The explosion of alternative therapies on the market has created new opportunities -- and challenges -- for providing pharmaceutical care.
Provigil is a stimulant prescribed to improve wakefulness for individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy or sleep disorders caused by shift work. A brand name for the drug modafinil, Provigil is available in tablets of 100 mg and 200 mg. Many side effects are possible.
Dilaudid is a powerful narcotic medication used primarily for acute pain relief. It is one of the brand names for hydromorphone, a semi-synthetic opiate. Most often available as an oral medication, Dilaudid is highly addictive and has the potential for abuse even when dosing is monitored by a licens
Burdock is a relative of the sunflower. It grows about five feet high and blooms with red-purple flowers covered with spines. In the summer, growers harvest the seeds and dig up the roots. It is used in general herbal medicine as well as in traditional Chinese medicine. It is often combined with oth
How do you determine whether providing medication to patients in certain situations is within the scope of nursing practice?
Glucosamine sulphate or sulfate has been mentioned in the media a quite a bit, but while it has name recognition most people do not know what it is or what it is used for. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino sugar made by our bodies and found in healthy cartilage. The glucosamine in most supp
Ephedrine is a drug that is used for the treatment of various medical conditions, including breathing issues, myasthenia gravis, low blood pressure and nasal congestion. It is a stimulant to the central nervous system. It is also often used for the management of sleep disorders, problems with urine
Lantus is a medication used to treat adults with Type 2 diabetes and adults and children over six with Type 1 diabetes. It is injected once daily and helps provide stable blood sugar for 24 hours. You can safely travel with all forms of Lantus without refrigeration.
Therapy is generally complicated by limited reliable dosage guidelines, especially for patients over age 75.
Biohazardous medical wastes are defined as any waste that contains "pourable" amounts of potentially infectious materials or substances. Potentially infectious substances include but are not limited to blood, plasma, semen and other bodily fluids. Sharp wastes are also considered biohazardous medica
Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD in children and adults. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also approved the medication to treat the sleeping disorder known as narcolepsy, a growing body of research sh
Teflon ironing sheets -- or pressing sheets -- are an excellent product to have on hand next time you get to work on an applique project. The sheets are designed to allow you to iron the applique on a high temperature without the iron sticking to the applique or collecting sticky residue.
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Ringing in the ears is a condition called tinnitus. One out of every five people experiences tinnitus at one time or another, and the causes of the condition vary. Potential causes include age-related hearing loss, an ear injury and circulatory system issues. Methods for diminishing ear ringing inc
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Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug that is used to treat epilepsy as well as bipolar disorder. As with any medication, there may problematic side effects that can occur. There is really no way to know ahead of time whether or not that will happen. If you have decided to discontinue Tegretol, it is i
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is one of the most frequently used medicines in the world, and because it is so well known and readily available, many people assume it is harmless. But what they don't realize is that acetaminophen overdose is a common and potentially deadly poisoning. Its symptoms are many
Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, also abbreviated amox/clav, is a combination drug product used to treat various infections. It is marketed in the US under the trade names Augmentin, Augmentin ES and Augmentin XR.Amox/clav combines the penicillin derivative amoxicillin with clavu
Anti-Xa activity monitoring may be warranted in patients with renal insufficiency or extremes of body weight, in pregnant patients, and in children.