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Pharmacy

separator Will the Anti-Viral Kleenex Work?
You may spot it on the shelves any day now—the new product from Kleenex that claims to be able to block cold and flu virus transmission to others. The Kleenex is treated with citric acid and sodium laurel sulfate, which are used in foods and toothpaste. But will it work?

It all depends on the way people use the Kleenexes and the way they throw them away. If there’s a lot of mucus, the anti-viral formula may not be strong enough. If the user of the Kleenex doesn’t wad it up carefully and throw it away instantly, the virus can still spread.

Source: American Medical News, 23/30 August 2004

Ask Your Pharmacist
Think of your pharmacist as a resource.

When you wonder whether a new prescription is safe to mix with something else you’re already taking, ask your pharmacist.

  • If you’re allergic to something and want to be sure it’s not an ingredient in your medication, ask your pharmacist.
  • If you forgot to ask your doctor about possible side effects of a prescription, ask your pharmacist about it when you go to pick up the drug.
  • If you’re wondering which over-the-counter medication might work best for your symptoms, ask your pharmacist.

Are Generic Drugs as Effective?
People often wonder whether a generic drug is as effective as the original brand name one. According to the Food and Drug Administration, generic drugs must be “identical in strength, dosage form, and route of administration.” They must also “meet the same batch requirements for identity, strength, purity, and quality.”

FDA-approved generic drugs have met the same strict standards as the original drug. So if you do notice that you’re getting a generic, you can rest assured that it’s as effective as the brand name product.

Source: Food and Drug Administration

What to Take for Exercise-Induced Asthma
Now that the weather is getting cooler, there are likely to be more problems with exercise-induced asthma, which occurs more frequently in colder air. If you or your child have this condition, remember that there are medications available to ease the symptoms. Drugs such as Albuterol, Salmeterol, montelukast and cromolyn can help. Be sure to make an appointment with your doctor or pediatrician to determine which medications would be most effective for you.

You can also help the condition by warming up slowly, stopping to rest when the asthma symptoms begin and then continuing after they stop, and by avoiding certain activities that tend to bring on the problem, such as running outside in cold weather.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Alternative Remedy for Cold, Flu?
If you’re looking for a natural remedy during cold and flu season, you may want to consider trying astragalus. It’s commonly used in China, and it’s thought to help boost the immune system. Astragalus is used in teas, tinctures or capsules, and comes from the root of the astragalus plant.

It’s generally believed that astragalus is safe for adults and children, but it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about it first, to be safe.

Source: K. Pelletier, The Best Alternative Medicine, Simon & Schuster, 2000.

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