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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211646/observational-study-on-the-dispensing-of-cough-syrups-to-children-with-acute-cough-by-community-pharmacists-in-france
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François-André Allaert, Stéphanie Villet, Stéphane Vincent, Laurent Sauve
BACKGROUND: Over-the-counter medicines may be proposed by pharmacists for children with acute cough. Study objectives were to describe the sociodemographic profile of children who were proposed a cough syrup by a pharmacist, the nature of the cough and type(s) of cough syrup proposed and to assess the evolution of the cough, tolerance and satisfaction with treatment. METHODS: Observational, prospective, longitudinal, multicentre study with 157 pharmacies in France...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210931/serotonin-syndrome-from-5-hydroxytryptophan-supplement-ingestion-in-a-9-month-old-labrador-retriever
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Hopkins Jennifer, Pardo Mariana, Bischoff Karyn
INTRODUCTION: 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplements are available over the counter and labeled as sleeping aids and anxiolytics for human use. 5-HTP is a serotonin precursor and overdose can lead to serotonin syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 9-month-old female Labrador retriever was evaluated after ingestion of a 5-HTP supplement. Signs of agitation developed within 1 h of ingestion, and emesis was attempted by the owner with  3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) orally. On presentation, the dog was obtunded, bilaterally mydriatic and salivating...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205376/drug-drug-interactions-in-pediatric-oncology-patients
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T E Balk, I H van der Sijs, T van Gelder, J J B Janssen, I M van der Sluis, R W F van Leeuwen, F K Engels
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) can negatively affect pharmacotherapy. However, pediatric DDI studies are scarce. We undertook an exploratory study to investigate prevalence and clinical relevance of DDIs between cytostatic and noncytostatic drugs in outpatient pediatric oncology patients. PROCEDURE: After informed consent and inclusion, the following information was collected: currently prescribed noncytostatic and cytostatic drugs, comorbidities, and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and dietary supplements...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202320/the-women-s-empower-survey-identifying-women-s-perceptions-on-vulvar-and-vaginal-atrophy-and-its-treatment
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Sheryl A Kingsberg, Michael Krychman, Shelli Graham, Brian Bernick, Sebastian Mirkin
INTRODUCTION: Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) affects up to two thirds of postmenopausal women, but most symptomatic women do not receive prescription therapy. AIM: To evaluate postmenopausal women's perceptions of VVA and treatment options for symptoms in the Women's EMPOWER survey. METHODS: The Rose Research firm conducted an internet survey of female consumers provided by Lightspeed Global Market Insite. Women at least 45 years of age who reported symptoms of VVA and residing in the United States were recruited...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198174/a-comparative-review-of-common-laxatives-in-the-treatment-of-constipation
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Kyle Fiorini, Steven Sato, Christopher M Schlachta, Nawar A Alkhamesi
Constipation is a common condition that affects people all over the world. Frequently sought out solution to this problem consists of laxatives, especially since these medications are easily accessible over-the-counter in most pharmacies. This has lead laxative spending in North America alone to be approximately $500 million per year. Due to this large expenditure, a review of the available laxative data was completed and common laxative classes were evaluated and contrasted for the purposes of evaluating cost-effectiveness...
February 14, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196633/old-and-new-oral-anticoagulants-food-herbal-medicines-and-drug-interactions
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Alessandro Di Minno, Beatrice Frigerio, Gaia Spadarella, Alessio Ravani, Daniela Sansaro, Mauro Amato, Joseph P Kitzmiller, Mauro Pepi, Elena Tremoli, Damiano Baldassarre
The most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulants worldwide are the vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) such as warfarin. Factors affecting the pharmacokinetics of VKAs are important because deviations from their narrow therapeutic window can result in bleedings due to over-anticoagulation or thrombosis because of under-anticoagulation. In addition to pharmacodynamic interactions (e.g., augmented bleeding risk for concomitant use of NSAIDs), interactions with drugs, foods, herbs, and over-the-counter medications may affect the risk/benefit ratio of VKAs...
February 5, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193274/evaluation-of-medicines-dispensing-pattern-of-private-pharmacies-in-rajshahi-bangladesh
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Shuvashis Saha, Md Tawhid Hossain
BACKGROUND: In developing country like BANGLADESH, people depend more on pharmacies due to expediency, shorter waiting time, cost reduction, availability of credit and flexible opening hours. The aim of this study was to investigate medicines dispensing patterns of the pharmacies in RAJSHAHI, BANGLADESH and to identify and analyze contribution of drugsellers and quacks in irrational drug use. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted during January 2016 - April, 2016 in 75 randomly selected private pharmacies including both licensed and unlicensed pharmacies of covering LAKSHMIPUR area...
February 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187744/medication-use-by-middle-aged-and-older-participants-of-an-exercise-study-results-from-the-brain-in-motion-study
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Tania Pannu, Sarah Sharkey, Grazyna Burek, Daniela Cretu, Michael D Hill, David B Hogan, Marc J Poulin
BACKGROUND: Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among older persons, accurate data on the patterns of use, including the quantity and type of medications consumed in a generally healthy older population from a Canadian perspective are lacking. In this study, we study the pattern of medication use in a sedentary but otherwise healthy older persons use and determined if there was an association between medication use and aerobic fitness level...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179696/effects-of-oral-vanadium-on-glycaemic-and-lipid-profile-in-rats
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Syed Zubair Hussain Shah, Abdul Khaliq Naveed, Amir Rashid
OBJECTIVE: Vanadyl sulphate, an inorganic tetravalent salt of transition metal vanadium is conventionally used to treat diabetes and by athletes as body-building supplement. Vanadyl sulphate is a constituent of many supplements and herbal preparations available over the counter in many parts of the world. In this study the efficacy of the salt as hypoglycaemic agent and its effects on lipid profile were determined when administered in therapeutic dose range (in humans) to healthy Sprague Dawley rats for a considerable duration...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177851/growing-pains
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Patrick J Lehman, Rebecca L Carl
CONTEXT: The term growing pains describes a common, benign syndrome of recurrent discomfort that occurs in young children. First described in the 1800s, the etiology of this condition remains unclear. The peak incidence does not correspond to a time of rapid growth. Children typically report bilateral pain in the lower extremities that occurs late in the day or at night. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The PubMed database was searched using the keywords growing pains, benign nocturnal limb pains of childhood, recurrent limb pain of childhood, and limb pain in childhood...
February 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163027/pharmacists-readiness-to-provide-naloxone-in-community-pharmacies-in-west-virginia
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J Douglas Thornton, Elizabeth Lyvers, Virginia Ginger G Scott, Nilanjana Dwibedi
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to assess West Virginia pharmacists' stocking and dispensing practices of opioid-related medications and to identify the educational needs relating to providing naloxone in community pharmacies. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, anonymous, 49-item survey was created and validated to assess the educational needs of West Virginia community pharmacists. SETTING: West Virginia. PARTICIPANTS: The data collection instrument was administered to 266 pharmacists currently licensed in West Virginia at 6 continuing pharmacy education events throughout the state from March 1 to June 15, 2016...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162966/over-the-counter-antibiotics-in-saudi-arabia-an-urgent-call-for-policy-makers
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Sharafaldeen Bin Nafisah, Salahaldin Bin Nafesa, Aliyah H Alamery, Mazen A Alhumaid, Haitham M AlMuhaidib, Fahad A Al-Eidan
Antibiotics over-consumption is a pandemic that has a tremendous cost on the overwhelmed healthcare system. The accessibility of antibiotics coupled with the misconception of public toward those drugs both of which implicated in the use and misuse of antibiotics. The aim of this study was to investigate the perception of the community toward antibiotics, its purpose and harmfulness, in addition to the accessibility of those drugs as over the counter and without prescriptions. We also investigated the behavior toward antibiotic prescriptions when perceived unnecessary...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158745/changes-in-over-the-counter-drug-misuse-over-20-years-perceptions-from-scottish-pharmacists
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Jessica Wright, Christine Bond, Helen D Robertson, Catriona Matheson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151951/comorbidities-of-hiv-infection-and-health-care-seeking-behavior-among-hiv-infected-patients-attending-public-sector-healthcare-facilities-in-kwazulu-natal-a-cross-sectional-study
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Manimbulu Nlooto
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected people may present with co-infections, comorbidities, and side effects associated with antiretroviral therapy. This study explored the prevalence of comorbid health problems and determined the extent of the use of traditional medicine for treatment of co-infections, comorbidities of HIV infection and side effects. METHODS: A cross sectional study, using researcher-administered questionnaires, was carried out among HIV-infected patients in eight public sector healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal between April and October 1024...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148262/demographic-factors-associated-with-dietary-supplement-prescriptions-filled-by-united-states-military-service-members-2005-2013
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Joseph J Knapik, Rosenie T Jean, Krista G Austin, Ryan A Steelman, Emily K Farina, Harris R Lieberman
BACKGROUND: Dietary supplements (DSs) can be purchased over-the-counter but may also be prescribed by medical personnel for specific therapeutic reasons. Few studies have examined this latter source of DSs despite the fact that 79% of physicians and 82% of nurses have recommended DSs to their patients. This investigation examined demographic factors associated with temporal trends in oral DS prescriptions filled by all United States (US) service members (SMs) from 2005 to 2013 (n = 1,427,080 ± 22,139, mean ± standard deviation per year)...
January 31, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137525/hypericum-perforatum-st-john-s-wort-as-a-possible-therapeutic-alternative-for-the-management-of-trigeminal-neuralgia-tn-a-case-report
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Khalil Assiri, Yagoub Alyami, James M Uyanik, Marcela Romero-Reyes
Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) is an alternative remedy used primarily for depression but also is used for rheumatism, gastroenteritis, headache and neuralgias. The mechanism of action of Hypericum perforatum comprehends a neurotransmitter inhibitory profile, and potential anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects suggesting a role for pain management. In this case report, we describe a 53-year-old Hispanic female patient who came to our orofacial pain clinical service presenting with a history of trigeminal neuralgia (TN)...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137294/prescription-omega-3-fatty-acid-products-containing-highly-purified-eicosapentaenoic-acid-epa
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REVIEW
Eliot A Brinton, R Preston Mason
The omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has multiple actions potentially conferring cardiovascular benefit, including lowering serum triglyceride (TG) and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) levels and potentially reducing key steps in atherogenesis. Dietary supplements are a common source of omega-3 fatty acids in the US, but virtually all contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in addition to EPA, and lipid effects differ between DHA and EPA. Contrary to popular belief, no over-the-counter omega-3 products are available in the US, only prescription products and dietary supplements...
January 31, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135825/il-10-gene-polymorphisms-and-self-medication-with-over-the-counter-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
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Stephen J Walsh
BACKGROUND: Genetic influences on self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs merit investigation. For example, patients frequently use OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat inflammation, but the inflammatory response is also affected by endogenous cytokines whose production varies across polymorphisms of their encoding genes. In the case of interleukin 10 (IL-10), literature suggests that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the promoter region of the cytokine's gene (-1082 A > G [rs1800896]) influences production with higher levels associated with G variant alleles...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132418/switching-adverse-effects-and-use-of-over-the-counter-analgesics-among-users-of-oral-anticoagulants-a-pharmacy-based-survey
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Maja Hellfritzsch, Lea Maria Rønneberg Hyllested, Line Meegaard, Alexander Wiberg-Hansen, Erik Lerkevang Grove, Anton Pottegård
Oral anticoagulants are widely used but information on important aspects in that respect is not available from medical registers or clinical databases. Therefore, we conducted a survey including patients filling a prescription for oral anticoagulants at two large Danish community pharmacies. We collected information concerning the patients' knowledge of their anticoagulant treatment including prior drug switching. Further, patients were asked about use of over-the-counter analgesics, adverse effects, and how the treatment affected their everyday life...
January 28, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130022/improving-over-the-counter-medication-safety-for-older-adults-a-study-protocol-for-a-demonstration-and-dissemination-study
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Michelle A Chui, Jamie A Stone, Richard J Holden
BACKGROUND: Adverse drug events (ADEs) associated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications cause 178,000 hospitalizations each year. Older adults, aged 65 and older, are particularly vulnerable to ADEs. Of the 2.2 million older adults considered at risk for a major ADE, more than 50% are at risk due to concurrent use of an OTC and prescription medication. OBJECTIVES: To refine the intervention and implementation strategy through diagnostic and formative evaluation; to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention for preventing misuse of high-risk OTC medications by older adults; and to evaluate the implementation of the intervention in community pharmacies...
January 24, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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