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Clinician’s Corner: Smoking Cessation Therapies

Last week we discussed the role of nicotine replacement products.  This week we will focus on the role of prescription drugs indicated for smoking cessation.  Your Thompson Pharmacist can help guide you through the challenges of quitting smoking, with these prescription products. The effect of smoking on drug metabolism:...

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Clinician’s Corner: Smoking

In 2017, an estimated 14% (34.3 million) U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. While this number is down from rates in the mid 90’s, it still presents a huge public health concern.  Smoking is responsible for about 90% of...

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Clinician’s Corner: Gout Prevention

Ground Rules for GOUT PREVENTION: Patients after an acute gouty arthritis attack are candidates for long term prevention aimed at reducing the serum uric acid levels. Don’t start prevention therapy while having gout attack Goal of chronic therapy is to decrease future attacks, and reduce body stores of urate,...

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Clinician’s Corner: Gout Drugs

Your Thompson Pharmacist can easily tell if a patient has a gout attack.  Usually an overweight male, hobbles into the pharmacy in a pair of slippers with the toe cut out! There are several treatment options to give this patient relief. TREATMENT OF ACUTE GOUT ATTACKS Ground Rules for...

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Clinician’s Corner: Gout

Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis, affecting approximately 8.3 million Americans (6.1 million men and 2.2 million women). Gout has been increasing over the last half century, due to the aging of the population, increased use of medications that can trigger gout, and the obesity epidemic. It is...

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Clinician’s Corner: Use of E-cigarettes

My wife, Denise and I had the privilege of attending a program sponsored by our local Chamber of Commerce, featuring Dr. George Zlupko.  Dr Zlupko is our areas leading pulmonologist, who founded the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and has provided services to the Altoona area for 3...

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Clinician’s Corner: Alcoholic Vitamins

Alcoholics often eat poorly, limiting their supply of essential nutrients and affecting both energy supply as well as cell and organ system structure maintenance. In general, moderate drinkers (two drinks or less per day) seem to be at little risk for nutritional deficiencies.  Furthermore, alcohol affects all the pharmacokinetic...

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Clinician’s Corner: Zinc

We started this journey through the vitamin aisle on November 1,2018 with Clinician’s Corner.  Now 4 and ½ months later we wrap up this journey through the vitamins and supplements with Zinc. Zinc is considered to be an essential “trace element” that has to come from the diet. Involved...

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