Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm | Are Generic Drugs Safe?

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm spent the better part of 40 years as a pharmacist. During that time, one question posed to her on a daily basis with whether or not generic drugs are safe and effective? The quick answer to that question is an absolute yes.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, generic drugs are alternatives to name brands. They are identical in every way that matters to the brand name, although they are not released until a specified amount of time has passed after FDA approval of the formulation. Just like the original, generic medications undergo extensive quality and safety checks, and are manufactured in a laboratory subject to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration.

Many people mistakenly believe that because generics are often less than half the price of the name brand that they are not the same quality. This is an absolute falsehood and something Marla Ahlgrimm wishes that more consumers would accept. The reason, she asserts, that generics are less expensive is because the manufacturers are not subject to testing. The drug or drug combination has already been approved.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: How Does Heat Relieve Menstrual Pain?

Marla AhlgrimmThat clawing, pulling, and body-doubling feeling you get at the onset of your period isn’t just uncomfortable. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that pain caused by menstrual cramps can make you irritable, restless, and fatigued. One method women have used for generations to relieve abdominal discomfort is heat. But is it just a placebo or does heat offer more than just comfort?

Q: What causes cramping?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There are two primary causes for menstrual cramping. There is either a reduction in blood flow to the organs or an overdistention of the uterus or bowels. Either of these scenarios can trigger tissue damage. Further, abdominal discomfort can lead to muscle contractions that make it difficult to go about your day.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Things That Make You Sweat

Marla AhlgrimmNight sweats are a common occurrence in women, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But they are not always triggered by hormones. So what other culprits lie beneath the sheet? Keep reading to find out.

Q: What is the most common causes of night sweats in women?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Hormones, specifically those associated with menopause, are the number one cause of nocturnal sweating in women. This is especially true when it comes to sweating throughout the night. Night sweats caused by menopause are unpredictable, although hormone replacement therapy can help.

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