August 30, 2016

How to Properly Use Over-the-counter Drugs

Pharmacy Pills When purchasing medications at your local pharmacy, the wide variety of drugs can be sorted into two basic categories: prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs. There are many common diseases or conditions that can be managed or treated early on with some OTC medication. Due to the use of self-diagnosis, if your symptoms are new or worrisome, consult a healthcare professional.

For instance, if you are have a simple fever it may be beneficial to start periodic doses of acetaminophen. Acetaminophen or Tylenol is the most common OTC drug that works to reduce fevers and/or pain relief. If your general symptom is not helped or is deteriorating, you should consult a healthcare professional.

OTC medicines are sold off the shelf and do not require a doctor’s prescription. For instance, a common OTC drug is Reactine. This can be used for relief against common seasonal allergy symptoms. It provides short-term relief and is milder form of medicines used for allergic reactions. It is advisable that people take OTC medications when they already identified the cause of their symptoms and know that the chosen OTC drug will help them.

Although if a person tends to exhibit more severe symptoms and they cannot be controlled by common OTC medicines, it is advisable that they see a doctor. A doctor can then prescribe some medication which can be purchased at a local pharmacy. These prescription medications can only be purchased when a prescription from your doctor is available. And due to their stronger effect they may have more side effects depending on case to case. This is why a doctor’s consultation is necessary before attaining a stronger medication.

If symptoms are new, severe, or do not react the same way as in the past after using the OTC drug, you should consult a healthcare professional.  In some cases, you may require a prescription drug which is usually stronger, more specific to you, and potentially have more side effects.

 

 

August 16, 2016

How to Take Advantage of Lower Medication Prices Online

Money and health concept

According to Pharmacychecker.com, 4 000 000 Americans order medication from international online sources each year due to the ridiculously high drug prices in their local pharmacies.  These online pharmacies offer a range of savings, some even as high as 95%.  The only catch to this method is that making sure that these pharmacies are safe.

Pharmacychecker.com explains the steps and procedures they go through in order to verify an online pharmacy in this slideshow. One of the important points is that excessive savings, like 95% are probably from fraudulent online pharmacies.

The learning process about online pharmacies is important because it makes you better informed when purchasing prescription medication on the internet. Having this knowledge can be extremely beneficial to your health.