Brand name vs Generic drugs – Are they really Equivalent?

We get asked very often about the difference between a brand name drug and a generic drug and it always centers around the question if they really Equivalent; And if so, why the big price difference? Almost everyone knows that brand name drugs are much more expensive than their generics, and the substantial price difference leads many to believe brand name drugs are more effective. Some even seem to think of generic drugs as copy-cats or knock-offs of the original brand name medication, like the so-called “Rolex” watches and “Louis Vuitton” bags sold by street vendors. However, any healthcare professionals will confirm that generic drugs are just as effective as brand-name ones. This article will provide a detailed review of why generic drugs are much cheaper but equally effective to brand name drugs. Continue reading

Tips on Selecting OTC Cough and Cold Medications

Every pharmacy has an entire aisle designated for cough and cold remedies with dozens if not hundreds of products to select from. They range from familiar brand names we see daily from TV commercials such as Tylenol, Advil, Buckley’s, Robitussin, etc. to in-house and no-name generic brands. There are also a variety of products under each brand, for example Tylenol, Tylenol Complete, Tylenol Cough&Cold, Tylenol Flu, Tylenol Cold&Sinus…..and the list goes on. In order to select a product that is right for you, you will need to look beyond the brand logo in the front of the box and read the medical ingredients’ label to pick the product that contains the right mix of medical ingredients tailored for your symptoms.  Continue reading

4 Lifestyle Changes That Can Reduce Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance present in all our bodies, and while a little bit of cholesterol is necessary to keep our bodies functioning, an excess of this sticky substance can be very harmful and lead to problems like heart disease and heart attacks. Fortunately there are solutions that can help patients lower their cholesterol, and often a combination of lifestyle changes and medication will produce the best results. Continue reading

5 Ways to Control Blood Sugar Levels for Diabetics

Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which your body is unable to product insulin (or unable to produce enough) to take glucose from the foods you eat and allow it to enter your cells, where it can be used as energy. When it cannot get into the cells, the result is an elevated level of glucose in your blood.

The number of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased to almost 30 million Americans and close to 400 million people worldwide, with estimates that the number will double in the next 15 years. If you are one of the millions who have this disease, it’s important to know how to control your blood sugar so you can avoid serious complications. Continue reading