Taking a BZD in combination with an opioid increases the risk of a drug overdose 10 times and increases the risk of overdose in a dose-dependent fashion.
Whether it’s weed, edibles, salves or oils, legally available marijuana-based products used as medication continues to be — pun intended — on the rise. With an aging population with multiple and often chronic conditions, it’s no huge surprise. Thus, the importance of taking its growing availability seriously shouldn’t be overlooked when considering all aspects of a patient’s medication regimen and its ongoing management.
With continued expansion of the recalls for various angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), many patients, pharmacists and prescribers are left seeking guidance. Various products containing irbesartan, losartan and valsartan — all ARBs — have been affected by the recall. We’re here to help.
Having trouble sleeping? Contrary to long-standing rumor, counting sheep never did work well, and since the ’50s, late-night television turned down low has often been the go-to for helping battle a common problem — sleep disorders.
Most of us who have potential cardiovascular issues are told by our physicians to take a low-dose aspirin every day as a precaution. But now, that long-established advice is being refuted by new clinical studies, as reported broadly in highly respected medical journals and in the news.
Prescriber-to-pharmacist communication — One of the best improvements we’ve experienced is simply including on the face of discharge prescriptions a direct phone number to the hospital’s Emergency Department pharmacist or acute inpatient pharmacy.