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Pharmacy / Pharmacist News From Medical News Today
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Pharmacists are medication experts who use their detailed knowledge of medicines to help patients get well. Duties include dispensing medications, assuring the safety and appropriateness of the prescribed therapy, monitoring patient health and progress, partnering with consumers and patients to provide education and advice on the use of medications. They also collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other health care team members to provide expertise on drug decisions and improve patient outcomes, providing knowledge about the composition of drugs and safeguard drug purity and strength.

How does prednisone treat an asthma flare-up?
Prednisone is a steroid that can be used as part of a person's treatment after they have a significant asthma attack. In this article, we examine the effect the drug has on inflammation in the airways to help improve breathing, the possible side effects it can cause, and other medications that may be used alongside it.
Could this common diabetes drug prevent cocaine relapse?
A rat study finds that GLP-1 receptor agonists for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity may prevent relapse in cocaine addiction without side effects.
These common drugs may raise your risk of dementia
A new study links long-term anticholinergic use for depression, Parkinson's, and loss of bladder control to raised risk of dementia up to 20 years later.
How are Dexedrine and Adderall different?
Dexedrine and Adderall are two medications that are commonly used to treat ADHD. Both drugs are similar, but there are some differences in how they are used. In this article, we examine the similarities and differences between these two medications, along with the risks, side effects, and warnings that go with them.
Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Adderall?
There are risks and dangers to drinking alcohol alongside Adderall, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD. Here, we look at why it might be dangerous to drink alcohol while taking Adderall, with or without a prescription. We also describe symptoms and side effects that can occur and when emergency treatment may be needed.
How much menthol does it take to overdose?
People cannot usually overdose on cough drops. But cough lozenges can sometimes cause negative symptoms, and this can be worrying. Menthol is normally the key ingredient of cough drops and can result in problems if too much is consumed. Learn here about cough drops and how much menthol it takes to overdose.
What to know about sulfa allergies
A sulfa allergy is when the immune system reacts to substances containing sulfa, such as some antibiotics and medications. A person with a sulfa allergy should avoid certain medications but does not need to avoid any specific foods. Learn how sulfa and sulfite allergies differ, and about symptoms and treatment.
Ibuprofen could stop Alzheimer's, say researchers
Researchers claim that taking the common anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen every day from the age of 55 could prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Death risk increased with two blood pressure drugs
Researchers reveal that two classes of medication used to treat hypertension could raise blood pressure variability, which may increase the risk of death.
Can you use an inhaler after the expiration date?
Many people with asthma wonder if inhalers are still safe to use after their expiry date. Learn about medication expiry dates and possible side effects.
Can you drink alcohol while taking antihistamines?
Taking medications can mean other substances, such as alcohol, are more dangerous. Mixing benadryl and alcohol has several distinct dangers to be aware of.
What side effects can result from interferon?
Interferon is used to treat several health conditions, but it has a range of side effects. We look at how these vary in severity and duration here.
Does metformin help you lose weight?
We examine what impact metformin might have on weight loss, how this drug is used to treat diabetes, and whether or not it helps people to lose weight.
Can weight gain be caused by tamoxifen?
A look at the link between tamoxifen and weight gain. Included is detail on why weight gain can occur in breast cancer treatment, and other side effects.
Do any weight loss pills really work?
In this article, we take a look at nine types of pills and supplements that are proposed to help support weight loss, examining the evidence for each one.
Types and side effects of antiemetic drugs
Antiemetic drugs help ease symptoms of nausea or vomiting. Learn about what medications are available to treat different causes of nausea.
Are there any alternatives to Flomax?
Flomax is a drug that is often used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is an alpha-blocker and it affects the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline. There may be side effects, and other drugs may be used. Home remedies can also help relieve symptoms. Find out more about Flomax and other treatment options.
What is clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is a steroid-type drug that is used for veterinary purposes and, in some countries, to treat asthma. In the United States it is not approved for human use. However, many people use clenbuterol illegally as a weight-loss and bodybuilding agent. Find out more about the uses, risks, and current research.
Daily aspirin could ward off liver cancer
Taking aspirin every day could help to lower the risk of liver cancer for patients infected with hepatitis B, a new study suggests.
Type 2 diabetes: Blood sugar pill shows promise
In a 26-week phase II clinical trial for type 2 diabetes patients, glycemic control using semaglutide in pill form was better than using a placebo.
Breakthrough pain: Causes and medications
Breakthrough pain is a type of pain that may occur in those who experience chronic pain. A sudden, intense spike of pain can happen after a sudden movement, coughing, or other activities. Some drugs can help control it, but they bring risks of their own. Find out more about coping with breakthrough pain.
Does forskolin work? Uses, risks, and benefits
Forskolin is a plant-based product that is used as a weight loss supplement. It is thought to help people lose weight by creating certain enzymes, and it may also have a range of medicinal uses. It has recently experienced a surge in popularity, but does it really work? We look at the benefits and risks of forskolin.
Study points to a growing trend in opioid use over the past 2 decades
The prevalence of prescription opioid use increased from 4.1% of US adults in 1999-2000 to 6.8% in 2013-2014, according to a recent Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety study.
Asthma and ibuprofen: What are the effects?
Medicines can often interact with pre-existing conditions. In this article, we look at the effects of ibuprofen in people with asthma.
Very brief mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers cut back
After just 11 minutes of mindfulness training, heavy drinkers drank less in the following week than peers who underwent relaxation training, study found.

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