I’m a Pharmacist and I Never Recommend These Medications – Eat This, Not That


Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help improve health problems and provide cures for countless conditions, but not all of them work. Many are ineffective and not worth taking or spending your money on. Eat this, not that! Santé spoke with pharmacists who reveal which drugs to avoid and why. It is always advisable to do your own homework and speak to your doctor for medical advice. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.


Dr Ani Rostomyandoctor of pharmacy, holistic pharmacist and functional medicine practitioner, explains, “Guaifenesin is a drug that belongs to a class of drugs called expectorants, which means that they remove mucus (phlegm) from the airways. Guaifenesin is a medication that can be bought on- Expectorants basically thin mucus, loosen congestion in the chest and throat, and make it easier to clear mucus when coughing evidence for the effectiveness of guaifenesin is inconsistent and has shown in small studies that they were somewhat effective compared to placebo (placebo is basically a sugar pill). A study published in 2014 by Hoffer-Schaefer et al., concluded that there was no benefit to using guaifenesin to loosen mucus or improve the course of respiratory tract infections. It is recommended to take this product with plenty of water, which seems to help loosen mucus on its own. The same principle is applied to combination products of guaifenesin with dextromethorphan (DM), which is a cough suppressant and also has not shown good evidence to help suppress coughs and is listed quite often in the list of drugs in over-the-counter abused.

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Dr. Suzanne Soliman, PharmD, BCMAS Director of Studies, ACMA tells us, “This drug is over-the-counter and taken as a decongestant. It was created to replace pseudoephedrine (which actually works) as an over-the-counter option as a decongestant. Many companies have rebranded and used phenylephrine as the active ingredient. This does not didn’t work. Clinical data show phenylephrine is no better than placebo. I recommend that if you really need a decongestant you see the pharmacist who can give you pseudoephedrine.”


Dr. Soliman explains, “Diphenhydramine is found in popular sleeping pills. Although it causes drowsiness and may aid sleep, you are often paying too much by selecting one of the brand name products that does the exact same thing as a generic diphenhydramine. pay more without additional benefit. »

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Dr. Rostomyan says, “Over-the-counter weight loss products are another great example to discuss. Since the FDA classifies them as supplements, there’s really no way to regulate this industry. As a clinical pharmacist, I would not classify them as safe. and effective weight loss agents, due to lack of evidence and possibility of adverse effects. There have been cases where these products have shown in lab tests to contain thyroid extract or adrenal gland to boost metabolism, putting people who took them at risk of adverse effects. Some supplements claiming to help with weight loss are herbal supplements like fenugreek, green tea, and yerba mate. Other examples would be glucomannan, caralluma fimbriata, griffonia simplicifolia, and garcinia cambogia. Cochrane review of 15 randomized controlled trials by Jurgens TM et al. from 2012, showed that green tea extract containing natural catechins and caffeine for weight loss and weight maintenance was so low in overweight and obese adults that it was insignificant. Additionally, caffeine has a risk of increasing blood pressure and should be used with caution or avoided by people at risk for heart or blood pressure problems. »

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According to Dr. Soliman, the widespread national marketing campaign for Prevagen has touted the brain health supplement as a way to improve memory loss, but there’s no scientific evidence that this is true. “The Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General of New York for follow-up the makers of prevagen for false claims that it improves memory and/or brain function. There is limited evidence on the effectiveness of prevagen and limited clinical data to support its use. There are also concerns about whether or not we can absorb and use the active ingredients in Prevagen. Additionally, it is not FDA approved for memory loss and should not be used for severe memory problems.”

Heather Newgen

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