Medication Safety

Our goal at Atlantic Apothecary is to ensure that every patient understands completely the medications they are prescribed. We want to proactively educate patients and answer any concerns you may have.

Aspirin

Is Aspirin a Wonder Drug?     It’s been around for more than 100 years. It’s one of the world’s most widely used pain relievers. And, its uses just seem to keep multiplying. Is aspirin a wonder drug? For those who’ve benefited, it might seem that way.             The latest news of aspirin’s potential benefits …

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Black Box Warnings

What is a black box warning? A life-threatening adverse event that may result from taking a particular medication This is the most serious warning granted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)1 This warning is denoted by a black box around its perimeter These adverse events are typically witnessed after the drug has been released …

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Children’s Flu Medication Safety

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Drugged Driving Prevention

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month   In 2010 President Barack Obama announced December as Impaired Driving Prevention Month. His official proclamation can be read here. In addition to the basics of preventing alcohol related accidents, our goal is to educate our patients on the risks associated with medication-related accidents. Both OTC …

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Medication Recalls

  12/06/12 – hydrocodone/acetaminophen, Qualitest – A recall was issued for 101 lots of affected product. Atlantic Apothecary does not stock the Qualitest manufacturer for this product. https://connect.mckesson.com/portal/site/smo/menuitem.c46e0ef7a29e9a3ece3ee6105740d0a0/   11/23/12 – atorvastatin, Ranbaxy – You may have heard of a voluntary recall of atorvastatin (generic Lipitor). We wanted to reassure our patients that the manufacturer …

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Medication Side Effects

When you pick up your prescription and look at the list of potential side effects, do your eyes start to glaze over? When you get home, do you toss the medication insert in the recycling bin, too overwhelmed to do anything with it? You’re not alone. Many people aren’t sure what to do with all …

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Medication Storage

What’s the worst thing that can happen if you take a medication that is past its expiration date? The medicine will just be a little bit weak, right? Wrong. Although that’s true in most cases, some outdated medications can become toxic and actually make you sick. Knowing how to store medications, as well as when …

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Safe Medication Disposal

  Most OTC and prescription medications can be disposed of in the household garbage, but there are some precautions that need to be taken. Never flush medications down the toilet or drain unless instructed to do so. (ex. used and unused Fentanyl patches are recommended to be flushed to reduce risk of accidental exposure or ingestion) …

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Taking Meds the Right Way

Medications can make a world of difference—if you take them the right way. Half the time, though, this doesn’t happen, at least when it comes to drugs doctors prescribe for chronic conditions.1 Sometimes people miss doses. Or they might stop refilling the prescription or never get it filled in the first place. Why does this …

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Upcoming Generic Releases

Generic medications have the same active ingredients as their Brand name equivalents, but at a more affordable price.  The following medications are expected to be released generically in the near-future. Diovan (valsartan)- mid-November – Diovan/HCT is now available Lescol XL (fluvastatin sodium Sr)  Pennsaid (diclofenac sodium topical solution) Rhinocort AQ Nasal spray (budesonide nasal) Zomig (zolmitriptan)   The …

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Vitamins

Learning the Basics about Vitamins   Vitamins are essentials – the substances your body needs to function normally. You can usually get the vitamins you need from a healthy, balanced diet. (1) Add a “rainbow of color” to your diet and you increase your chances of getting what you need. But some people lack certain …

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