July 26, 2016

Should You Choose Generic or Brand-Name Medication?

Rosuvastatin is available as a generic drug in local pharmacies, but many consumers still tend to purchase the brand name drug, Crestor, at lower prices online. It is important that consumers trust the drugs they are consuming.  As a result, third-party independent resources like PharmacyChecker.com are used to ensure the quality of online pharmacies and their drugs.

Pharmacychecker.com is an excellent source to explain why drugs are cheaper online.  They help in comparing prescription drug prices from different, legitimate online pharmacies. The website explains that international laws and bargaining power of pharmaceutical companies in the United States results in higher drug prices. The website also gives a detailed account of where the drugs are produced, how they are verified, and other reasons to why they are more affordable online.

Read more on PharmacyChecker.com.

 

July 19, 2016

What is Accidental Acetaminophen Overdose?

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Acetaminophen is a drug that is commonly used as a fever reducer and a pain reliever. Its brand name version, Tylenol, is widely recognized and, in many cases, is used as a substitute for aspirin. It is important that acetaminophen is used in the correct dosage. There is a detailed description that comes with the drug which clearly indicates the safe and beneficial amount for different age groups.

Intentionally or accidentally taking an unsafe dose of acetaminophen  classifies as acetaminophen overdose.  For most people it is recommended that they do not take more than 4000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a 24 hour period. Taking more than this amount can be classified as an overdose. Here are some ways an unintentional overdose can occur:

  • Accidental overdose may occur when a patient takes more than the recommended dose because many patients take more pills if their pain or fever does not go away with the recommended dosage.
  • It is common that many other drugs contain acetaminophen. Combining that dosage with your regular acetaminophen may cause an overdose of acetaminophen in your system.
  • Taking an extended-release form of the pill is another way in which an overdose can occur. An extended release pill causes the medicine to stay in the body longer and in some cases you may have too much in your body at the wrong time.

It is highly advisable that you monitor your doses and take precautionary steps to avoid these overdoses. When you consume a large amount of acetaminophen, your body turns it into a metabolite that is toxic to your liver. As a result, your liver does not effectively eliminate the toxin and it starts cause damage to the organ.

Treatment for acetaminophen overdose largely depends on the amount of time that has passed since the overdose and if the overdose happened all at once, or over a period of time.

Generally acetaminophen overdose is a very serious condition and it can be prevented with extra caution. It always helps to read labels more carefully, taking one type of acetaminophen at a time, taking the correct dosage and not taking the drug too many days in a row.

July 12, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Using Online Pharmacies

medical factory  supplies storage indoor with workers peopleIt is a common misconception that online pharmacies are not deserving of the same level of trust and confidence as your local neighborhood pharmacy. These legitimate businesses are quickly becoming a convenient and private way to purchase medications. There are many tools that one can use to verify that the pharmacy they are ordering their medications from is a legitimate business.
Among them, PharmacyChecker.com is a very comprehensive and fool-proof method you can use to ensure that the medication you order comes at a bargain rate and the pharmacy you end up ordering from is a legitimate enterprise.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to purchase your medication from an online pharmacy and how to use Pharmacy Checker to ensure that the medication you get is safe to use:
1. Search your medication on PharmacyChecker.com

When you type in the name of your medication on Pharmacy Checker, you go through the process of narrowing your search. You begin with either choosing the brand name or generic medication. Next, you are led to a page that asks you the specific strength you wish to purchase.

2. Compare Prices

After selecting your strength, Pharmacy Checker uses web crawling technology to show the prices across a list of their approved pharmacies for your specific drug. The webpage will further specify the price per unit and quantity for the brand name or generic drug.

3. Select a Pharmacy

After looking through the general price range of your drug, take some time to educate yourself on the array of approved pharmacies on this website. You are able to access a profile for each pharmacy. This outlines their policies, procedures, contact information, and other specific information.

Your results will only include pharmacies that have all been given a seal of approval by Pharmacy Checker. In order to receive this seal each pharmacy meets a set of standards:

–  Uses licensed practitioners who achieved a license from a local licensing body

–  Will keep medical information private

–  Will keep financial information secure

–  Will require a prescription achieved by a consultation with your family physician

–  Discloses their contact information to their customers

Always make sure that the online pharmacy is legitimate before purchasing, as there are many fraudulent websites that may offer low quality prescription medication that can jeopardize your health.

July 5, 2016

Pharmaceutical Companies Have the Impunity to Hike Up Drug Prices

Valeant Pharmaceuticals have been recently singled out for their despicable practices. Their malevolent business strategies have made the news, but it does not alter the fact that numerous other pharmaceutical companies participate in the same practices.

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