Duane Wesche, our resident pharmacist, received his degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1978, and has worked at BJC HealthCare since 2001.
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Amoxicillin and Z-Pak (Antibiotics to Treat Infection) Questions and Drug Interactions
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Questions and Drug Interactions
Claritin (Loratadine) Questions and Drug Interactions
Cough and Cold
Coumadin (Warfarin) Questions and Drug Interactions
Drug Side Effects
General Medication Questions
Ibuprofen (an NSAID) Questions and Drug Interactions
Isradipine (Dynacirc) Questions and Drug Interactions
Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Melatonin (a Hormone That Promotes Sleep) Questions and Drug Interactions
Mucinex Products (Guaifenesin) Questions and Drug Interactions
Prednisone (a Steroid) Questions and Drug Interactions
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) Questions and Drug Interactions
Synthroid (Levothyroxine) Questions and Drug Interactions
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Questions and Drug Interactions
Xanax (Alprazolam) Questions and Drug Interactions
Don't see your question?
Government Panel Votes Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicines Are Risky for Those Under 6
It has been suggested to the FDA that children under 12
should not be recommended to take any cough and cold remedies
-- that these remedies are both ineffective and unsafe.
Other than Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Children's Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen),
do not give your child anything without a prescription from your pediatrician.
About Our Pharmacist
Duane Wesche received his pharmacy degree in 1978 from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and furthered his education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Memphis, Southern California University-Pasadena. He is working on a doctorate degree in health care administration from Kennedy-Western University.
Duane has worked in a chain store pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and his own pharmacies for 17 years. Duane has been at BJC HealthCare since 2001 and currently provides inpatient pharmacy services at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Duane is a certified asthma educator. He is a licensed pharmacist in both Illinois and in Missouri.
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