Over the last year, CBD has been featured in news reports, internet articles, and medicinal journals as a safe and natural alternative to treat chronic pain. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the many compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. And although its buzz has had millions of Americans placing online orders or visiting their local wellness store, there is still much unknown about the true benefits of this treatment option.
We get it, you have a lot going on. Keeping up with your family, errands, work or recovery can sometimes make it difficult to remember small tasks, like taking your medications. If you can’t seem to get into the groove of a medication routine you’re not alone, approximately 50% of chronic illness patients do not take their medications as prescribed.
We have all had it happen. You have a splitting headache or a muscle ache, go into your bathroom for an over-the-counter (OTC) medication - only to find that it has expired. One of the most common questions I get from friends and family is, “Is it safe to take an expired medication?” The answer on that largely depends, and that is precisely the problem.
Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, allows health care providers to securely send prescription information from their computer or tablet directly to pharmacies. E-prescribing isn’t new, but it’s gaining ground quickly as more and more states are considering a mandate on this prescription transmission method.
Staying adherent to your medication routine might seem like a simple task, but nearly 10 percent of hospitalizations and their cost are a result of not following a prescription regimen. Medication non-adherence is frequently perceived to be minor because of the lack of symptoms; however, non-adherence can lead to a decrease in quality of life and possible health consequences.
MME stands for Morphine Milligram Equivalents. Because all narcotics are synthesized from opium, healthcare professionals have developed a formula that allows an easy conversion to be made to compare the doses of different narcotics.
Pain medications were originally created and used to help patients in severe pain during surgery. Over time, pain medications have become more commonly prescribed postoperatively, as well. With these medications being used more frequently, more questions arise about their side effects.
Every medication on the market will have some sort of a clinical side effect associated to it. Because a medication is altering the bodies chemical stability, it is bound to cause at least one reaction within the body. The question is though, was this a side effect or an adverse event?
Research has found that 70% of the United States population is on one or more prescription medications. The truth behind every medication, including over-the-counter medications, is that each one slowly depletes essential vitamins and minerals. This can be of great concern bearing in mind many Americans are suffering from low levels of vitamins and minerals from a poor diet or inherent family history.
American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is coming to a close, but that shouldn’t stop you from continuing to celebrate your pharmacist. Pharmacists have easily become one of the most accessible providers in health care, specializing in the medications that can help make you feel better. Before APhM ends, be sure to thank your pharmacist for the role they play in your care.