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When Side Effects Prevail

Nearly one-third of all patients will stop taking a prescription medication without even telling their doctor. There are a variety of reasons people stop taking medications that have been prescribed for them. Sometimes they don’t think they need to take the medicine, or think it isn’t working. Maybe they’ve heard…

Using MedShadow to Become Better Informed About Your Meds

Over my career as a pharmacist, I’ve been very conscientious about filling prescriptions accurately as prescribed. I’ve also made it a priority to focus on counseling patients on how to take their medications properly and informing them of potential side effects to look out for. Now that I’m on the…

FDA Warns Recalls Causing Shortage of Common Blood Pressure Drug

The FDA is warning that there is a shortage of the commonly prescribed blood pressure drug valsartan due to ongoing manufacturing issues in which the drug is being contaminated with a possible carcinogen. The agency also said other angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), such as losartan and irbesartan, may become in…

I’m Starting on a Blood Pressure Drug. What Should I Know?

If your doctor has put you on a medication for hypertension, it is likely either an ACE inhibitor or an ARB. Find out more about these drugs. If you read my previous “Ask the Pharmacist” column, you might remember that my doctor recently prescribed a statin medication to help lower…

Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Raise Lung Cancer Risk

A commonly prescribed class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure may slightly increase the risk of developing lung cancer. The class, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, includes drugs such as Altace (ramipril), Lotensin (benazepril) and Prinivil (lisinopril). In a new study, researchers looked at nearly one million people…

Common Hypertension Med Linked to Skin Cancer Risk

A common medicine used to treat high blood pressure may drastically increase one’s risk for developing skin cancer, according to a new study out of Denmark. Researchers there looked at about 80,000 Danish cases of skin cancer and determined that those people who were taking hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) had a risk…

4 Foods That Can Mess With Your Meds

High blood pressure and heart disease meds, statins, dairy and Coumadin can all have bad interactions with certain drugs. Make sure you’re not blocking the effectiveness of your meds with your food.

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