Could a prescription help treat my migraines?

If you suffer from the intense, throbbing headaches known as migraines, you join more than 30 million other Americans with this condition. Although prescription medications cannot specifically cure migraines, they can help remove the debilitating symptoms and help prevent future attacks. Drugs known as triptans help reduce the dilation of blood vessels in the brain that often cause migraines to worsen. According to pharmacist Jim Morelli, they target serotonin receptors and also interrupt the chain of chemical events that lead to a migraine. The sooner a person takes medication designed to stop the progression of a migraine, the better the results seen.

For patients whose migraines do not respond well to basic over-the-counter painkillers or general prescriptions, some doctors also prescribe drugs used for other conditions that have been found to help. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, and anticonvulsants. In the case of antihistamines, these drugs help relieve migraine symptoms by counteracting the dilation and inflammation caused by histamines in the body.

Side effects of medications used to treat migraines depends on the type prescribed. While triptans may cause tingling, sleepiness, and chest tightness, tricyclic antidepressants can cause weight gain and dry mouth, among other effects. It is important to talk to your doctor about prescriptions that may be able to help treat your migraines. He or she can help you figure out the right combination of medicines needed to relieve your symptoms. Also, ask your pharmacist if you have questions about dosage or side effects associated with a particular drug. By using your True Dental Discounts membership, you can save significant amounts of money on your prescriptions that will reduce your headaches and enrich your quality of life.

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Using a syringe for prescription medication

When a young child is sick, it can be difficult to give him of her the proper dose of medication recommended by your pediatrician. For instance, while older children can drink the medicine from a small cup, young children have not yet mastered that skill. In this case, the experts at RxList.com recommend using a syringe to administer the medication. To do this, parents should “squirt the medicine into the back of the child’s mouth” because it will be less likely to drip out. Many syringes are equipped with caps to minimize the risk of leakage, but it is crucial to remove the cap before giving the child the recommended dose because it poses a choking hazard.

Ideally, parents should look for syringes specially made for children, but hypodermic syringes can also work; just remember to take the needle out! For more information about administering medication to young children, talk to a pediatrician or pharmacist on your True Dental Discounts RX plan. True Dental Discounts members can save up to 60 percent on most prescription medications. Why wait?

This prescription can cause what?

Television commercials for prescription drugs today are filled with disclaimers about the risks of side effects. All drugs – even aspirin – have side effects, but they range from minor and slightly irritating to very serious. According to pharmacist Jim Morelli, the most common side effects of medication involve the gastrointestinal system (such as upset stomachs). Fortunately, the FDA must approve all new drugs released on the market to protect consumers and weigh the benefits vs. risks of each medication. However, many side effects are not known until after the product has been released. Because of this, the FDA recently mandated that all dispensed prescriptions (as well as many over-the-counter medications) must be labeled with a toll-free number. This number gives anyone the opportunity to report adverse effects they experience from taking the medication.

The risk of side effects alone should not discourage people from taking medicine that is necessary for their health, so talk to your True Dental Discounts doctor or pharmacist about any potential effects of prescriptions you’ve been taking. He or she can explain the benefits vs. risks of each drug and show you how to prevent certain irritating symptoms such as dry mouth. If you do happen to notice adverse effects from your prescriptions, it is important to tell your doctor because he or she can help you find a different prescription that works best for your body and your overall health

Treating asthma with prescriptions

Imagine this scenario: You walk into a room and immediately notice something different in the air. Your lungs begin to feel different – tighter – and breathing becomes difficult. Suddenly, you’re struggling to get enough air, and you begin to panic. It feels like you’re trying to breathe through a coffee stirrer. Right away, you realize you’re having an asthma attack. More than 15 million Americans suffer from this condition, which, according to the Rx List, is “a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes that causes swelling and narrowing of the airways.” Symptoms of asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing. In some patients, an asthma attack can be triggered by allergies or another irritant, while others have trouble during sports or other physical activities.

Fortunately, medications can help people control their asthma. According to the experts at Rx List, most prescriptions work by relaxing bronchospasm or by reducing inflammation. Most medications are inhaled because they work directly on the air passages and muscles affected by asthma. In severe cases, patients may be given corticosteroids orally; however, serious side effects can result over long periods of time, including osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Often, patients can benefit by identifying and systematically avoiding known irritants, including animal dander. To learn more about asthma and treating it with prescription medication, talk to a doctor. By purchasing medication at a participating pharmacy, True Dental Discounts members can save 10 to 60 percent on most prescriptions. Find out how you can uncover your own savings today.

Dry mouth and your prescriptions

It may seem like it’s just a minor hassle, but dry mouth – officially known as xerostomia – can have a major impact on a person’s oral health. The condition is appropriately referred to as dry mouth because it indicates a lack of saliva and is often accompanied by symptoms such as bad breath, a sore throat, and cracked lips. The causes of dry mouth range from normal aging to cancer treatments, but one of the major triggers is taking certain prescription medication. Specifically, the Mayo Clinic names drugs aimed at treating depression, anxiety, diarrhea, urinary incontinence and Parkinson’s disease as having a side effect of dry mouth. Because the number of medications taken typically rises with age, dry mouth is much more prevalent in older adults.

On its own, saliva plays a very important function in preserving a person’s oral health. It helps remove food and plaque from the teeth, preventing tooth decay; it limits infection-causing bacteria; and it neutralizes acids in the mouth. Not to mention, it makes food easier to swallow and taste, and it helps a person’s digestion. For these reasons, it’s very important to talk to your doctor or dentist if you notice persistent periods of dry mouth. If it is determined that a prescription is causing the condition, he or she can adjust your dosage or prescribe a similar drug that doesn’t have dry mouth as a side effect. You can also try drinking more water, breathing through your nose, or quitting any use of tobacco. Regardless of the treatment, it’s crucial that you work with your dentist to prevent future occurrences of dry mouth. The health of your teeth and mouth could depend on it.