Practical Radiance: A Few Words on my Upcoming Book

Practical Radiance: A Few Words on my Upcoming Book

I don’t see too many books written by pharmacists. Walking down the aisle of my local Barnes & Noble, I see plenty of books from doctors, mental health professionals, and nutritionists – but hardly any from pharmacists. It makes me wonder if the majority of people who enter the pharmacy profession are perhaps more “left-brain” dominant and don’t really take to writing. It also makes me think that we should definitely be hearing more from a pharmacist’s perspective. We are in a unique position in healthcare, often working as a…

A Deadly Cocktail: Why Opioids and Popular Anti-Anxiety Medications Should Not be Mixed

A Deadly Cocktail: Why Opioids and Popular Anti-Anxiety Medications Should Not be Mixed

Another concerning and potentially life-threatening factor should be considered for the millions of people who use opioid pain medications regularly. The manufacturer of two popular anti-anxiety drugs, known as benzodiazepines, just released some new information regarding the concomitant use with opioid pain medications. Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, or even death. The drug interaction has been known for quite some time now, but the recent severity of these risks has prompted some new warnings and precautions to be added to the…

Recent Updates Every Expectant Mother Should Read

Recent Updates Every Expectant Mother Should Read

Keeping up with medical news and changes in healthcare is undeniably a difficult task these days. Yet, the minute a woman learns she is pregnant, deciphering what is right and wrong for her or baby according to current guidelines seems like another full time job. Something may be deemed safe one minute, only to be reversed the next. Having just given birth to my second child, it has been of utmost importance for me to keep abreast of the current information available regarding pregnancy and childcare. Even though my first…

Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder

Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder

  In line at the grocery store. At your son’s baseball game. In the middle of a conference call for work. All throughout the night. All of these scenarios are fair game for when the urge to urinate hits. In fact, the symptom is so bothersome, you find yourself retracting from daily events or making sure there is a public restroom around wherever you go. The term is “overactive bladder,” or “OAB” for short, and you are wondering why you have this and what options are available. You may have…

10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Today

10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Today

  1. The Zika virus is actively being spread in South Florida, more specifically in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid travel to these areas. If a partner must travel to this area or another affected area outside of the US, safe sex practices (such as condoms or other barrier methods) must be used to avoid sexually transmitting the disease. Pregnant who live in or frequently travel to South Florida or another affected area must be tested for Zika in their first and second trimesters. 2….

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

It is possible that you still may feel depressed while on antidepressant therapy. Researchers found that adding a low-cost supplement to your regimen may help to reduce depressive symptoms. Those individuals battling depression know that some, if not many days feel like a chore. Despite being common, depression can be a finicky state to treat. Many consult with doctors, seek therapy, or are prescribed antidepressants. Antidepressants may not work the first time around, and some may find themselves on 2 or more medications in an effort for the drugs to augment each…

Mostly Organic Recipe for Cough Drops

Mostly Organic Recipe for Cough Drops

A few weeks ago, both of my parents came down with a nasty respiratory infection that had them coughing for days. My dad, being of Indian descent, is always looking for a natural alternative and swears by the power of cloves to help with throat pain and cough. Indeed, cloves have a lot of medicinal properties including antioxidant, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory benefits. I decided to try this simple recipe for clove cough drops using some organic ingredients. You may even discover that you already have many of these ingredients in…

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Last week, I embarked on a 3,000 mile journey to California with my 13 month old son to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. A long layover in Dallas, hours on a plane, and emerging molars left my typically easygoing son less than thrilled for a (thankfully) small portion of our stay. Yet, the crying and whining was so incessant one night, that it took a dose of ibuprofen and a drive around my sister’s neighborhood to get him settled. Eventually I was able to put my sleeping baby to bed. Yet,…