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Topical Treatment for Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a condition characterized by chronic vulvar pain that may include a burning or itching sensation. The condition is not caused by an infection or acute injury but often to neurological pain. The pain can be exacerbated by certain movements that cause friction like with bike riding or sitting. Pain is generally least noticeable when lying down. Pudendal, ilioinguinal, or genitofemoral neuralgia is often the cause of vulvar pain…
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Alternative Source to Buy Sildenafil and Tadalafil

Sildenafil and tadalafil are the two most commonly prescribed ingredients in drugs to reduce erectile dysfunction and enhance male sexual performance. Both drugs were sold commercially in FDA-approved medications for treating erectile dysfunction and had well-recognized brand names. When the patents expired, these popular drugs became available as generics. While the commercially available versions were sold in a tablet form, our pharmacy usually compound these drugs into troches (medical lozenges).…
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Addison’s Disease and Hydrocortisone Capsules

Addison’s disease is a rare condition that results in insufficient production of hormones by the adrenal glands. It is primarily treated with the use of glucocorticoids like hydrocortisone, which helps restore normal production of cortisol. If the disease goes undetected for a long time, it may take an accident or illness to become aware of the disease. When this happens it is referred to as an Addisonian crisis and is…
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Nature Throid Shortage

Nature Throid is a brand-name version of desiccated thyroid that is currently unavailable in most dosages due to a shortage. The manufacturer has only been able to provide limited strengths while patients search for alternative sources for their thyroid medication. It is likely that the shortage of Nature Throid will continue for at least a few more months and maybe longer. Even if the shortage is resolved, there is always…
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Miracle Mouthwash

Miracle mouthwash, also sometimes referred to as magic mouthwash, is a broad term used to describe a variety of oral rinses for treating stomatitis and oral thrush. These mouthwashes are frequently prescribed for patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.  A miracle mouthwash most often contains a combination of ingredients that can include an antihistamine, corticosteroid, antibiotic, antifungal, and anesthetic. Since there are no commercially available mouthwashes with each of these ingredients,…
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Antifungal Mouthwash for Thrush

Oral thrush, which is due to an accumulation of the fungus Candida albicans, is the most common type of oral fungal infection. Oral thrush occurs when the fungus Candida albicans over-accumulates in the mouth and causes a white coating on the tongue. This fungus is often present in a healthy mouth but can cause oral thrush if it is not managed by the body’s normal immune response.  It is especially…
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Treating Zika Virus with the Antimalarial Chloroquine

When the Zika virus spread into the United States last year, the main concern was the potential damage it could cause to the fetus in pregnant women. While the virus results in mild symptoms for adults like headache and skin rashes, in pregnant women it can result in a child being born with microcephaly and other abnormalities. There is no known drug that can completely eliminate the virus, so treatment…
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Hydroquinone Prescription Creams

Hydroquinone is an effective lightening agent used by dermatologists and aestheticians. A hydroquinone cream is sometimes referred to as a “bleaching cream” because of its ability to lighten skin tone but there is no bleach in any of these products. While there are lower-strength versions of these creams available over-the-counter, the higher strengths are only available with a prescription. Additionally, the highest strength that is commercially available with a prescription…
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Antimalarials for Rheumatic Conditions

The drugs quinacrine, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine were all developed as antimalarials but found new applications in treating chronic conditions. The conditions that benefit most from these drugs are those that involve inflammatory processes such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. While the exact mechanism of action is not known, many rheumatologists prescribe these medications because of their proven success in relieving symptoms like pain and swelling and preventing the recurrence of…
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Low Dose Naltrexone for Psoriasis

Low Dose Naltrexone for Psoriasis Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that results in patches of dry, itchy skin. This occurs because of an excessive buildup of skin due to overactive growth of skin cells. Even though the patches of skin may look contagious, there is nothing contagious about psoriasis. It is genetically determined whether an individual will develop it but environmental factors often trigger flare-ups. Currently there is…
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