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Dr. Richard Williams

Pharmacy
Brooklyn NY, NY
19 years experience male

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The Asthma Pharmacist

Brooklyn NY, NY

Address

Brooklyn NY, NY
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About

Bio

I am a practicing pharmacist with over 30 years experience. I hold a BS in Phramcy, MS in hospital pharmacy and a doctor of pharmacy degree. I am also a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and a certified asthma educator (A-EC). My areas of expertise and interest include asthma, COPD,

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Pharmacy

Board Certified Pharmcotherapy Specialist

Pulmonology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

805 Answers
805 Agrees
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Absolutely: Allergies to animal dander is a very common "trigger" for asthma. Some simplistic things you may try include, not letting your pets in your bedroom, t... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not sure: By saline inhaler do you mean a nasal spray of saline? If this is so, yes you can. If you man something else, i'm not sure what a saline inhaler is un... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Difficult to answer: Not sure if there is any concrete connection . However, dust mite allergy is a common trigger for asthmatics as are cockroach droppings and skeletons.... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Time: Drugs have what is called a half-life. This is the time for half the amount of a drug in your body to be excreted. They vary from drug to drug. In gen... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Will: Will withholding certain medications hasten the end?
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Probably none: At worst, the taste is terrible. The dose is appropriate for an adult without contraindications like kidney dysfunction.Allergies to the drug.Etc. Wh... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Ignore: Can they exercise the same as other children, what are the signs of hypo and hyperglycemia, what kin.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
No advantage: In the majority of cases, an asthmatic's lungs are normal between attacks. Xrays would not show anything. If your physician suspects your attacks may ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not necessarily : A diagnosis of asthma includes your medical history (how many attacks, how severe, when, etc) and a spirometry test. This test determine your lungs' f... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Good question: In severe attacks an injection of epinephrine may have been used. Otherwise there were not too many options. Bed rest was probably the only choice for... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
YEs it can: This is a classic side effect for this drug. Discoloration is usually green/blue in nature but not necessarily a sign of serious problems. Talk it ove... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Numerous reasons: One in particular is the "rotation" are you rotating the injection site? If not talk to your physican on how this is done.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not necessarily: Antibiotics are rather specific in the kinds of bacteria they kill. Macrobid is very specific for utis whereas amoxi and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may not... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Hard to answer: Opiates bind to "receptors" in teh brain and nervous system which gives them their analgesic and euphoric effects. People to become addicted to the eu... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Watch: Watch fluid intake especially hidden water in fruits and veggies.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes to some: Pravachol (pravastatin) is a statin that will reduce triglycerides (not too much though) and raise HDL (again not too much. As far as metabolic syndro... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes and no: Since you brain requires oxygen and it is the iron in your blood that accounts for it's oxygen carrying ability. Low iron levels can have an effect . ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Depends: I hate giving that type of answer but unfortunately it is appropriate here. In general it would take approximately anywhere from 18 hours to 2 1/2 -3 ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
There are a few: dulera (formoterol and mometasone) is a combination of a long acting bronchodilator and cortisone. If it is a matter of your insurance copay ask your ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes: This combination is used often especially in recurrent episodes or treatment resistant to a single or 2 drugs. Don;t stop anything unless you talk it ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not too much: A routine liver function test, if that is what you are asking, is not that expensive. If you are looking for specific drug levels that may be implicat... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Symptoms: A cold comes on gradually while flu onset is aburpt and sudden. Flu symptoms can be reduced if treated early (less than 72 hrs fro onset) with a drug ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes: Flovent is an inhaled steorid used in asthma and copd. If used more fequently than prescribed it may have systemic effects like osteoporosis, immunity... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Tessalon: This type of drug is designed to reduce coughing. Yu may want to look forther into your cough as it may be produced by numerous conditions like chroni... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Bioavailability: Oral drug usually pass through the liver after absorption from the GI tract. This removes a certain amount (first-pass). Injectable forms bypass this ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
None: If you are not taking Dilantin , there should be no levels at all. However, therapeutic levels are between 10-20mcg/ml (blood test).
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Get routine checks: Regardless of the dose, this drug can cause compromise- varying from paient to pateint.Testing is rather routine and can spot a problem before it beco... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Infection: Since it your dog it its not likely to have rabies so dont worry. Dog bites can cause infections. The right antibiotic is the key due to the types of... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes: Often, the "triggers" for asthma are allergies. Grass, pollen and other "nature" related triggers are common in this condition.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not an easy question: Though oral steroids are sometimes used in treating asthma's more severe cases, please be sure that she is taking her inhaled steroids and rescue inha... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
False positive?: Potassiu tests are levels of teh element potassium in your blood. If you mean what can cause elevations, there are a number of possibilities. Diabetes... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not for infections: If you have sinus infections these agents are not antibiotics. The may reduce secretions and dry upyour sinuses but will not kill bacteria. See your p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Eczema?: If you mean eczema, you should see a physician for proper treatment. Improper treatment can lead to more severe episodes and complications.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Too much fiber?: Fiber is the non-digestible part of plants, etc. A byproduct of this incomplete digestion is gas. This may be the cause of your bloating. Check with y... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes: If you feel you need a specialist, your physician could refer you to one they know. Additionally, communication between to physicians (ie your medica... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Get him checked: "smoker's cough" is often an early sign of chronic bronchitis. This is the first signs of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There may not b... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes: No drug is completely devoid of side effects. Often they are very mild to a point of not being noticed. People react differently to the same drugs. Th... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Possibly: If you have been diagnosid with persistent asthma and you are not taking your controller, this can definietly be a cause. Tghere may some allergen tri... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not a problem: Quite often eye drops (especially antibiotics like tobramycin) are used in the ear since an otic (ear) preparation is not always available. However, k... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Very tricky: not all online pharmacies are "legitimate". How do differentiate good ones from the others is a very difficult process. I am aware of some legitimate ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Possibly: Asthma that is allergy triggered can be positively affected by fluticasone. Of course, avoidance of the "trigger" (if possible) is even better. Air co... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Sleep schedule: I think you hit on it yourself. If your sleep schedule is erratic it is not too surprising that you are having these physical symptoms. Of course gett... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not necessary: I would recommend you start as soon as possible. Since the infection was not controlled by penicillin it may be getting worse and you shouldn't wait. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Serious reactions: Generally people who have anaphylactic reaction-like threatening-need epipen (epinephrine).
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Water retention?: A common side effect of cortisone (either injected or by mouth) is water retention.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Pseudomonas: As you know pseudomonas is a gram negative organism. Aminoglycosides like gentamicin, tobramicin and Amikacin are usually effective but resistance may... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Pulmonary rehab: Pulmonary rehab includes exercises to improve copders breathing. Depending on your severity level, the exercises are tailored to you. Don't be afraid,... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Cortisone-type drug: Meticorten is Prednisone and form of cortisone. It is used for many inflamatory conditions. Taken orally or by injection at high doses over long perio... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Possibly: The best way to make sure is seeing your physician, give a good history of your attacks, when , where and why and a spirometry test. These would give... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not necessarily : Your symptoms do not fit into the expected mold of asthma. However, to make sure, you should get tested. Talk to your physician and give a good histor... Read More
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Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Williams is very knowledgeable. I recommend him highly.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! my doc. Said the same. Just seeingif consistent. My brother had died from stomach cancer and I was concerned because he used acid reflux med
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This was very helpful. Thanks! THANK YOU DR. RICHARDS AND WHO WOULD BE THE BEST DR. TO GO FOR THIS TREATMENT AND GET COMPLETELY WELL. NO MORE COUGH.....
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Thanks for your quick reply i do u use my rescue inhaler b4 playn football but doesnt hav affect i try using it again half way through playn

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

St Mary's Hospital Brooklyn
Completed 1973

Awards

PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR- ST JOHNS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
FELLOW- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CONSULTANT PHARMACISTS
preceptor of the year Long Island University college of pharmacy 2013

Affiliations

ASCP, AARC, ACCP, NYSCHP, NAECB
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