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Duloxetine: medicine to treat depression, anxiety, nerve pain, and stress urinary incontinence

Duloxetine is an antidepressant medicine.

It’s used to treat depression and anxiety.

It’s also used to treat nerve pain, such as fibromyalgia, and can be used to treat stress urinary incontinence in women.

Duloxetine comes as capsules and is only available on prescription.

  • Duloxetine normally takes 2 to 4 weeks to work. It may take longer if you’re taking it for nerve pain.
  • Common side effects include feeling sick, a dry mouth, headache, constipation and feeling sleepy. These side effects are usually mild and go away after a couple of weeks.
  • If you and your doctor decide to take you off duloxetine, your doctor may recommend reducing your dose gradually to help prevent extra side effects.
  • Duloxetine is also called by the brand names Cymbalta and Yentreve.

3. Who can and can’t take it

Duloxetine can be taken by adults aged 18 years and over.

For stress urinary incontenince, duloxetine can only be used by women.

Duloxetine is not suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, tell your doctor if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to duloxetine or any other medicines in the past
  • have kidney or liver problems
  • have a heart problem
  • are taking or have taken other medicines for depression within the last 14 days
  • have an eye condition called glaucoma – duloxetine can increase the pressure in your eye
  • have or have had fits, manic episodes or bipolar disorder
  • bruise easily
  • are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or you’re breastfeeding

4. How and when to take it

For depression, anxiety and nerve pain, you’ll usually take duloxetine once a day.

For urinary incontinence, you’ll usually take duloxetine twice a day.

Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water or juice. Do not chew them.

You can take duloxetine with or without food, but it’s best to take it at the same time each day.

How much will I take?

For depression, anxiety and nerve pain, duloxetine comes in 30mg and 60mg capsules.

For stress urinary incontinence, duloxetine comes in 20mg and 40mg capsules.

How much you take will depend on what you’re taking it for:

  • depression – the starting dose is 60mg a day and can be increased to 120mg a day
  • anxiety – the starting dose is 30mg a day and can be increased to 60mg a day
  • nerve pain – the starting dose is 60mg a day and can be increased to 60mg twice a day
  • stress urinary incontinence – the starting dose is 20mg twice a day and can be increased to 40mg twice a day after 2 weeks

What if I forget to take it?

If you usually take duloxetine:

  • once a day – take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s less than 12 hours until your next dose, in which case skip the missed dose
  • twice a day – take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s less than 4 hours until your next dose, in which case skip the missed dose

Never take 2 doses at the same time to make up for a forgotten one.

If you forget doses often, it may help to set an alarm to remind you.

You could also ask your pharmacist for advice on other ways to help you remember to take your medicine.

What if I take too much?

The amount of duloxetine that can lead to an overdose varies from person to person.

Call your doctor straight away if you take too much duloxetine and:

  • you feel sleepy
  • you’re being sick (vomiting)
  • have tremors
  • feel dizzy
  • have a fast heart rate
  • have a fit (seizure)
  • are sweating
  • feel restless

If you need to go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department, do not drive yourself – get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.

Take the duloxetine packet or the leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine, with you.

Like all medicines, duloxetine can cause side effects in some people. But most people have no side effects or only minor ones.

Some of the common side effects of duloxetine will gradually improve as your body gets used to it.

Common side effects

These side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people.

Keep taking the medicine, but tell your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • difficulty sleeping
  • headaches
  • feeling dizzy
  • blurred vision
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • tiredness
  • less appetite than usual and weight loss
  • feeling less interested in sex, or having problems keeping an erection or reaching orgasm

Serious side effects

Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 10,000.

Go to A&E immediately if you get:

  • tightness in your chest or shortness of breath
  • any bleeding that’s very bad or that you cannot stop, such as cuts or nosebleeds that do not stop within 10 to 15 minutes
  • painful erections that last longer than 4 hours – this may happen even when you’re not having sex

Call a doctor straight away if you experience:

  • thoughts about harming yourself or ending your life
  • hallucinations or become aggressive and angry
  • feelings of euphoria, excessive enthusiasm or excitement, or feeling restless that means you cannot sit or stand still
  • constant headaches, long-lasting confusion or weakness, or frequent muscle cramps – these can be signs of low sodium levels in your blood (which can cause seizures in severe cases)
  • yellowing of the skin, or the whites of your eyes go yellow – these can be signs of a liver problem
  • eye pain or blurred vision
  • vomiting blood or dark vomit, coughing up blood, blood in your pee, black or red poo – these can be signs of bleeding from the gut
  • bleeding from the gums, or bruises that appear without a reason or get bigger

Book an appointment with your doctor if you experience:

  • changes in your periods, such as heavy bleeding, spotting or bleeding between periods

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to duloxetine.

Contact a doctor straight away if:

  • you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • you’re wheezing
  • you get tightness in the chest or throat
  • you have trouble breathing or talking
  • your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling

These are warning signs of a serious allergic reaction.

A serious allergic reaction is an emergency.

These are not all the side effects of duloxetine.

For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.

What to do about:

  • difficulty sleeping – try taking duloxetine first thing in the morning
  • headaches – make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink too much alcohol. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller. Talk to your doctor if they last longer than a week or are severe.
  • feeling dizzy – if duloxetine makes you feel dizzy when you stand up, try getting up very slowly or stay sitting down until you feel better. If you begin to feel dizzy, lie down so you do not faint, then sit until you feel better. Do not drive or use tools or machines if you feel dizzy, have muscle cramps or muscle pain, or if you just feel a bit shaky.
  • blurred vision – avoid driving or using tools or machines while this is happening. If it lasts for more than a day or two, speak to your doctor as they may need to change your treatment.
  • constipation – try to eat more high-fibre foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Try to exercise more regularly by going for a daily walk or run, for example. If this does not help, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
  • diarrhoea – drink lots of fluids, such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any other medicines to treat diarrhoea without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor first.
  • feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) – stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food. Make sure you take duloxetine in the morning with some food and try small, frequent sips of water if you’re being sick to avoid dehydration.
  • dry mouth – chew sugar-free gum or sugar-free sweets
  • sweating – try wearing loose clothing, use a strong anti-perspirant, and keep cool using a fan if possible. If this does not help, you may need to try a different type of antidepressant.
  • tiredness – do not drive or use tools or machinery if you’re feeling this way. Try taking duloxetine 1 hour before bedtime. Cut down the amount of alcohol you drink as this will make you feel more tired. If this symptom does not go away after a week or two, ask your doctor for advice.
  • less appetite than usual and weight loss – this side effect should get better as your body gets used to the medicine. It may also help to eat smaller meals more often and eat foods you really enjoy. If your appetite does not improve or you lose a lot of weight, ask your doctor for advice.
  • feeling less interested in sex, or having problems keeping an erection or reaching orgasm – speak to your doctor if you experience this side effect and it does not go away.

7. Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It’s important for you and your baby that you stay well during your pregnancy.

There’s no firm evidence that duloxetine is harmful to an unborn baby. But for safety, pregnant women are usually advised to only take it if the benefits of the medicine outweigh the potential risks.

If you become pregnant while taking duloxetine, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

If you need to take duloxetine during pregnancy to remain well, your doctor can explain the risks and the benefits to help you decide which treatment is best for you and your baby.

For more information about how duloxetine can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, read the leaflet on the best use of medicines in pregnancy (BUMPS) website.

Duloxetine and breastfeeding

If your doctor or health visitor says your baby is healthy, duloxetine may be used during breastfeeding.

Duloxetine passes into breast milk in very small amounts, but it’s not known if it’s harmful to the baby.

It’s important to continue taking duloxetine to keep you well. Breastfeeding will also benefit both you and your baby.

If you notice that your baby’s not feeding as well as usual or seems unusually sleepy, or you have any other concerns about your baby, talk to your health visitor or doctor as soon as possible.

Tell your doctor if you’re:

  • trying to get pregnant
  • pregnant
  • breastfeeding

Some medicines and duloxetine can interfere with each other and increase the chances of you having side effects.

Tell your doctor if you’re taking:

  • any other medicines for depression – some rarely used antidepressants can interfere with duloxetine to cause very high blood pressure even after you have stopped taking them
  • medication used to thin the blood, such as warfarin
  • diazepam, chlorphenamine or other medication that can make you feel more sleepy
  • tramadol – this can increase the chances of you having certain side effects

Mixing duloxetine with herbal remedies and supplements

Do not take the herbal remedy St John’s wort while you’re being treated with duloxetine, as this will increase your risk of side effects.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

Originally posted on https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/duloxetine/

5 Ways Your Local CVS Pharmacy Promotes a Healthier Lifestyle

The modern consumer is no longer turning to pharmacies just for sick-care. Instead, they are looking for self-care products that can boost their general health.

The 24-hour CVS Pharmacy realizes people’s lifestyle choices can impact their health. That’s why the pharmacy company has chosen to lead by example when it comes to good health.

Check out the 5 ways your local CVS Pharmacy promotes a healthier lifestyle.

1. A Tobacco-free Pharmacy

You might be surprised to learn that 69.9 million Americans under the age of 12 use tobacco. Tragically, the use of tobacco is the leading cause of death in the US.

Back in 2014, CVS Pharmacy made a bold decision to remove all tobacco products from their 7,600 stores.

It became the first national pharmacy chain to ban all tobacco products. As a healthcare company, they aim to set the standard in the industry and for their customers.

No-one can deny it was a risky move, as it could potentially cost the company billions of dollars in revenue.

Following the announcement, the First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted her support. Stating “we can all breathe a little easier, and our families can live healthier”.

2. Skin Care

It’s not only smoking that can have a considerable impact on your health.

Sunscreen can provide protection against the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Unfortunately, the UV rays are connected to the majority of skin cancers.

Not only that, but it can cause significant eye damage and premature skin aging. As a result, it is vital to wear a high SPF to protect your skin.

To prevent skin cancer, CVS Pharmacy chose to take all sun care products with an SPF lower than 15 off the shelves.

The move is to encourage their customers to wear a higher SPF when enjoying the sun.

This also led to all the stores expanding their range of SPF 30 products. Not only does this apply to sunscreen, but to many natural beauty brands and skin health ranges.

It has been reported that an SPF 15 only blocks 93% of UV radiation – with lower SPFs blocking even less.

While an SPF 30 can block 97% of those harmful UV rays. It’s smart to wear a higher SPF, as consumers often do not apply enough sunscreen.

A stronger SPF will provide a much higher safety margin when spending time in the sun.

3. Healthier Foods

One of the best ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle is by eating and drinking the right food and beverages.

Unhealthy foods can cause a variety of serious health conditions, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Not only that, but eating and excess of unhealthy foods will lead to weight gain. Consequently, a person may experience low self-esteem, depression or anxiety.

In 2016, CVS Pharmacy enhanced their healthier eating selection in 100 stores each week. You can now enjoy a wide range of carefully-selected national and niche brands.

It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for affordable foods to eat on-the-go. As a result, the pharmacies make it easier to make healthy food choices for your lifestyle.

You can pick up everything from sugar-free, gluten free or organic products.

You also won’t find any of the sugar-laden snacks at the checkout, either. Instead, you can pick up better-for-you treats that will keep the hunger pangs at bay.

From a healthy lunch to a tasty snack at midnight, you will be spoilt for nutritious options. It’s hardly surprising the company is one of the most popular US 24-hour pharmacies in the United States.

4. No More Artificial Trans Fats

CVS Pharmacy is quickly establishing itself as a self-care care leader, aiming to improve consumers’ general health when possible.

It has become the first US pharmacy chain to remove trans fats from their store brand food items.

Artificial trans fats can often be found in processed foods, such as:

  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Cakes
  • Crackers
  • Doughnuts
  • Cream-filled candies

It’s often used to boost an item’s shelf life. Unfortunately, trans fats may cause high cholesterol that can lead to a heart attack, type 2 diabetes or a stroke.

5. A Low-Cost Adrenaclick

An EpiPen is a lifesaving injection that contains epinephrine, which can:

  • Open the airways in your lungs
  • Narrow blood vessels

As a result, it can improve severe blood pressure, hives, wheezing and severe itching. It is also reverse allergic reaction symptoms and can treat anaphylaxis.

CVS Pharmacy has introduced a similar auto-injector, called Adrenaclick. Yet, this is available at a more affordable rate for customers.

It contains the same medications as the EpiPen to control life-threatening reactions. However, it will use a different delivery system.

The EpiPen can cost customers between $300+. The generic Adrenaclick is available for approximately $200.

The Future of CVS Pharmacy

Did you know that some makeup and cold and flu medications contain preservatives?

By 2019, CVS Pharmacy will aim to remove all items that feature:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde donors

Not only that, but they have expanded their vitamin and supplements range. What’s more, the company is developing third party testing to impose stricter standards on the products.

Conclusion

CVS Pharmacy has undoubtedly made some big and bold moves when it comes to health.

Needless to say, they have become a leading provider of healthcare products. For this reason, it’s the go-to place when looking for items to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

While you will not find harmful cigarettes or trans fats on the shelves, you can enjoy a wide range of healthy foods. You will also be able to take your pick from the best sunscreens for your skin.

The great news is, for the most part, the pharmacies are open 24-hours per day. This means you can pick up all the self-care products you need when it’s convenient for you.

It’s important to note that 24 hour pharmacy hours may not always be available if you live in a small town or suburb. If in doubt, phone ahead to ask about their hours of operation.

You could also click here to find out why some CVS pharmacies will differ from branch to branch.

CVS or Walgreens: Which Is the Best 24 Hour Pharmacy?

The 24-hour pharmacy is one of the great all-day inventions. Its easy accessibility and convenience make it a perfect fit for the person looking for anything from medication to a quick bag of chips on the fly.

When you think of pharmacies, you probably think about the giants: CVS and Walgreens. And though most people think of the two as completely interchangeable, there are real differences between the two brands.

So we decided to take a look at Walgreens and CVS for a battle of the pharmacies.

Before going further, all readers should be aware that both CVS and Walgreens are giant companies.

That means if you really want to know which one is better for you, you should consider more than just an overall look at the companies and examine the stores closest to you.

24 Hour Pharmacy Battle: Rewards and Everyday Savings

Rewards programs are the bread and butter of most stores. So when it comes to CVS and Walgreens, which has the better program?

Well, in this battle, CVS has the clear edge for a few reasons.

First, CVS offers a convenient and easy to use the app to track your purchases, along with more rewards opportunities.

And with CVS customers being able to save twice as much per dollar spent as Walgreens customers, the store provides real options for everyday savings.

Because of this, CVS has the clear edge over Walgreens when it comes to rewards and everyday savings.

Locations

A 24-hour pharmacy is only useful if you’re looking for an open store near you. The store three towns over will not help you if you urgently need a pharmacy at 3 AM.

As with the last round, CVS has the clear edge over Walgreens when it comes to pharmacy locations.

Walgreens has 8,175 pharmacies located within the United States, whereas CVS has over 9600.

Food

Though most people don’t go to a pharmacy for food, if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat you could really do worse than Walgreens.

Walgreens stocks fresh fruits and vegetables along with dairy and snack products.

Though CVS also sells food, most CVS stores stick to selling frozen foods, canned goods, and snacks.

Walgreens has also dedicated its food storage to social service.

It has announced plans to increase the number of healthy foods offered by the chain in food deserts, or areas with no nearby and accessible grocery stores or sources of healthy food.

So, because of fresh fruits, vegetables, and a commitment to making sure no American goes to bed hungry, Walgreens has the edge when it comes to food selection.

Tobacco

In 2014, CVS stopped selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its locations in the United States. The rationale was that places that are considered pharmacies should probably not sell flammable carcinogenic.

This was a sensible move, but Walgreens decided it disagreed with the decision.

Cigarettes and cigars are still sold at Walgreens locations across the United States, meaning that smokers looking to grab a quick pack or a lighter in the middle of the night can really only go to Walgreens.

Walgreens’ decision to keep selling tobacco has been controversial.

So, in terms of the ability to buy cigarettes, Walgreens has an obvious edge over any CVS location in the United States. That being said, smoking is also incredibly dangerous and you should probably quit.

Alcohol

When considering the availability of alcohol at any 24-hour pharmacy, customers should first realize that laws vary from state to state.

In some states, alcohol can only be sold in liquor stores or bars. In states where alcohol may be sold in pharmacies or convenience stores, the latest time you can buy it may change.

In some states, the maximum time for alcohol sales may be 1 AM. In Alaska, there is no state “last call” time. Understanding how laws change state-by-state is essential to buying alcohol at a 24-hour pharmacy.

Walgreens sells both beer and wine in applicable states.

Though some CVS locations also allow liquor sales, the reason Walgreens has the edge in this category is knowing what to expect. There is an inventory of available liquor products on the Walgreens website.

CVS does not have this advantage, meaning that Walgreens has a clear edge over CVS when it comes to booze.

Pharmacy Hours

It may be called a 24-hour pharmacy, and that certainly is true of the store, but it isn’t always true of the pharmacy section of the store.

Most Walgreens locations are open 24 hours per day. However, pharmacy hours vary both from state to state and store to store.

That means you need to call the store ahead of time to make sure you can get the medicine you need when you need it.

Like Walgreens, CVS also has stores that vary in hours from location-to-location.

In the case of CVS, it seems like more limited hours are likely to occur at rural and suburban locations.

This means CVS shoppers should, like their Walgreens shopping counterparts, consider their community and call their local pharmacy before showing up unaware of the hours.

In both cases, don’t think that just because it’s a 24-hour pharmacy, it’s open 24 hours per day. Staffing needs, community hours, and the business climate of a town can drastically change what these hours end up being.

That being said, it looks like this round is a tie between the two brands.

Conclusion

In some areas, like rewards and food inventory, one company has an advantage over the others.

These areas are usually matters of corporate policy and can be predicted.

But most of what you need when looking for a 24-hour pharmacy can’t be predicted. You need help to know what exactly a CVS or Walgreens location is like in your community.

That’s where we come in.

Along with other services, we help customers find where there is an open Walgreens or CVS near them.

We also do it for free. So if you’re looking for convenient 24-hour options near you, let us help!

How Tradjenta Can Work To Help Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

If you or someone you love has Type 2 diabetes, you know it’s a serious condition.

Do you feel there are days when it’s just too hard to manage on your own?

While there is not yet any cure for Type 2 diabetes, there are diabetes medicines such as Tradjenta that can help.

Tradjenta Helps Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

How does it work?

Simply put, this medication is taken orally, with or without food. And it works by regulating the levels of insulin that your body produces after you’ve eaten.

That being said, it’s doubly important that you pay close attention to what you’re eating while managing diabetes and taking this medication.

After all, it will be much more effective when you’re on a proper diet.

What A Proper Diet on Tradjenta Looks Like

When you have diabetes, you have an elevated risk of heart disease. So you need to limit or even eliminate unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.

Saturated fats include:

  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • White marbling or solid fat in red meat

Avoid processed foods and try to get the majority of your carbohydrates from high-fiber sources like beans, veggies, fruit, and whole grains. Foods with a lot of fiber digest more slowly and help keep your blood sugar levels stable.

And certainly avoid sugary processed foods. Swap out juice and soft drinks for water instead. And limit sweets that can cause your blood glucose to spike.

Stick with healthy fats like you’ll find in:

  • Avocados
  • Tree Nuts
  • Olive and Avocado Oils

And choose leans meats, fish, and non-dairy or low-fat dairy products as your sources of protein. Just like with high fiber foods, proteins take longer to digest and therefore can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.

Could Tradjenta Be Right For You?

It should be noted that this medication is for people with Type 2 diabetes only and is not appropriate for treating Type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

As with any medication, your doctor needs to be fully in the know about your health. So before requesting a prescription, it’s necessary to tell him or her if you have:

  • pancreatitis
  • gallstones
  • high cholesterol and/or triglycerides (or on medication for it)
  • a history of alcoholism

Your doctor also needs to know if you’re currently on another medication for diabetes.

Also, let him or her know if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Controlling blood sugar during pregnancy is crucial, so you may need a different dosage during each trimester.

The same is true for the times you’re breastfeeding. And whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby is unknown at this time.

Are You Ready to Give It A Try?

Remember that taking this medication is just one part of a program of treatment that includes proper diet and exercise. You’ll also need to continue to monitor your care and regularly test your blood sugar for Tradjenta to be most effective.

And if paying for your medication is difficult, you don’t have to go without it. There are many benefits with a prescription card. Find out more. We’re here to help.

Why Are Diabetes Products So Expensive in the U.S.?

Diabetes concept with insulin, syringe, vials, pills, and stethoscope

Amidst all of the current controversy over the state of our nations health care, one thing hasn’t changed. Receiving good health care is expensive. Especially if you have diabetes.

As if living with this disease isn’t difficult enough, the diabetes products sold in the US are outrageously expensive. In fact, diabetes is the most expensive health condition in the US.

Globally speaking, diabetes costs us $825 billion dollars annually. So let’s take a look at why diabetes products are so expensive and what we can do about it.

The History of Diabetes Products

In 1921, a group of scientists and researchers in Toronto, Canada discovered insulin. Realizing the potential to change diabetes into a manageable disease rather than a death sentence, they decided not to profit from their discovery.

Shocking, right? Instead, they sold their patent to the University of Toronto for $1 per person. The total sum of their profits? Three dollars. They did that because they thought it would prevent companies from creating monopolies and profiting off the health of others.

Cut to 2017 and those same scientists would be shaking their heads with sadness. Because insulin was taken over by the pharmaceutical companies.

In 1997 a pharmaceutical company charged $17 per vial. Today that same vial now costs $138. Another charged $21 for a vial that now costs a whopping $255.

What changed? After 75 years, the original patent expired. That opened the door to pharmaceutical companies developing improvements to insulin. Therefore, new patents were generated along with huge profits.

Why Big Pharma Keeps Prices High

Pharmaceutical companies feel that the steps they are taking are completely necessary. Older medication prices are kept high so they can afford the research and development necessary for newer and better drugs.

But it’s not just the insulin that makes suffering with diabetes so expensive. There are other products needed to care for yourself, like:

  • Syringes
  • Pumps
  • Needs
  • Blood-sugar sensors
  • Blood-sugar monitors
  • alcohol swabs

And according to the American Diabetes Association, the average yearly cost for someone diagnosed with diabetes is $13,700.

Usually, competition in a market place lowers prices, but not in this case. In 1982, Eli Lilly created Humulin. It was inexpensive to manufacture and vast amounts could be made to help people suffering from diabetes.

But in 1991, Novo Nordisk started producing their own diabetes products. And yet, prices began to rise rather than lower. In fact, within the last 2 decades, prices for insulin have risen prices 450 percent above inflation, with both companies closely in sync.

Are The Newer Drugs Worth It?

The bottom line is that the focus is less on patients and health and more on patents and profits for pharmaceutical companies. Many of the new drugs on the market are extremely expensive.

But the benefits from these new drugs over the older medications are marginal, at best. Yet 6 million people in the US depend on these drugs to keep them alive and healthy. Not paying because of the price simply isn’t an option for them.

While those with excellent health care coverage may not realize it, the cost of insulin is rising dramatically. But those who experience gaps in coverage, have bare-bones coverage or break or lose a vial realize how expensive diabetes products are.

For those who don’t have the best health care coverage, it’s important to help yourself offset the high costs associated with diabetes. We’re a prescription drug discount program designed to help you reduce your medical prescription costs. Best of all, it’s free so sign up today.

When to Use Your Ambien Coupon

The CDC reports that 50-70 million American have some sort of sleep disorder, and many of them rely on sleeping pills.

So it’s not really surprising that so many people are taking Ambien to help them get a good night’s sleep.

But relying on a drug to sleep can get expensive – unless you have an Ambien coupon.

Today, we’re going to cover the best time to use your Ambien coupon so you can get the rest you need without breaking the bank.

Using the manufacturer’s Ambien coupon

There are lots of competing companies offering Ambien, and many pharmacies getting in on it as well through affiliate sales.

For you, this means there are often free trials, discounts, coupons, and other incentives.

Shopping around your local pharmacies and being flexible when it comes to brands will help you get the best deal.

It doesn’t matter where you go

Our Ambien coupon card will work absolutely everywhere. We’ve negotiated with all the major pharmacies to let you go pretty much anywhere and get a great price on your Ambien.

Whether you prefer to get your Ambien from CVS or you like the convenience of the pharmacy inside Wal-Mart or Target, our Ambien coupon will work everywhere. So there’s no need for a special trip – you can simply go when it’s convenient to you

Our Ambien coupon discount never expires

Once you print out your Ambien coupon card (or just write down the information if you don’t want to print it out) it’s good forever.

There’s no need to buy in a set timeframe or try and stock up while you can. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to save up to 80% off your Ambien, so our cards are good forever.

Your Ambien coupon will never be over-used

One question we get all the time is ‘is there a limit on how much Ambien I can get?’

The answer is no. Unlike supermarket coupons for example, which often have a limit on them of how many things you can buy at the coupon price, our Ambien coupon doesn’t have any restriction like that.

Whatever the doctor has prescribed will be covered with up to 80% off using our coupon system.

But if you really want a good deal, you can always look around for free trials. There are usually a few you can get at any one time, but there will likely be a significant restriction for how much you can get. That said, if you’re using it every night, every free pill helps right?

Wrapping up

If you’re looking around for when to use your Ambien coupon the short answer is ‘whenever you want!’

Our coupon system has no expiry date, has no time sensitive offers, and has no restrictions on volume. Simply remember your coupon information or print out the coupon itself and present it to your pharmacist when you’re filling the prescription.

Instant savings of up to 80%, every single time.

Find out more about how our prescription card works and sign up today!

How to Use Your Lipitor Coupon

Spending too much on your prescription for Lipitor? You’re probably not alone.

We all know that rising health care costs and expensive prescriptions are a huge issue in America.

Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes “the pharmaceutical industry’s continued free reign in an unfettered free market is unacceptable.”

We all know that rising health care costs and expensive prescriptions are a huge issue in America.

Costs keep rising. And while there are options to consider when trying to save, some can be confusing, risky, and difficult to perform.

What can those of us do who depend on Lipitor to treat our high cholesterol and lower our risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications having easy access to the medication is a life saver.

It’s awful to have to overpay.

But we don’t need to anymore. Our Lipitor coupon can help.

Ready to start saving?

Let’s go:

STEP 1: Print Your Lipitor Coupon

Most important, your new coupon card for Lipitor is 100% free.

And how it works is so simple. If you have access to a printer, you’re already almost there.

Print out your coupon for Lipitor at home or at your local copy shop and head over to your favorite pharmacy.

STEP 2: Take It To Your Local Pharmacy

You can use your new coupon at any pharmacy.

While some coupons and discount programs vary by location and pharmacy your Lipitor savings coupon goes with you. Just present it at your local pharmacy.

They may just ask you why you didn’t start to use this coupon for Lipitor sooner!

Unfortunately, as many know, Lipitor is not offered over the counter.

You’ll have to present your coupon to your pharmacist. But once you do, you’ll be saving money right away.

STEP 3: Save Money Instantly!

Fox Business news wants to know something:

“Why aren’t you using coupons to cut your medication costs?”

The truth is “the costs of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications have been steadily rising and patients facing tight budgets are often forced to make hard decisions when it comes to what they can afford.”

Your coupon for Lipitor can change all that. You’ll be saving money right away.

STEP 4: Keep and Reuse

The great news about your Lipitor coupon is that it continues to work. This isn’t a onetime deal by any means. Hold on to the coupon and present it when you refill your prescription.

Hold on to the coupon and present it whenever you refill your prescription. Your new Lipitor coupon never expires.

You’ll be getting cost savings again and again by using your coupon for Lipitor.

Go Get Your Coupon Now

Well, what are you waiting for?

Now that you know how easy it is to use a Lipitor coupon when filling your prescription to maintain good health, there’s no need to keep overpaying for your medication.

Are you ready to stop paying too much for your Lipitor prescription?

Come get our free Lipitor coupon and start saving money today!

What You Need to Know to Use Your Chantix Coupon

Almost 70% of adult smokers want to quit. If you’d like to join them, but you’re not sure where to start or how you can afford Chantix, we’ve got good news: You can save with an easy-to-use coupon.

Chantix, known also as varenicline tartrate, can assist smokers in giving up smoking by a two-step process.

First, Chantix makes it easier for smokers to handle nicotine withdrawal.

Next, it minimizes the enjoyment of nicotine, so that if smokers elect to smoke while on this medicine, they can find it less enjoyable than before starting Chantix.

Unfortunately, this medication can be a significant monetary investment. If you’re unsure how you will fit it into your budget for the next three to six months, a Chantix coupon can help you reach your goal of saying goodbye to cigarettes.

Is Chantix effective?

Different medications can work for some patients and not for others. This is true of every medication.

However, a study reported in 2015 showed that 47% of smokers decreased smoking or quit entirely while using Chantix, making it one of the most effective medicines to help patients quit.

What You Need to Know

Chantix can give smokers a chance to finally quit smoking, and rid themselves of the financial, social, and medical costs associated with nicotine use.

Can’t I just use my insurance to buy Chantix?

If your insurance covers Chantix, that’s great!

For many smokers, this isn’t the case. Chantix can cost hundreds of dollars a month, and while many smokers may believe the cost worth regaining their health, they simply might be unable to afford the investment.

What You Need to Know

The key to successfully quitting using Chantix is to keep taking the medication for the prescribed duration (unless, of course, your physician or pharmacist recommends otherwise).

The monthly cost of Chantix might be affordable at first, but for smokers who have a tight budget or who continue smoking while on Chantix, the cost can be prohibitive.

How much money can I save with a Chantix coupon?

Saving money with a Chantix coupon is a great way to get the medicinal help you need to quit smoking without emptying your bank account.

In fact, you can save up to 80% with a Chantix coupon. Best of all, the coupon is easy to use:

  1. Print out coupon
  2. Present coupon to pharmacist
  3. Keep using it to keep saving

Think of the coupon more like a discount card, because while coupons expire, these savings do not. You can continue using this discount each time you need to renew your Chantix prescription.

What You Need to Know

We want to help you reach your goal of quitting smoking. That’s why we offer a coupon card that can significantly reduce the cost of using this medication.

Our Chantix coupon is simple to use; at the end of the day, we want you to be successful.

If you’re ready to give up smoking with Chantix’s two-step process, and you want to save on your prescription, get your own Chantix coupon.

How to Accumulate Prescription Coupons

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Every American citizen spends close to $1400 on medication every year

In recent years, the price of your medications has gone up by an astounding 8.5%.

With so much conversation around healthcare these days in America, more and more people are getting concerned about the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Whether you’re covered by insurance or paying out of pocket, you’re likely concerned about the rising costs of your prescriptions.

These days, everyone is looking for ways to save on your healthcare and medications.

Read on to find out how prescription coupons and discount cards can help you to save. We’ll also tell you where you can find them!

Why Should I Use Prescription Coupons?

First of all, many of these cards and coupons are free! You shouldn’t have to spend money in order to save it.

Even if there is a fee, it’s usually incredibly small – certainly a tiny fraction of your regular co-pay.

Also, many coupons and discount cards are accepted at thousands of pharmacies all across the country (yes, even big names like Walgreens and Target.) So, no matter where you live, you can save on your medications.

Unlike your individual healthcare plan, your entire family can use prescription coupons – even your pets! It doesn’t matter how much your partner is making, they’re still entitled to the coupon’s discounts.

It doesn’t matter how much your partner is making, they’re still entitled to the coupon’s discounts.

Coupons are a great way to help lower to costs associated with pre-existing conditions, since they can be used regardless of any long-term illness or disease you or a family member has.

They also work for a variety of medications – over 350, to be exact.

That includes the big-name drugs. You may already be aware that your co-pay may increase when you’re prescribed brand-name prescriptions. This is another situation where prescription coupons can really be a literal life-saver.

To find out if the medication you need is eligible for discounts, most coupon sites will have an alphabetized drug list for an easy search.

The coupons don’t just help you to lower the costs of these well-known medications, they can even entitle you to free trials.

Where Can I Get These Coupons?

The process of applying for your discount cards, and getting the coupons sent to you, is painless!

Many coupons cards can even be printed out at home. All you need to do is download and complete the template. If you don’t have a regular pharmacist, you can write your own phone number in the blank for “pharmacist’s reference.”

Make sure you ask about customer service when you choose your card, as sometimes, pharmacies may not know how to properly honor the coupon without more information.

Ready to Start Saving With Prescription Coupons?

We know it’s stressful to deal with the rising costs of medications.

Luckily, we can help.

Spend some time on our website to learn more about how our prescription coupons and discount cards can help you to save money -and prevent anxiety.

We can help you to save up to 80% on your medications. Let’s lower the costs associated with keeping you healthy today.

What are the Main Symptoms of Hypertension?

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High blood pressure (hypertension) afflicts over 70 million Americans (29% of the population) each year; it is a precursor to many different ailments if the individual does not begin to take immediate precautions and change their lifestyle.

Hypertension is when an individual’s blood pressure reaches 130/80 mm Hg and caused by many different factors — some common, some not so much:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Ethnicity

There are ways to curb the issues if you’re willing to use medicine effectively, exercise, and watch your diet. Even still, it’s good to know what can be in your future if you’re stubborn or get a bad luck of the draw.

This isn’t to spook you. It’s better to know the symptoms of hypertension now than be blindsided later…

The Symptoms of Hypertension

The symptoms of hypertension are where it begins to get extreme depending on how far along you’ve lived with the ailment:

  • Weakened Arteries/Aneurysm – Fat buildup weakens the lining of your arteries; over time the arteries become damaged which may result in an aneurysm (when an artery ruptures and causes internal bleeding).
  • Coronary Heart Disease/Failure – A more extreme outcome is when the damage causes the muscles in your heart to become damaged which can later result in an enlarged heart which cannot pump blood through your body resulting in chest pain or even heart attack.
  • Cognitive Issues – The lack of blood through your system may also spell an eventual risk of stroke (brain lacks oxygen), dementia (interruption of the blood to the brain), or mini-strokes which you may not even notice but does serve as a warning sign to get help.
  • Kidneys – The kidneys are affected by the amount of blood they are (or are not) receiving; kidney failure is frequent with those experiencing hypertension but also not limited to scarring and even an aneurysm.

Treatment of these issues can reach astronomical heights if you aren’t insured. There are ways to reduce the price and save on healthcare by switching to generics, using prescription cards, and shopping around but what it comes down to is being proactive about your health and understanding the signs when it’s no longer in your control.

Tens of millions are still uninsured but there ARE actions you can take, today, to help with your hypertension.

Handling the Symptoms of Hypertension

What really needs to happen is an overall lifestyle change.

Yes, it will be hard to adjust your diet and routine but what’s the alternative? Continue on the path of high blood pressure until one of the many symptoms take over (or even end) your life?

Things need to change — and this is how it’s done:

  • Start and stick with a cardio exercise that will help your heart stay strong, reduce weight, and get the blood flowing.
  • Talk with your doctor about the medical and natural ways you can reduce your high blood pressure while balancing the budget (aka using discount pharmacy cards) so you don’t sink into a hole and add more unneeded stress to your life.
  • Reduce the sodium in your diet through lean means and tracking your food intake using a service like MyFitnessPal
  • Limit your alcohol and try to quit smoking
  • Log your blood pressure and your stressors to help avoid the spikes

Hypertension affects many of us but it doesn’t have to ruin our lives. There are options for those willing to take action. There are ways to save when money is tight. It all comes down to you — don’t let the symptoms of hypertension control your life.

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