July 2019

Some OTC Medications Can
Trigger Asthma

Nearly 8% of people in the U.S. suffer from asthma—and the number continues to grow. No doubt you’ve seen an increased demand for asthma medications. The same customers who use those drugs may have a sensitivity to some common OTC and prescription drugs that could trigger an asthma attack or other troubling side effect, so a short counseling session could keep them from turning a minor illness into a potentially deadly event. Read more.


Stroke, Migraine, or Acute Glaucoma Crisis? Check for Anticholinergics
If a customer asks for an OTC medication to relieve “the worst headache of my life,” you may immediately think of a stroke or a severe migraine. But a quick question on the location of the pain could point you in another direction entirely—glaucoma. Some common cold medications, antibiotics, and antidepressants increase the risk of angle-closure glaucoma, so asking about other medications could potentially save their vision. Read more.

The Challenge of
Recommending Supplements

Recent reports have called into question the value and, in some cases, the safety of dietary supplements. That leaves many pharmacists in a bit of a bind. Online claims, coaches, some doctors, and nutritionists encourage consumers to boost their intake of certain vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. Results of scientific review often conflict. How then do you make supplement recommendations that you can feel good about? Read more.

Patient Teaching Aid:
Strategies for Medication Adherence

Medication adherence includes consistently taking prescribed medication in the proper dose, at the correct time, and for the recommended length of time. However, more than 50% of people do not take their medication exactly as directed by their doctor, resulting in poor outcomes, reduced quality of life, increased hospitalization, and soaring healthcare costs. Read more and view a Patient Teaching Aid video.

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