CHPA Educational Foundation Survey Provides Insight 
into What Consumers Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Medicines

CHPA Educational Foundation Survey Provides Insight 
into What Consumers Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Medicines

Education about in-home medicine disposal a growing priority for foundation Washington, D.C. –  The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation today released a national survey, which was conducted to identify consumers’ knowledge gaps around the appropriate use, storage, and disposal of oral over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and to inform future foundation programs and initiatives. The […]

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Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

A child with a fever can be worrisome for any parent. But contrary to what many believe, a fever doesn’t always need to be treated. One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is when to treat a fever and how. This can be difficult and depends on several factors, including the […]

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Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen

Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

When your little one is sick, nothing is more important than knowing how to treat them with care. The makers of pediatric liquid acetaminophen, the most commonly used medicine to treat pain and fever in children, have made certain changes to help parents ensure proper dosing. There used to be two concentrations: one for infants […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies

Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies

By: Val Jones, M.D.

It’s that time of the year again. Pollen levels around the country are rapidly increasing at the same time that some of my patients are catching cold viruses at the tail-end of winter. How can you tell if your runny nose and watery eyes are a result of allergies or a cold virus? Sometimes it’s […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza

By: Val Jones, M.D.

What causes the flu? Every year, 5 to 20% of Americans become sick with the flu. This illness is caused by a highly contagious family of influenza (“flu”) viruses that live in human respiratory droplets and are transmitted from person to person through the air and on surfaces that have been touched by individuals with […]

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Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family

Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family

By: Val Jones, M.D.

What is acetaminophen and how does it work? Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer that is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) medicines, including not only pain relievers and fever reducers but also medicines for cough, cold, allergy and sleep aids. It was first marketed in the United States […]

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Tips for Taking Dietary Supplements

Tips for Taking Dietary Supplements

By: Nicole Ferring Holovach, M.S., R.D.

Be honest – when was the last time you ate your suggested five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Despite your best efforts to eat a balanced diet, you may be falling short of the recommended daily amount of certain nutrients. Many people turn to dietary supplements to get their recommended intake […]

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How To Choose The Best Over-The-Counter Pain Medicine

How To Choose The Best Over-The-Counter Pain Medicine

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Pain is one of the most challenging symptoms to treat. It can be caused by many different things such as heat, cold, pressure, traction, inflammation, and nerve damage. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines offer a wide variety of treatment options for the various types of pain. It’s important to understand the cause of your pain in […]

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Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season

Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Colds and flu: what’s the difference? Many of my patients are not sure how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Their confusion is understandable since colds and flu share some (but not all) of the same symptoms. Here’s how I describe how to tell if you are infected with a cold […]

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How To Read a Drug Facts Label

How To Read a Drug Facts Label

By: Val Jones, M.D.

All over-the-counter (OTC) medicines contain a Drug Facts label on their outer package that tells you how, when, and how often to use a medicine. It also provides important information that is always presented in the same format. This is a copy of a typical Drug Facts label. Notice that the first section is about […]

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