Among the top misconceptions elderly patients (and their caregivers) have about prescriptions and over-the-counter medications is that brand name medications are better than generic versions. We also clear up confusion on the safety of herbal remedies and common non-prescription sleep aids. Misconception: Brand name medications are better than generic ones This is a common misconception and many of my patients are confused why the Pharmacist will automatically dispense the
What are generic drugs? A generic drug is identical–or bioequivalent–to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at substantial discounts from the branded price. According to the Congressional Budget Office, generic drugs save consumers an estimated $8 to $10 billion a year at retail p
Most people are aware of the cardiovascular benefits of taking an aspirin daily, however, I often see a lot of confusion among my patients of how much and when is the best time to take it. Here is a little insight into the power of aspirin, and the side effects to be aware of: How much aspirin should I take daily? Most people only need to take 81 mg daily, this is often referred to as "baby aspirin". Taking more aspirin than your prescriber tells you will not make it work b
Insomnia is a common problem for many people. Those with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. A lack of sleep can cause people to have trouble functioning in their daily lives and ultimately their health. Sometimes insomnia only lasts for a short time, or for many people it’s a condition that affects them everyday. Most people want a quick fix when it comes to getting a good nights sleep, which often results in taking over the counter medications for sleep.