The Educated Patient™ | Page 5

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 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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