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Med-Fast Pharmacy Blog is dedicated to keeping our patients updated on what is happening in the world of health care and pharmacy. Med-Fast Pharmacy Blog provides important and informative healthcare information to help our patients lead healthier lives.

Feeling Right At Home

  When constant health monitoring is required, most patients indicate a preference for more comfortable at-home health care monitoring over more costly and less convenient hospital care. Home-monitoring device manufacturers are able to meet this need by enabling patients to provide accurate and timely data to health care professionals. The first step involves providing home More…

Going “Off-Label”

  In order to receive FDA approval, drug manufacturers must provide research showing that their product delivers benefit in treating a specific condition. While drug in question may also help with other conditions, pharmaceutical companies may decide not to conduct additional expensive clinical trials that can get the medication approved for treatment for other purposes. More…

Anti-Depressants and Weight Gain

  With concerns about weight gain being so pervasive, it may help to know that recent research indicated that those taking anti-depressants may put on a few pounds. Moreover, the study, which involved nearly 20,000 adults treated with anti-depressants, revealed that some medications are associated with more weight gain than others. Specifically, people talking citalopram More…

The Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

For years, health experts have been warning that unnecessary use of antibiotics leads to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that are increasingly hard to kill. Now, in its first global survey of the resistance problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that antibiotic-resistant bacteria have spread to every part of the world and might More…

Weighing Benefits Against Risks

Because cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs are known to moderately raise blood sugar levels, those faced with an increased risk of both heart disease and diabetes may wonder if taking the drugs may still be beneficial. While statin drugs reduce the change of heart problems and stroke, they also might tip pre-diabetic individuals over the diabetes threshold. More…

Did You Get Your FLU Shot?

Even healthy individuals can contact influenza, a potentially dangerous respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those at particular risk are infants and seniors aged 65 years and older, among those whom about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur during the flu season (which begins as early as More…

About Those E.D. Drugs

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a problem to some degree for approximately half of the men between the ages of 40 and 70. This helps explain the popularity of drugs that can alleviate this problem in about 70% of otherwise healthy men. These drugs include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), verdenafil (Levitra) and avanafil (Stendra). In combination More…

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

  Falling asleep at night and staying asleep is a problem for many people, particularly women. Not only is insomnia more common among women, there are also gender-specific differences in the way that prescription medications treat the condition. For instance, a recent study involving 13 men and 11 women of similar age and body mass More…

Bodies in Motion

“Motion sickness” occurs when the inner ear, eyes and other motion-detecting areas of the body send conflicting messages to the brain. That is, one part of the body’s balancing-sensing mechanism may be sensing that the body is moving while the others do not. While prevention is the best course of action against motion sickness, it More…

Seasonal Allergies Strike Again?!

Are you experiencing a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue or coughing? You might think it’s the common cold,  but with spring in full bloom you may be suffering from seasonal allergies. At this time of year many people confuse seasonal allergies with the common cold. The common cold typically last 10-14 days, More…

Zika Virus Disease

How is Zika Transmitted? Zika Virus is primarily spread to people through the bites of an infected mosquito (Aedes species), which are the same mosquitos that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Zika virus may spread from infected mother to child either at time of birth or to the fetus during pregnancy. There are currently no More…

GROWING LAX

While eating a fiber rich diet, staying active, and drinking plenty of fluids generally help stave off constipation, occasional bouts of irregularity do occur. If so, the first treatment choice should be an over-the-counter, bulk forming laxative, which draws water into the stool and makes it easier to pass. Sometimes marketed as “fiber supplements,” these More…

HOW LOW SHOULD YOU AIM?

A panel convened by the National Institutes of Health recently said that people over the age of 60 with high blood pressure could settle for a goal of 150/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). While this is more than the previous, more stringent standard of 140/90, it still provides health benefits, but there is still More…

MEDICATIONS FOR NERVE PAIN

While most of us are familiar with chronic joint and muscle pain and the medications commonly used to treat them, nerve pain is often another matter. In some cases, at least part of the pain associated with an injured and inflamed muscle or joint may come from “neuropathic” pain, producing sharp, stinging, or radiating pain. More…

WHAT’S IN YOUR MEDICINE?

Thanks to consumer-led health campaigns, food labels are clearer about which and how much additives are in our food. Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said about the medicines we take. According to a recent British study, “effervescent” versions of medications (those that provide a sparkling, fizzy, bubbly effect) have high levels of sodium, which More…