The Misery of a Fever: 11 Recommendations for treating a fever.

By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – The Voice of Medication – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC

One of the most common conditions leading families into the pharmacy seeking relief is fever.  A fever happens when your body temperature elevates higher than 100°F (37.8°C).  The primary purpose of treating fever is to relieve the discomfort associated with it and eliminate the underlying cause of the fever, not necessarily to lower the temperature. Elevated body temperature can be a positive warning that something more serious is going on within the body. However, we do want patients to obtain relief from the discomfort. We have tools to help us do just that. What are the best techniques and strategies available to treat fevers?  The techniques and strategies are circumstantial and patient specific but involve a combination of both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical methods. The most important thing to remember with a fever is to obtain an accurate measurement with an FDA-approved thermometer and never rely solely on feeling the body to measure fever.

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  • This Headache is Killing Me: Natural and Nonprescription options for treating the most common headaches.

    By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – The Voice of Medication – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC

    One of the most common disorders that affect patients in the community is headaches. Headache pain can be so intense; it will literally render people unproductive. There are times people can’t get out of the bed because of the pain. It gets so bad that people miss work, school, and sometimes need emergency care because the pain is disabling. However, there is a large number of nonprescription options; if used appropriately will provide relief and alleviate the associated headache pain so people can continue living productive and active lives. One of the questions I always received from patients seeking relief from a headache is, “How do I know which headache I have and which option to choose?” The answer exists only in the characteristics of the headache and with any symptoms associated with the headache. So below I briefly discuss the different types of headaches patients experience and list some of the most common treatment strategies used to achieve relief from a headache.

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