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Vitamins & Minerals for Seniors
When older patients are deficient in vitamins B and D, calcium, and iron, dietary supplementation can help them find nutritional balance.
Understanding Anemia
Helping patients understand and identify anemia's underlying cause can promote adherence to treatment.
Influenza vs the Common Cold: Symptoms and Treatment
Patients may find it difficult to distinguish between a cold and the flu, and pharmacists can help them determine if self treatment is appropriate.
Sweet Dreams: A Guide to Overcoming Insomnia
When insomnia begins to negatively impact a patient's quality of life, pharmacists can explain the nonpharmalogic and pharmalogic treatment options.
Important Points About Chronic Idiopathic Constipation
When lifestyle modifications and OTC treatment are not sufficient for the relief of chronic constipation, there is a prescription option available.
Exploring a Prescription Option for the Treatment of Head Lice
When facing a head lice infestation, patients should be aware of a new pharmacologic treatment option.
A Therapeutic Option for the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Some patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease also experience erosive esophagitis from acid-related mucosal injury, which will require careful treatment.
Irritated About Your Irritable Bowels? Confronting Ulcerative Colitis
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can cause embarrassment and pain, but pharmacists' expert advice can help ease the discomfort.
Influenza Vaccination Q&A 2010 Update
Pharmacists can answer the multitude of questions patients have regarding influenza vaccinations.
Menopause: A Stepwise Approach to Relief
The intensity, duration, and type of symptoms a women experiences during menopause depends on a variety of factors. Pharmacists are in a position to identify appropriate strategies to reduce or manage the most bothersome symptoms.
Coping with Rosacea: A Guide from Triggers to Treatments
Rosacea's symptoms can cause patients embarrassment, which pharmacists can help relive with important treatment information.
Protecting Your Skin: What Every Patient Needs to Know About Melanoma
If recognized early, even the deadliest skin cancer can be treated and cured. Pharmacists can help patients spot the warning signs.
Going Against the Flow: Treating Overactive Bladder
The impact of overactive bladder on quality of life is a major concern and pharmacists can help patients with this common condition.
Demystifying Tuberculosis: Understanding Causes and Treatment Options
Pharmacists can help patients understand the difference between latent and active tuberculosis infection and provide guidance for diagnosis and treatment.
Hypothyroidism: What Every Patient Needs to Know
Hypothyroidism is caused by a variety of factors, and adults, particularity women, should have a blood test to determine thyroid problems every 5 years to detect the condition and treat it effectively.
Using Herbal Supplements
Are all products labeled "natural" safe and do they really improve symptoms? Pharmacists can answer these and other questions patients have about herbal supplements.
Gout
Gout is a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis that is increasing in prevalence in the United States. There are a variety of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options for treating and preventing flares of gout.
Diabetes and Oral Health Care: What Every Patient Needs to Know
Patients with diabetes are at increased risk for cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, xerostomia, salivary gland problems, and infections. Pharmacists can help patients develop good oral care habits to lower their risk.
Coping with Intestinal Gas
Patients with flatulence can experience abdominal pain, stomach cramps, dizziness, and even headaches.
Managing Pain Over the Counter: A Role for Ibuprofen
OTC products containing ibuprofen, such as Advil, are a reasonable choice when considering options for self-care of acute pain.
Lyme Disease
A variety of factors increase the risk of an individual developing Lyme Disease. This article reviews the disease, as well as current treatment and prevention options.
Insight into Glaucoma: Protecting Your Vision
Patients with glaucoma-a group of diseases of the eye that cause damage to the optic nerve-may have questions about risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Understanding Alzheimer's
Caregivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients should understand the symptoms, stages, and treatments for AD, which is the most common form of dementia. Because AD can take a toll on friends and family members as well, tips for helping caregivers cope are also included.
Finding the Right Treatment for Managing Your Acne
Patients should understand how to use OTC and prescription medications that treat acne and follow preventive measures to reduce acne flare-ups or prevent this common dermatologic condition.
Patients learn what OTC items to have in their medicine cabinets, and how to dispose of old medications safely.
Dietary Supplements and Heart Health
To maintain good "heart health," a good diet, exercise, and quitting smoking are essential; nutritional supplements may also help.
Understanding and Managing Migraines
Migraines can affect patients differently--simple explanations are presented here to help educate patients on causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatments.
A Word on Heartburn
Many OTC options are currently available to relieve heartburn. This article will help patients find the right medication for them.
Patient Education: Depression: Beating the Blues

This article will help patients with depression to understand their treatment options and know what to expect from their medications.

How to Treat Common Skin Infections
Helpful advice for your patients on treating bacterial skin infections.
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