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Once a year for St. Patrick’s Day, preschool teachers creep into classrooms before the kids arrive and decorate the school with shamrocks and green glitter. The best touch? Green food coloring in the toilet water, or, as the kids gleefully report, “Leprechaun pee”. It always gets me thinking, “What medications could this leprechaun be taking… Read More

Lyrica (pregabalin) is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. It is chemically similar to Neurontin (gabapentin), another anti-seizure medication, and is used to treat brain- and nerve-related disorders. is used to treat epilepsy, nerve pain, and fibromyalgia. In 2004, the FDA approved Lyrica for partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy… Read More

Xarelto is a commonly prescribed drug that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. The bad news? At over $500 cash price for a typical monthly supply, Xarelto is really expensive—and it isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Xarelto right for you, how can you… Read More

Medications that can damage the kidneys are known as “nephrotoxic medications.” These drugs can cause direct damage to the kidneys, and their use accounts for up to 25% of acute kidney injuries. For people with even mild kidney failure, you might want to think twice (or talk to your doctor) before you take these medications…. Read More

Esketamine, a promising new nasal spray medication, is now FDA-approved for difficult-to-treat depression. It is the first major new antidepressant approved in decades. Some experts are concerned over the risk for misuse, but these concerns have been––for now––outweighed by the benefits of the drug: Esketamine acts fast (within hours) and improves symptoms of depression where… Read More

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is a type of bacteria that causes infections in the gut and severe diarrhea, often after you’ve taken antibiotics that have cleared your intestines of healthy bacteria. C. diff releases toxins that cause inflammation in the colon and can make folks feel very sick. Some antibiotics lead to C. diff much… Read More

Back in 2017, popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra went generic, and since then, prices have dropped to as little as $4 per pill at some pharmacies. Viagra and its generic, , are two of the most popular drugs on the market today. Their popularity has led to thousands of bad jokes and hundreds of cheesy… Read More

Both alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan) are considered short-acting benzodiazepines and when used for the right reasons, are quite effective for anxiety. Many of you wonder if they’re the same, which works better, and which works faster for anxiety. Let’s take a look. What are they used for? Xanax (alprazolam) is used for: anxiety disorders… Read More

In the heat of the moment, it can be stressful figuring out what to do when you get burned. Remember these steps to help heal a burn and avoid making it worse. 1) Cool the wound. Cooling is the first step. Ideally, you should find a sterile gauze and soak it in a cool saline… Read More

Vyvanse, used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD), is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs in the US. Whether you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, here are 10 lesser-known—but important—things you should know. 1) Vyvanse is not just approved for ADHD. Not only is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) approved to treat ADHD,… Read More