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.

New Target Discovered for Non-Type 2 Inflammation in Severe Asthma

Severe asthma is categorized based on patients’ response to treatment and the presence of biomarkers, such as immunoglobulin E (IgE), eosinophils, and neutrophils. Allergic asthma, eosinophilic asthma, and non-eosinophilic asthma are types of severe asthma. Patients with allergic asthma typically have high levels of IgE when exposed to allergens. People with eosinophilic asthma have increased eosinophil levels, and those with noneosinophilic asthma show neither increased IgE nor eosinophil level

Dupixent Improves Severe Asthma Symptoms in a Real-World Setting, but Switching May Require Eosinophil Monitoring

Dupixent Improves Severe Asthma Symptoms in a Real-World Setting, but Switching May Require Eosinophil Monitoring Real-world study conducted in Japan shows Dupixent (dupilumab) reduced the number of annual severe asthma exacerbations b 53%, there were also adverse events associated with high eosinophil levels in patients who had switched from a different biologic before starting Dupixent. In 2018, Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals were granted FDA approval for Dupixent (dupilumab) as add-on

Several Biologics To Treat Severe Asthma Can Be Self-Administered at Home — Patients Prefer It

Patients with severe asthma are often burdened with frequent exacerbations requiring numerous visits to clinics and doctors’ offices for symptom monitoring and treatment evaluation. New severe asthma treatments, specifically biologics, have helped manage severe asthma symptoms and decrease the frequency of exacerbations. In this respect, they have helped improve patients’ quality of life. However, many patients using biologics for severe asthma must receive treatment from a healthcare profession

Emotional Fever: Can Anxiety Raise Body Temperature?

Anxiety is a natural response to a threat you perceive. It starts with a physiological reaction in your brain that affects the rest of your body. When you perceive a stressor, your body goes through changes, and you may experience mental and physical symptoms. These symptoms of anxiety can include: Can stress and anxiety raise your body temperature? Yes. In some rare cases, anxiety symptoms may lead to a rise in body temperature. This is sometimes referred to as psychogenic fever, or a fever ca

Xalkori Dosage: Form, Strengths, How to Take, and More

If you have certain kinds of cancer, your doctor might suggest Xalkori as a treatment option. Xalkori is a prescription drug used to treat the following kinds of cancer in adults: • non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that: • is caused by a defect in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene and • has spread to other parts of the body • and NSCLC that: • is caused by a defect in the ROS1 gene and • has spread to other parts of the body Xalkori is also used to treat the following kind of cancer in

Steglatro and Dosage: Strengths, Form, How to Take, and More

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might suggest Steglatro as a treatment option. It’s a prescription drug used along with diet and exercise to manage blood sugar in adults with this condition. Steglatro comes as a tablet that you swallow. It contains the active ingredient ertugliflozin. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Ertugliflozin belongs to a group of drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. This article describes the dosage of Steglatro, as w

Janumet and Janumet XR: Form, Strengths, and More

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might suggest Janumet or Janumet XR as a treatment option for you. Janumet and Janumet XR are prescription drugs that are prescribed along with exercise and a balanced diet to manage blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Janumet is an immediate-release tablet that you swallow. This means the tablet releases the medication into your body right after you take it. Janumet XR is an extended-release tablet. This means the tablet slowly releases the medic

Glyxambi Dosage: Form, Strengths, How to Take, and More

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might suggest Glyxambi as a treatment option for you. Glyxambi is used in adults with type 2 diabetes to lower blood sugar. For this use, it’s prescribed along with exercise and a balanced diet. One of Glyxambi’s active drugs is empagliflozin. In addition to lowering blood sugar, empagliflozin is also used to decrease the risk of death in adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Glyxambi comes as a tablet that you swallow. It has two active

How Do You Know If You Have Narcolepsy?

Diagnosing narcolepsy can sometimes be challenging, but in the hands of a sleep specialist, it can be done. Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that involves your brain’s ability to regulate your sleep-wake cycles. If you have narcolepsy, you will have excessive daytime sleepiness and may involuntarily fall asleep during regular activities, such as driving, talking, or eating. Narcolepsy can also affect your nighttime sleep cycle. You may frequently wake throughout the night or have restless

Can Sleep Loss Cause Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

Your body and brain need sleep to function properly. Symptoms of psychosis may be possible when you go without sleep for a long time. If you’ve gone so long without sleep that you ’re having a difficult time telling the difference between what’s real and what ’s not, you may be experiencing sleep deprivation psychosis. Getting fewer hours of sleep every now and then may not significantly impact your health. But missing sleep for more than a day could lead you to experience various physical and m

Enhertu Dosage: Form, Strengths, How it’s Used, and More

If you have certain types of cancer, your doctor might suggest Enhertu as a treatment option for you. Enhertu is a prescription medication that’s used to treat the following types of cancer in adults: • breast cancer that can’t be removed with surgery or that has spread to other parts of the body • stomach cancer or gastroesophageal cancer that has spread to other parts nearby or other areas of the body Enhertu can be used in adults who’ve had other cancer treatments before. Enhertu contains two

ADHD and Decision Making: Symptoms, Tips, and More

ADHD can affect your daily activities and ability to perform tasks, such as making decisions. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that often begins during childhood but can continue into adulthood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about of adults in the United States receive a diagnosis of ADHD. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that interferes with your relationships and ability to function. It’s characterized by a pattern of: Fo

Arava and Dosage: Strengths, Form, How to Take, and More

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor might suggest Arava as a treatment option for you. Arava is a prescription medication that’s used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Arava belongs to a group of drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The active ingredient in Arava is leflunomide. This means leflunomide is the ingredient that makes Arava work. This article describes the dosages of Arava, as well as its strengths and how to take the drug. To learn more about

Opdivo and Dosage: Strengths, Form, When to Use, and More

Note: This article covers Opdivo’s usual dosages, which are provided by the drug’s manufacturer. But your doctor will prescribe the Opdivo dosage that’s right for you. This article describes the dosages of Opdivo, as well as its strengths and how to use the drug. To learn more about Opdivo, see this in-depth article . Opdivo comes as a liquid solution. A healthcare professional will give you the solution as an intravenous (IV) infusion (an injection into a vein given over time). Opdivo is a b

Nurtec ODT Dosage: Form, Strength, How to Take, and More

If you have migraine, your doctor might suggest Nurtec ODT as a treatment option for you. It’s a prescription drug used in adults for the following: • immediate treatment of migraine headaches with or without aura Nurtec ODT comes as a tablet you dissolve on or under your tongue. The active ingredient in this medication is rimegepant. This is the ingredient that makes Nurtec ODT work. This article describes the dosage of Nurtec ODT, as well as its strength and how to take it. To learn more about

Bayer Receives FDA Fast-Track Designation for Next-Generation Anticoagulant

Bayer has received Fast-Track designation from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its investigational anticoagulant asundexian (BAY2433334). Asundexian is an oral factor XIa inhibitor currently under phase 2 trials for potential secondary thrombosis prevention in patients with non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke, atrial fibrillation, or recent myocardial infarction. To receive Fast Track designation, a drug must treat a serious condition and fulfill an unmet medical need. If a drug ga

Femara and Dosage: Strength, How to Take, and More

If you have certain types of breast cancer, your doctor might suggest Femara as a treatment option. Femara is a prescription drug used to treat the following types of breast cancer in adults who have gone through menopause: • early breast cancer that’s been treated with tamoxifen for at least 5 years • advanced breast cancer when hormone receptor status is not known • advanced breast cancer that has spread after taking medication that blocks estrogen The active drug in Femara is letrozole. (The

FDA Approves Fleqsuvy, a Concentrated Baclofen Oral Suspension, for the Treatment of Spasticity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

The FDA has approved Fleqsuvy (baclofen oral suspension) to treat spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis (MS) and when it is associated with spinal cord injuries or other spinal cord disorders. Fleqsuvy, approved for use in adults, is a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA-ergic) agonist that offers relief of flexor spasms and concomitant pain, clonus and muscle rigidity. Azurity Pharmaceuticals, the developer of Fleqsuvy, is a Massachusetts-based company that focuses on drugs for use in patient
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