Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Contrave: New Investigational Weight Loss Drug

Contrave seems to offer advantages over previously available weight loss products, but it is my opinion that it is never a good first option to go on a weight loss medication. First, patients need to shine a bright light on lifestyle habits. All of the trials with this investigational drug were done with patients taking part in a diet and exercise program, so results showing effectiveness cannot be separated out to prove the effectiveness of the medication alone.

Read about Contrave.

Webmd has a good article about how Prescription Weight Loss Drugs work.

This article from Mayo Clinic supports my contention that changing your eating habits and incorporating exercise into your daily routine are essential first steps toward correcting obesity: Weight Loss Drugs: Can a Prescription Help You Lose Weight?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Pharmacist Compares Triptan Migraine Medications


Prescription migraine medications in the triptan class off drugs are available in oral forms, nasal spray, and injectables. This article will help you compare the different triptans with respect to onset of action, duration of relief, side effects, and contraindications.

The only injectable triptan on the market has been one called Imitrex. It uses a needle to deliver its dose. A new triptan called Sumavel DosePro is expected out very soon. Its claim to fame is that it is an injectable triptan that does not use a needle.

If you are a migraine sufferer, this article will help you take responsibility for your health by letting you see which triptan medication is likely to be right for you.

If you are interested in reading more about the new injectable Sumavel DosePro, you can read what its manufacturer has to say.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Pharmacist Gives Advice About High-Altitude Travel

If you have a ski trip or other trek to a high-altitude destination planned, this article will help you be prepared. Most of the time, high-altitude travel presents mild and short-lived symptoms, but if you are one of the unlucky ones that gets more uncomfortable, your doctor can help.

This article discusses two prescription medications that can be used for high-altitude symptoms, including side effects of the medications and what to do about them.

You will also learn what OTC medication can be taken for symptoms and who might need to take special precautions when traveling to high altitudes.

Knowing the symptoms of hypokalemia (low potassium) is important for everyone, even those who do not plan high-altitude travel. This article will tell you what to watch for and it lists a few high-potassium-content foods.

Read the entire article here: A Pharmacist Gives Advice About High-Altitude Travel

Princeton University has a good guide to high altitudes and how to acclimate to them. In addition to other good information, it tells what causes the symptoms and gives other good information about treatment, prevention, and cure of high-altitude illness.