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Clinician’s Corner: Humidifiers

Let’s assume that you bought your hygrometer (humidity monitor) and your child is congested and you want to run a humidifier in your kid’s bedroom.  Your Thompson Pharmacist can help make the best and safest selection and provide tips to care for your humidifier. TYPES of HUMIDIFIERS “Cool Mist”...

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Clinician’s Corner: Choosing a Humidifier

We pharmacists frequently get questions about choosing a humidifier.  Your Thompson Pharmacist can help you make that decision but here is some pertinent information. Every homeowner should own a hygrometer that measures temperature and relative humidity. The ideal relative humidity for health and comfort is about 40-50%. A local...

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Clinician’s Corner: Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine

Since March 9, 2006, retail over-the-counter sales of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine have been regulated because of their use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine were moved behind pharmacy counter (BTC); positive identification was needed to purchase these products. Patients must produce some official ID such as a...

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Clinician’s Corner: Cough Suppressants

We dispense a lot of cough suppressants this time of year, when the OTC preps are ineffective.  We have two entirely different cough suppressants available by prescription only.  Both are swallowed, but one works centrally and the other locally in the lungs.  Remember that cough is only a symptom...

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Clinician’s Corner: Dextromethorphan

Dextromethorphan is the d-isomer of the codeine analog of levorphanol. Older “seasoned” pharmacists remember dispensing levorphanol under the brand name of Levo-Dromoran a Schedule-2 narcotic made by Roche and FDA approved in 1953.  It is still available as a generic for almost $40.00 per PILL! Dextromethorphan is a codeine...

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Clinician’s Corner: Cough Treatment

As we continue to exchange germs, lets expand on last week’s discussion of treatment of cough.  There are two sites of action for the treatment of cough.  Remember that a cough is our body’s way of removing that which doesn’t belong in our lungs.  The first decision to be...

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Clinician’s Corner: Doxycycline

I got an e-mail message this past week from one of my former Physician Assistant students:  A pharm question for you: Are there any major differences between doxycycline monohydrate and doxy hyclate? Many patients wind up with GI side effects and call in stating they can’t tolerate the medicine....

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