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Serotonin Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Serotonin is a chemical found in the body that helps your nerves and brain work. Some medications and supplements including prescription and even some over-the-counter ones can cause an increase of serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which means it is released from one nerve (or neuron) and “transmits” a signal to a nearby nerve. […]

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Leaves of Three, Let It Be!

By: Trenton Dunn, Pharm.D. Many of us in Arkansas may have heard this line once or twice as we grew up and played outside or even as we venture outdoors as adults, “leaves of three, let it be.” This sage advice specifically deals with the plants having a hallmark three leaves that protrude from a […]

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FAQ about Progesterone

What is Progesterone? Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands.  Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, and estrogens and testosterone.  In a normally […]

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Do Women Need Progesterone after a Hysterectomy?

To help relieve the symptoms of menopause, women are typically supplemented with estrogen therapy. For a woman who still has her uterus, estrogen therapy alone may cause the lining of the uterus to overgrow (called hyperplasia) and this can even lead to uterine cancer[1]. To balance out this effect of estrogen, progesterone therapy is also […]

Progesterone vs Medroxyprogesterone

Progesterone Medroxyprogesterone     Does not negate estrogen’s effects on lipids and modestly improves cholesterol [1] Adversely affects lipids and negates estrogen’s beneficial influence [1] Has an antihypertensive effect [2] Causes edema and fluid retention; increases risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and venous thromboembolism [3] Improves sleep and has a calming effect [4] Causes insomnia and anxiety [5] […]

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Getting Sick from a Tick

The weather is warming up, the spring rain showers are coming, and that means the people of Northwest Arkansas are going outside to play in full force. But the beautiful weather also means one of our least-favorite critters is making the rounds: the tick. Today, we are going to take a look at how ticks […]

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Tick Bite Prevention

By: Gary Fancher, PD Tick bites are possible all year here in the Ozarks, but are more prevalent in the warmer spring and summer months because of increased  vegetation and outdoor activities by larger numbers of people. There are a number of things we can do to reduce the chances of getting a tick bite and there are […]

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Progesterone Dosing Recommendation

Progesterone cream usually does not require a prescription to purchase and because of this there are many different progesterone products on the market. But not all progesterone creams are created equal. Independent studies have revealed that OTC progesterone creams vary widely in potency and their ability to be absorbed. It is important to make sure you […]

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Acid Reflux and Medications that Make it Worse

By: Caul Corbell, Pharm.D. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (better known as acid reflux or even just reflux), is a medical condition that occurs when gastric contents of the stomach are spilled into the esophagus.  This causes many troublesome symptoms including: heartburn, chronic cough, sore throat, tooth enamel loss, and chest pain. It is estimated […]