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Medicinal Chemistry in the Practice of Pharmacy
Robin M. Zavod, PhD
E.M., a 43 year old mother of two teenage boys, walks into the pharmacy and says "Getting my two boys off to school this fall will be a challenge. It is more than my head can take at that time of the morning, not to mention my stomach! I can’t believe how bad the allergy season has already been.”
A refill prescription for naproxen sodium (Anaprox; Aleve) was called in by DR, a patient who is training for an upcoming 10K race. The last time he picked up his meds he complained that even though he had dropped his weekly mileage, he was still experiencing mild pain in his left knee between doses of naproxen. Today DR stops by the pharmacy to pick up his refill along with several gallons of a popular “sports drink” that contains a high concentration of sodium citrate. While paying for his medication you ask him, “How much of that stuff do you consume?” DR says that he consumes nearly a gallon of the “sports drink” daily.
DR calls the pharmacy with a question that he forgot to ask you. He wants to know if it is “ok” for him to take a couple of Tums® or some Maalox® for the moderate stomach upset that he gets when he takes the naproxen sodium on an empty stomach.
Any Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?