SingleCare’s best blog posts of 2019

Cropped SingleCare logo By | December 11, 2019

We care about your health. SingleCare’s mission is to help you afford the medications you need to feel better—and our blog, The Checkup, is dedicated to giving you all the information you need to make educated choices about prescriptions.

In 2019, we covered a lot of topics. Take a look back at our best blog posts of the year.

1. By the numbers: Everything you need to know about the flu shot, flu virus, and staying healthy during flu season

You know you don’t want to get the flu, but why is it so bad? Or contagious? Those details can be a little trickier to understand … until you read this blog post. In one of our most popular stories of the year, we illustrate common flu statistics in easy-to-understand infographics. Did you know that up to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu every year? Educate yourself, then share the knowledge with your friends and family. The more people who are vaccinated, the less people who get sick annually.

2. How to talk to your family about migraines

When a migraine strikes, it often requires a few hours to a full day of lying down in a quiet, dark place to recover. The pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light make it very difficult to function until symptoms begin to subside. If you’re a parent, that can mean lots of guilt—for being unable to play with your kids or for asking for their help to get better. Don’t let those feelings stop you from explaining what the condition is and how it affects you. If children understand what to expect, the whole process is easier for all parties involved. Use this post as a primer to start the conversation.

3. Consider donating your unused, unexpired prescriptions

Getting rid of old medication isn’t always easy. Do you flush them? It’s not always recommended. Give them to a friend? That’s illegal. If you’ve given up on cleaning out your medicine cabinet because it was just too hard to figure out what to do, read this article. It can guide you on how to dispose of or donate your unneeded prescriptions. While the rules vary by state, it’s a lot easier than it seems!

4. Learn how to take a mental health day

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You’d take a day off of work for a stomach bug, but what if you’re feeling anxious or burnt out? It’s all too common to just grin and bear it. Before you reach the end of your rope, make some time for self-care. If you have paid time off, you can use these guidelines to take advantage of the benefit. If not, you can still find ways to set aside time for things you enjoy. The things you do to refresh are different for everyone. Make the personal choices that are right for you.

5. Can you make Vyvanse last longer?

If you or your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you know that focus (and maintaining it) is a hot commodity. When you use medication to help manage the condition, of course you want to maximize the positive benefits. “How to make Vyvanse last longer” is a common Google search. We asked physicians, and they shared if there is really anything you can do to extend the duration of this stimulant medication.

6. The do’s and don’ts of treating nausea during pregnancy

Morning sickness is a common misnomer. Many expectant mothers experience nausea (and even vomiting) all day long. It’s usually most common in the beginning of a pregnancy, but it can last the entire nine months for some unlucky ladies. If you’re pregnant, or trying to conceive, this blog post rounds up all the natural remedies you can try and explains what OTC meds some physicians consider safe. Bookmark this page for the next time you feel your stomach turn.

7. Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?

You were sick, but thanks to that helpful round of antibiotics, you’re feeling much better. Your recovery is so complete that you’re thinking about relaxing with a few adult beverages. If you haven’t finished your meds, stop and read this blog post first. There are some prescriptions that are (mostly) safe to take when drinking alcohol, and others that have nasty side effects when mixed. When in doubt? It’s always safest to consult with your doctor first.

8. Learn how to combine allergy medicine for a sneeze-free season

Over 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. If you’re one of them, you probably have a favorite treatment that relieves your itchy eyes, sneezing, or headaches. But no single medicine is perfect. Even after taking a dose, you still might experience symptoms. That’s why many people consider mixing allergy medications. If you’ve wondered if it’s safe to take Benadryl with Claritin, then this blog post is for you. Find out the do’s and don’ts of combining popular over-the-counter treatments like allergy nasal spray and decongestants like Sudafed.

9. Suffering from nasal spray addiction? Step 1: Put down the Afrin

Did you know that your body can become dependent on nasal decongestants like Afrin? This blog post explains what happens inside your nose when you use this common treatment, and how rebound congestion can make symptoms even worse. If it’s already too late, and you’re hooked on the spritz, try these options to get back to normal.

10. Why you should take probiotics with antibiotics

Antibiotics are one of the biggest advancements in modern medicine. When you are laid low with a bacterial infection, they’re the best way to get back on your feet. Unfortunately, in the process of destroying the sickness invaders, they can kill off the good bacteria in your gut—and that can lead to unpleasant side effects like diarrhea. Learn how to prevent it, with the appropriate regimen of prebiotics and probiotics outlined in this blog post.

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