Over-the-counter medications are ones you can buy at your local pharmacy without requiring a prescription from your family physician and are used to treat symptoms associated with various types of illness. If you don’t need these medications then you...
Most of the time when you come down with a common cold, it is the result of a virus. Symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion and sinus pressure can be treated with over-the-counter medications...
If you’ve ever had a prescription filled in Canada or anywhere else across North America, then there is a strong likelihood that that medication you are taking (or have taken) is what’s known as a “generic” drug. In fact,...

The Use of NSAIDs

If you suffer from chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, headaches, arthritis, or even have dental issues (such as TMD) and menstrual cramps, then you’re most likely familiar with NSAIDs – also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The most common, traditional...
For many individuals suffering from pain, medications like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen can help in providing them with short-term relief. Similar to Ibuprofen, long-term use of acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is not recommended for patients suffering from chronic pain conditions –...
Antibiotics are used to treat different types of bacterial infections. If your doctor has prescribed you an antibiotic, then you should take it and follow the dosing instructions provided to you. If you fail to take the antibiotic, miss...
In 2016, there were 922 overdose deaths in British Columbia. In Vancouver, 15 people died from opioid-related overdoses in just one week alone, and the number of opioid deaths in the Province is expected to reach as high as...
In an announcement made on Tuesday, the British Columbia government said that individuals diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis C would be provided full access to treatment funded under PharmaCare, even during early stages of the disease. In addition, they also...
For some people, medications are a daily necessity to help stabilize many health conditions. For example, individuals with asthma, COPD, or other respiratory-related conditions often require the use of an inhaler or bronchodilator, while individuals who suffer from thyroid...
One of the most common questions that patients tend to ask pharmacists is whether or not it’s safe to take a medication past its expiry date. If so, for how long? And if not, what should you do with...