird Flu : How are people treated for bird flu? Is a vaccine available to prevent a person from catching it?

Analgesics : How can analgesics relieve cold and flu symptoms?

Antitussives : How can antitussives relieve cold and flu symptoms?

Decongestants : How can decongestants relieve cold and flu symptoms?

Egg Allergy : How can I avoid getting the flu if I'm allergic to eggs and can't get a flu shot?

Cold and Elderly : How can I prevent the flu as I age?

Symptoms : How can I tell if I have the flu or a cold?

Nasal Congestion : How can I treat nasal congestion without medication?

Vitamins : How can vitamins help prevent a cold?

Swine Flu Treatments : How is the H1N1 (swine flu) treated?

Flu Vaccine : How long does it take for the flu vaccine to work?

Starve a fever? : Is it true that you should follow the old saying, "Starve a fever, feed a cold"?

Flu Recovery : Once I have recovered from the flu will I get it again?

Cold Prevention : What can I do to protect myself from a cold-infected person?

Cold Medications : What can I take to treat a runny, stuffy nose and sinus drainage?

Zicam : What happened to Zicam?

Avian Flu : What is the Avian Flu?

Contagious : When is a cold or the flu contagious?

Compliance and Safety

Reimportation : Are prescription drugs purchased in Mexico as safe and effective as medications in the United States?

Swallowing Pills : Can compounding help with trouble swallowing pills? Can any medication be made into a liquid or patch formula?

Medication Management : How can I keep track of all my medications?

Directions : How do I get the most benefit from my medication?

Caregiving : How do I keep track of medications safely when there's more than one caregiver?

Medication Disposal : How should I dispose of old or unused medication?

Presurgery : If I can't eat or drink the night before my medical procedure, what should I do for my daily medication?

Poisoning Risks : Is acetaminophen poisoning serious?

Halving Pills and Tablets : Is it always OK to break pills or tablets in half?

Crushing Medications : Is it OK to grind up pills and put them in food to make them easier to swallow?

Measuring Spoons : Is it ok to use a household teaspoon to measure my child's medication?

Sharing Prescriptions : Is it OK to use another person's medication if I have the same health condition?

Take with Food : What does it mean when a medication says "Take with food"?

Black Box Warnings : What is a black box warning on a prescription drug?

Tylenol Poisoning : What is acetaminophen poisoning?

Adverse Drug Events : What is an adverse drug event?

Sharps Containers : What is the proper way to safely dispose of sharps such as lancets and needles?

Accidental Poisoning : When can accidental acetaminophen poisoning in children occur?

Recalls : Why are there drug recalls?

Pseudoephedrine : Why do I have to purchase pseudoephedrine from the pharmacy and sign for it?

Contact Lenses

Solutions : Are contact lens solutions regulated for safety or purity?

Disposable Contacts : Are disposable contact lenses better than regular contact lenses?

Swimming : Can I wear my contact lenses when I go swimming?

Drug Interactions : Can some medications cause problems with my contact lenses?

Preventing Infections : How can I prevent fungal infections from wearing contact lenses?

Fungal Infection : How do I know if my contact lenses have caused a fungal infection in my eyes?

Schedule : How long can I leave my contact lenses in?

Disinfection : How often do I need to disinfect my contact lenses?

Replacement : How often should I change my contact lenses?

Pregnancy : Is it common to have problems wearing contact lenses when you are pregnant? Why is that?

Sleeping : Is it OK to wear my contact lenses while I am sleeping?

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