Category Archives: Pharmacology

Even Short-term Oral Steroids Carry Serious Risk

The millions of Americans prescribed short-term oral corticosteroids are taking a dose of risk along with their medication, according to a cohort study of more than 1.5 million adults. Within 30 days of initiating these drugs, even at relatively low doses, users had a nearly twofold increased risk for fracture, a threefold increased risk for… Read More »

Viagra: How Does It Work?

What is Viagra? Viagra (sildenafil) relaxes muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. Another brand of sildenafil is Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and improve exercise capacity in men and women. Do… Read More »

Drug Prefixes, Roots, And Suffixes

Learning a “handful” of prefixes and suffixes will save you headaches, time, and pain when it comes to nursing pharmacology. We all know that -pril belongs to ACE inhibitors, but MOST drug classes have common prefixes and suffixes and once you learn the most important ones you will be able to quickly identify a medication… Read More »

Where Are the Antibiotics?

There’s a dire need for new drugs to fight the growing menace of superbugs, but few are in the works. What’s going on here? In an era when remarkable new pharmaceuticals are curing some of our most deadly afflictions and helping us live healthier lives, the world has largely abandoned the development of one of… Read More »

Non-Opioid Pain Medicine Options Could Save Millions of Lives

Opioid use in the U.S. is growing. According to Stockton Medical Group in Fayetteville, the problem is especially bad in Northwest Arkansas. Fox 24 News looked at what under the radar opioid options are available for pain management… which could save millions of lives. “I was on pain medication for many years,”Counselor Krystal Sims said.… Read More »

Kids Under 12 Shouldn’t Take Codeine Drugs, FDA Says

Children younger than 12 should not take codeine, a drug found in some cough and pain medicines, according to new rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that further restrict the use of this drug in kids. Parents should read the ingredient labels on pain and cough medicines to make sure that they don’t… Read More »