About: Cara Acklin, Pharm. D.

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Insulin Pens and Cartridges
Insulin Pens and Cartridges

To B.B., Mosinee, Wisconsin: Colored insulin solutions would be expensive to test and produce. If you are having trouble measuring insulin in a syringe, talk... More

Taking Multiple Drugs
Taking Multiple Drugs

To M.G., Two or more medicines may be taken at once unless the labels state otherwise. If you find it difficult to swallow multiple pills,... More

More About Lactulose
More About Lactulose

To A.M., Lactulose (a combination of sugars not readily absorbed by the body) draws water into the bowel where it softens the stool and stimulates... More

Keep a List
Keep a List

To J.B., Lipitor and Lescol work in nearly the same way to help decrease cholesterol levels in the body. Taking two medicines with similar mechanisms... More

Lisinopril is Good for the Heart
Lisinopril is Good for the Heart

To E.H., Lisinopril is a generic drug that is FDA approved for two brand name products—Prinivil and Zestril. It may be prescribed alone or with... More

Statin Safety
Statin Safety

The FDA is repeating earlier warnings that certain statins to lower cholesterol do not mix with amiodarone, a drug prescribed to treat an irregular heartbeat.... More

Coughs, Colds, and Flu
Coughs, Colds, and Flu

You’ve heard it before, but the most effective strategy to fight germs is to wash your hands regularly. Using soap and warm water is best,... More

Made in the USA
Made in the USA

To J. R., Caseville, Michigan: You write that generic versions of Amaryl (for diabetes) and Vasotec (for high blood pressure) often vary in color or... More

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