Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD

Dr. Rosanna Sutherby is a freelance medical writer and community pharmacist. She received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2001. She has been residing and practicing pharmacy in North Carolina since then.

Dr. Sutherby’s pharmacy practice has included patient education and medication management for various disease states, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness, asthma and pulmonary disease, and pain management. She is a certified immunizer and has worked with a pioneer team of COVID-19 vaccinators in North Carolina.

Dr. Sutherby’s published work spans a variety of topics, including cardiovascular health, sleep disorders, mental health, alcohol and opioid use disorders, vaccine education, and medication use and safety.

Dosage of Eliquis: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of blood clots around the spine with certain procedures. For certain procedures, you may receive an injection into your spine or the area around your spinal cord. Taking Eliquis while having these types of injections can increase your risk of developing blood clots around your brain or spine. These clots can

Klonopin's Dosage: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of misuse and addiction. Taking benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, can increase the risk of misusing or becoming addicted to the medication. (Misuse means taking a drug differently from how your doctor prescribed it. This is sometimes called abuse.) Misusing benzodiazepines can result in serious complications

Fluctuations in Sex Hormones May Drive Asthma Symptoms in Women

Fluctuations in Sex Hormones May Drive Asthma Symptoms in Women Asthma becomes more prevalent in females than males in puberty. Researchers have hypothesized that sex hormones may play a significant role in the manifestation of asthma symptoms. In childhood, asthma is more prevalent in boys than in girls (11.9% vs. 7.5%). However, at puberty, the trend flips. In adults, the incidence of asthma in men is 6.3% versus 9.6% in women. Additionally, women with asthma are more likely to have severe a

Abilify's Dosage: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of death in older adults with dementia-related psychosis. Older adults with dementia-related psychosis may have an increased risk of death with antipsychotics. Abilify is an antipsychotic, so it carries this risk. (Psychosis is a mental health condition where you lose touch with reality and may have hallucina

Celebrex's Dosage: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of serious gastrointestinal problems. Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Taking NSAIDs, including Celebrex, can increase your risk of serious gastrointestinal (digestive tract) problems. These include bleeding, ulcers, and holes in your digestive tract. Areas typically affected include

Otezla and Cost: Lowering Long-Term Drug Costs and More

If you’re looking at treatment options for certain skin conditions, you may want to learn more about Otezla (apremilast). It’s a prescription drug used to treat the following conditions in adults: Otezla comes as a tablet that you swallow and contains the active ingredient apremilast. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Keep reading for details on Otezla and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions. Note: For more information about Otezla, see this in-depth article. The price

Saxenda and Cost: Reducing Long-Term Drug Costs and More

If you’re looking at treatment options for weight management, you may want to learn more about Saxenda (liraglutide). Saxenda is a prescription drug that’s used along with exercise and a balanced diet to manage weight in: • adults and some children who have obesity • adults who are overweight and also have a weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure Liraglutide is the active ingredient in Saxenda. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. This drug comes as a solution in a pref

Nexletol's Side Effects: What to Know

Nexletol is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s a type of drug called an adenosine triphosphate-citrate lyase inhibitor and contains the active drug bempedoic acid. It comes as a tablet and is taken by mouth. Nexletol is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower cholesterol in certain adults. Similar to other drugs, Nexletol may cause side effects. Read below for information about possible side effects, including common, mild, and serious ones. For a general overview of Nex

Trodelvy and Dosage: Strength, Form, When to Use, and More

If you have a certain kind of cancer, your doctor might suggest Trodelvy as a treatment option for you. Trodelvy is a prescription medication that’s used in adults to treat the following cancers in certain situations: • urothelial cancer (bladder cancer and cancers that affect the urinary tract) Trodelvy is a biologic, which means that it’s made from living cells. The active ingredient in Trodelvy is sacituzumab govitecan-hziy. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. Trodelvy comes as a

A Surge of Biologics for Severe Asthma

Six biologics on the market and more are in the pipeline. Biologics target the inflammatory cytokines involved in the pathogenesis of asthma. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes narrowing and inflammation of the airways that compromises breathing and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and chest pain. Nearly 25 million people in the United States have asthma, and 10 people die from the disease daily. Current ast

Blenrep and Dosage: Strength, Form, How It’s Given, and More

If you have a certain type of blood cancer, your doctor might suggest Blenrep as a treatment option for you. Blenrep is a prescription medication used in adults to treat multiple myeloma in certain situations. It’s a , which means that it’s made from living cells. Blenrep comes as a powder that a healthcare professional mixes with liquid to make a solution. They’ll give you Blenrep as an intravenous (IV) infusion (an injection into your vein given over time). The active ingredient in Blenrep is

Adaptogen Supplements: Uses, Effectiveness, and Side Effects

Adaptogens are compounds found in certain plants said to help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. They’re often taken as dietary supplements. Adaptogens increase your body’s resistance to physical, biological, and chemical stress. These compounds also protect against stress-related damage. Adaptogens have long been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine but have recently gained popularity in Western households. So, are adaptogens a miracle cure-all? Not exactly. Precautio

Ozempic and Cost: Reducing Long-Term Drug Costs and More

If you’re looking at treatment options for type 2 diabetes, you may want to learn more about Ozempic (semaglutide). It’s a prescription drug used in adults with type 2 diabetes to: • manage blood sugar in combination with a balanced diet and exercise • reduce the risk of certain heart-related problems in those who also have heart disease Ozempic comes as a liquid solution in a prefilled pen for injection under your skin. The active ingredient in Ozempic is semaglutide. (An active ingredient is w

IL-13 in People with Allergic Asthma May Offer Some Protection Against Severe COVID

Many people with chronic respiratory conditions are at high risk of developing severe disease from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, epidemiologists have found that individuals with allergic asthma are a peculiar exception. They are less susceptible to severe COVID than the general population. Allergic asthma is a type of severe asthma typically triggered by allergens, such as pet dander, mold, and pollen. Individuals with this type of asthma have high levels o

Canasa Dosage: Form, Strength, How to Use, and More

If you have a certain kind of ulcerative colitis, your doctor might suggest Canasa as a treatment option for you. Canasa is a prescription medication that’s used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative proctitis in adults. It comes as a suppository that you take rectally. Canasa contains the active ingredient mesalamine. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. Mesalamine belongs to a group of drugs called aminosalicylates. This article describes the dosage of Canasa, as well as its strength

GlucaGen: Dosage, Strength, Form, How to Use, and More

If you have diabetes, your doctor might suggest GlucaGen as a treatment option. It’s a prescription drug used for the following: • to treat severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in adults and children with diabetes • to pause movement of the digestive tract in adults undergoing certain diagnostic tests The active ingredient in GlucaGen is glucagon. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Glucagon belongs to a class of medications called glucose elevating drugs. GlucaGen comes as a powd

Follow-up Care Helps Prevent Repeat Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits in Children and Young Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children. It affects about 6 million children in the United States and accounts for over 500,000 emergency department visits for children each year. Emergency care is associated with increased costs for families and health care systems as well as significant disruptions to children’s learning via missed school days. Clinical practice guidelines for asthma management recommend tha

Linzess Side Effects: What They Are and How to Manage Them

If you have a certain kind of digestive problem, your doctor might suggest Linzess as a treatment option for you. Linzess is a prescription medication that’s used to treat the following conditions in adults: • chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), which is constipation without a known cause The active ingredient in Linzess is linaclotide. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Linzess comes as a capsule that you swallow. If your doctor determines that Linzess is safe and effective fo

Medicaid Covers Nonmedical Services as Part of Initiative to Address Social Determinants of Health

Medicaid Covers Nonmedical Services as Part of Initiative to Address Social Determinants of Health California’s “in lieu of services” (ILOS) program includes asthma remediation services such as dehumidifiers, improved ventilation and mold removal. Children with severe asthma living in low-income homes are disproportionately affected by environmental factors that can trigger asthma exacerbations. Frequently these children experience asthma complications requiring costly hospitalizations or emer
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