About: Cara Acklin, Pharm. D.

Posts by Cara Acklin, Pharm. D.:

Cream for Sunburn
Stop the Burn

Slip, slap, and slop on the sunscreen. But when sunburns happen despite our best intentions, follow these pharmacist-recommended strategies to save your skin.... More

Call First, Act Later
Call First, Act Later

One of the most rewarding parts of my work as a 
pharmacist is answering questions people have about their medicines. It is also one of... More

Be Careful with Coumadin
Be Careful with Coumadin

Warfarin (Coumadin), a prescription drug used to 
prevent blood clots, saves countless lives. However, many drugs and supplements (even common pain 
medicines like aspirin and... More

Allergy Relief
Allergy Relief

Don’t suffer needlessly from springtime allergy 
symptoms. Taken once or twice daily, over-the-counter (OTC) products that contain the active ingredient 
loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec)... More

Shingles Solutions
Shingles Solutions

An attack of shingles (caused by the reactivated 
chickenpox virus, which usually stays dormant in 
people who had the disease) is typified by burning pain... More

Water Pill Basics
Water Pill Basics

Water pills (called diuretics) get rid of extra fluid in the body, making it easier for the heart to pump, and help reduce blood pressure.... More

Gout: New Therapy Guidelines
Gout: New Therapy Guidelines

Recent medical findings show that 
lower doses of prescription colchicine treat gout just as well as the higher amounts used in past years—and with fewer... More

What Happened to Armour Thyroid?
What Happened to Armour Thyroid?

Armour thyroid, a natural hormone 
replacement for those suffering from 
hypothyroidism, is currently unavailable because of a shortage of its active 
ingredient (dried pig tissue... More

Heartburn Relief
Heartburn Relief

Long-term use of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (such as Aciphex) for acid reflux is seen by most as a safe choice that is made... More

Metformin and Glucose Levels
Metformin and Glucose Levels

The hemoglobin A1c level indicates a person's average blood glucose over the prior three months. It is a better measure of glucose control than... More

Tylenol: Beware of Overuse
Tylenol: Beware of Overuse

Check labels of cold and flu medicines for acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). Used correctly, acetaminophen is safe and effective with a lower... More

Heartburn Relief
Heartburn Relief

To A.S.: Long-term use of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (such as Aciphex) for acid reflux is seen by most as a safe choice that... More

Tylenol: Use as Directed
Tylenol: Use as Directed

When used correctly, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) is safe and effective with a lower risk of stomach upset than other over-the-counter pain relievers.... More

Metformin and Glucose Levels
Metformin and Glucose Levels

To E.W.: The hemoglobin A1c level indicates a person’s average blood glucose over the prior three months. It is a better measure of glucose control... More

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