Sinus Congestion Treatment: What Are My Options?

Before we get started discussing your options for sinus congestion treatment, I wanted to let you know that I was able to take my own advice from my very first post and take advantage of a manufacturer coupon. My Doctor prescribed Nexium for me. My copay for 90 capsules was $308. I used the coupon I found online at and it was reduced to $30! These things really work! If you haven’t read that post yet, go do so now. You will be glad you did. Well, read this first, then read the other post.

How do you know if you have sinus congestion? It is most commonly characterized by a buildup of pressure in your sinuses, under your eyes, or in your ears. Sometimes your ears will feel like they are clogged and your hearing may be affected. There are several reasons why you might be suffering from sinus congestion. Most commonly, it is due to either a sinus infection, a cold, or allergies. I get asked a lot about what is the best sinus congestion treatment. Let’s talk about your options. Continue reading Sinus Congestion Treatment: What Are My Options?

Can I Cut Pills In Half?

Can I cut my pills in half? I get this question all of the time and the answer isn’t quite as simple as you might think. The first thing I need to do before I answer this question is to find out why you would want to cut a perfectly good pill, that your Doctor prescribed to you, in half. Usually the reason is that the patient feels, for some reason, like the medication is too strong or the dose is too high. So, in this case, they are asking me to give them the ok to reduce the amount of medication they are taking. This kind of recommendation can only be made by the prescriber, not the Pharmacist. Continue reading Can I Cut Pills In Half?

Welcome to Helpful Pharmacist


Thanks for visiting the site. I am glad you are here. I want to take a minute to let you know what is on the site and how you can benefit from the helpful pharmacy tips here.

I notice at work every day that there is a lot of basic information that a lot of people just don’t understand about medication and healthcare in general. I hope this will be a resource for people to help them learn about medications, how the healthcare system works, and how they can use that knowledge to make improvements to their daily lives. Continue reading Welcome to Helpful Pharmacist

What is an Allergy?

When I pose this question, what I am referring to is the incessant questioning you receive from your pharmacy, your doctor, and heaven forbid you end up in the hospital. You might as well tattoo your allergy history on your forehead you get asked about it so often. With all of this practice, I would expect most of us would be very good at answering the question. However, I have noticed that a lot of people just don’t understand what an allergy is and why we ask. Continue reading What is an Allergy?

How To Choose a Pharmacy

So, you read my last post and now you are thinking that you might need to seek out a new pharmacy to serve you better. Maybe they make you wait too long. Maybe they don’t do what they say they will do. Maybe you just don’t connect with them personally. Whatever the reason, let’s talk about how to do this. The two most common reasons why most people don’t switch their pharmacy are 1.) they think it will be a hassle or 2.) they think all pharmacies are a pain so why not just use the one closest to the house even if it is a pain. Continue reading How To Choose a Pharmacy