Food vs medications

Eat, Drink, but Be Weary

By: Steve Bond, BScPhm, RPh, CDEY Food is an integral part of our lives. Every cell in our body requires nutrients and vitamins to survive and we have a deep social and spiritual connection to food. Like food,...
Medication Pill Box Pill Bottle with Prescription Drug

Medication Adherence

By: Peter Yurek The treatment of various medical conditions often includes the use of prescription drugs. These medications are effective, but their full benefit is not realized because many patients do not take them as prescribed. According to...
Child putting her hand in front to stop from a spoonful of pills

A Tough Pill to Swallow

As a compounding pharmacist, I spend time making medications into forms such as liquids, gummies and even lollipops.  For those who are unable to swallow tablets and capsules, it offers an option to take medicines.  Many drugs, however,...
person emptying medicine in palm of hand

Drug Induced Photosensitivity

Some medications can make the skin more sensitive to the sun leading to inflammation, redness and swelling similar to a sunburn. Sensitivity can be of two types: Phototoxicity happens when UV radiation interacts with medications in the skin and...

Are Your Painkillers Hurting You?

You shoveled too much snow. You joined a gym after a 10-year absence. You strained muscles taking down the Christmas lights. You are experiencing pain and inflammation and you want relief. There are a number of drugs that...