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Types of Antidepressants and Their Side Effects

Antidepressants are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, so it is important to be familiar with their mechanism of action along with their side effects. Antidepressants Category 1: Reuptake Inhibitors There are three major neurotransmitters whose deficiency may contribute to depres...
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What Is a Pharmacy Technician?

Were you aware that pharmacies often employ both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, a job term that is sometimes shortened to pharm techs? Though some of their everyday tasks are similar, there are very important distinctions between these two positions and their roles in a pharmacy. Pharmacy...
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Drug Schedules/Classifications

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) has classified certain drugs, chemicals, and substances into five schedules, or categories, according to their potential for abuse and accepted medical use. The drug schedules are as follows: Level I- Highest level of abuse with no legally accepted medical use...
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Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen

Although people often use acetaminophen and ibuprofen interchangeably, the two have distinct advantages (and shortfalls) depending on symptoms and co-morbidities. ACETAMINOPHEN IBUPROFEN BRAND NAMES: Tylenol, Excedrin Advil, Aleve MAX ADULT DOSE: 4000mg 1200mg AGE RANGE:...
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Classes of Antibiotics

Carbapenems – ends in ‘-penem’ Ex: Imipenem (Primaxin) Cephalosporins – starts with “-Cef or Ceph” Ex: cephalexin (Keflex) Fluoroquinolones – ends in “-floxacin” Ex: ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Ciloxan) Glycopeptides – Ex: Vancomycin (Vancocin) Macrolides – ends in “-romycin” Ex: azithromycin ...
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