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Clinician’s Corner: Aspirin

Aspirin has been around 120 years now, and we still are getting clarification on its appropriate use. Aspirin Dosage: for relief of mild to moderate pain is 325-1000mg every 4-6 hours., with a maximum dose = 4000 mg/day. Up to 3-4 g per day has been used for the...

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Clinician’s Corner: NSAIDS

We hear the term NSAIDS a lot in the pharmacy and in our doctor’s offices.  Just exactly what are they? Basically, they are drugs that block inflammation, like prednisone does but they are NOT steroids, like prednisone.  The name NSAID gives that away. MOST NSAIDS inhibit COX-1 and COX-2...

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Clinician’s Corner: Antihistamines

Last week we discussed the abundance of ragweed and its associated effects right here in Central Pennsylvania.  This week we will discuss the use of antihistamines, of the first generation. MECHANISM: ANTI-histamines block the action of histamine on tissues containing histamine receptors.  Some also block histamine release, but only...

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Clinician’s Corner: Ragweed Allergy

Achoooo.. That most familiar sound we hear this time of the year as the ravages of ragweed in the fields affects our patients.  A retired allergist once told me that Central Pennsylvania was the best place on earth to practice!  We have the deciduous and evergreen tree pollens in...

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