Healthy Living Articles

Toddler girl eating peanuts in shell on the kitchen table
Guide to Buying an EpiPen: Protecting Against Peanut Allergies

Jul 3, 2024

Author’s note: ‘Kaylee’ is the name I will use to represent several patients with peanut allergies. The information in this article has been altered to protect my patients’ privacy.I remember the first time I prescribed an EpiPen Jr. for a patient with a peanut allergy.The family of 3-year-old Kaylee found out the hard way...

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Eliquis: Transforming Lives with Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Jul 1, 2024

Author’s note: This is a personal story in the sense that someone close to me (let us call him ‘Dan’) had atrial fibrillation. To honor his memory and protect my family’s privacy, I have altered details sufficiently to mask his identity. One detail remains, which is quite true: Eliquis (apixaban) extended his life and...

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senior man with prolonged dry cough as cold allergy looking for drugs for recovery from the disease in the pharmacy.
Best Allergy Medication for Adults

Jun 27, 2024

In the realm of adult allergy relief, the choice between various medications—ranging from second-generation antihistamines like cetirizine, fexofenadine, and loratadine to intranasal corticosteroids such as fluticasone and triamcinolone—is pivotal. Each of these medications offers a distinct mechanism of action and efficacy profile,...

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Middle-aged woman with mild sore throat
Levetiracetam Side Effects

Jun 26, 2024

Levetiracetam, a widely prescribed antiepileptic drug, is renowned for its effectiveness in managing seizure disorders but also poses a spectrum of potential side effects that merit thoughtful discussion. While many patients may experience only mild symptoms such as drowsiness or gastrointestinal discomfort, others could encounter more severe or...

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Myoclonic Seizures

Jun 25, 2024

Myoclonic seizures, brief yet sudden involuntary muscle spasms, present a unique challenge within the spectrum of neurological disorders. While often overlooked, their impact on individuals can range from minor annoyances to significant disruptions in daily life, depending on frequency and intensity. The pathophysiology behind these seizures is...

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Mature man dizzy and with headache
Valsartan Side Effects

Jun 19, 2024

Valsartan, widely prescribed for managing hypertension, carries a spectrum of potential side effects that merit careful consideration. While most patients tolerate the drug well, experiencing only mild symptoms such as dizziness or fatigue, the occurrence of more severe reactions—such as significant changes in renal function or rare instances...

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New Treatments for Psoriasis

Jun 14, 2024

The landscape of psoriasis treatment is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the introduction of novel biologic therapies and technological advancements in drug delivery systems. Recent clinical trials have highlighted the efficacy of targeting specific cytokines, offering hope for more personalized and effective management of the...

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How Much Is Antibiotics Without Insurance

Jun 10, 2024

Navigating healthcare expenses without insurance can be daunting, especially regarding medications like antibiotics. Prices can fluctuate widely based on factors such as choosing between generic or brand-name drugs, the specific type of antibiotic prescribed, and the pharmacy dispensing the medication. For those uninsured, the cost of antibiotics...

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Overweight obese man with hypercholesterolemia, teleworking and eating pastries
Simvastatin for High Cholesterol

Jun 5, 2024

Author’s note: ‘Bob’ is a composite of several patients I’ve treated for high cholesterol. In this sense, Bob is several actual patients, but his privacy is being preserved by mixing up the facts about his case.Key TakeawaysSimvastatin effectively lowers LDL cholesterol levels, improving lipid profiles in patients with...

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