Dr. Richard Williams

Pharmacy
Brooklyn NY, NY
20 years experience male

Locations

The Asthma Pharmacist

Brooklyn NY, NY

Address

Brooklyn NY, NY
Directions

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,

Specialties
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Pharmacy

Board Certified Pharmcotherapy Specialist

Pulmonology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

804 Answers
805 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Really more that 2: Most people are aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes but there are other forms as well. Gestational (during pregnancy) , chemical or drug induced diabe... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
No: Clindamycin is an antibiotic and does not contain aspirin. However, a side effect of the drug itself can reduce platelets and causing blood "thinning"... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
No: "swine" flu can be transmitted from person to person. just like any other strain of influenza.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not particularly: Many COPD patients are taking inhalers whose actions are directly opposite that of nicotine. This may reduce or even cancel the drug's effectiveness.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
May not need steriod: Steroids are generally used in asthmatics who have persistent symptoms that need a "controller" to reduce inflammation and the amount of "rescue inhal... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Nasal MRSA colonized: It is not uncommon for MRSA to colonize the nasal passages, especially after a hospitalization. If it is limited to the nares a topical antibiotic may... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Depends: I hate giving a "depends" answer but this is what it is. Inhalers are convenient to use and carry. Sometimes, the patient cannot coordinate inhalation... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Yes: In addition to increases in infection risks, diabetes may be part of a "metabolic syndrome" which can include obesity, hypertension, and cholesterol p... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not an easy question: Basements may be more damp and have mold, etc which can exacerbate the child's asthma. However, if the basement is appropriate for living and it can b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not too long: Depends on how long you were taking clindamycin. Most common side effects with this antibiotic are diarrhea, possibly cramps, etc. In general, should... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not an easy question: There are many forms of hypertension and as many, if not more, treatments. Once diagnosed , your physician will probably start with a single agent lik... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not necessarily: There are many causes for elevated liver enzymes.If you are on chronic medications, this may be a cause (ie statins). The elevation of the tests are a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Removed from market: There are currently no over the counter asthma inhalers in the us. The manufacturers of primatine are petitioning the fda to keep it available. No ac... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Serious reactions: Generally people who have anaphylactic reaction-like threatening-need epipen (epinephrine).
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Numerous possibles: There are many causes for metallis taste.Some are related to drugs, vitamins, etc. Othee causes may be related to a metabolic condition. Best to check... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Depends: Gastroparesis is often linked to diabetes. If the drug you are taking for nausea is metoclopramide, you may find improvement since it increases GI mot... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Blood thinners?: If your wife is taking anything that may "thin her blood"like warfarin, aspirin, vitamin e, she may be showing side effects of these agents. Best to c... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Could be many things: The cough can certainly be related o your COPD. Vomiting can be from many causes including GERD, hiatal hernias and even excess mucus from your COPD. ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Water retention?: A common side effect of cortisone (either injected or by mouth) is water retention.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
All drugs have them: Norfloxacin belongs to the class of antibiotics called quinolones. Usually in a short course of treatment the usual nausea/vomiting/diarrhea scenario ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Yes and no: Moisture in necessary to reduce the tenacity of mucus in the lungs. This is often the reason a nebulizer without medication is used to make the mucus ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Apples and oranges: Though both drugs are in the same class (beta blockers), their doses vary. Atenolol is available in 25, 50, and 100mg tablets. Metoprolol is available... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Yes: Exercise induced asthma is a real thing. It usually occurs during the exercise and is otherwise absent when not exercising. Check with your physician ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not sure: The tooth staining from tetracycline is not superficial like coffee, smoking, etc but part of the enamel itself.. Not sure if there is anything than c... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs(not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Triggers: Aside from the intercourse, you mentioned fans. Could be that the fan is blowing animal dander, or anything else you might be allergic to and which t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Help?: Not quite sure of the connection as to why can't asthmatics have psoriasis. Though asthma may be allergic in nature, psoriasis is described as immune ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Be careful: Many online pharmacies operate outside the us and their products may be questionable. Depending on the medication, many drug manufacturers do have pro... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 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 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Infectious diseases: The tick bite and bulls-eye rash may be related to lyme's disease. An infectious diseases specialist may be better qualified to answer and guide you o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Inhaled Steroids: Since asthma has an inflammatory nature, the use of inhaled steroids (cortisone) can minimize inflammation and reduce the severity and number of attac... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Depends: Some combinatinos of antibiotics and alcohol cn cause what is called an "antabuse effect". This means while taking the antibiotic, alcohol can cause n... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Unwanted occurence: A medicatin reaction can occur from too much drug, allergic reaction, drug interaction with other drugs and numerous other possibilities. The bottom l... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Difficult to answer: This may be a urinary tract infection or an early sign of diabetes (polyuria). Best way to eliminate either is by getting checked by your physician.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Yes: indapamide is a diuretic ("water pill") used in treating hypertension, heart disease and other conditions where reducing your fluid load would benefit... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Stroke prevntion: Aggrenox is a combination of Aspirin and a drug called dipyridamole. This combo prevents platelets from "clumping" and causing a clot or embolism to p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Sometimes easier: When using a dry powder inhaler, the "hand inhale" coordination is not required. You active the inhaler, the powder is released and you breathe in as ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Nystatin: This is the usually treatment for thrush.The price is unusually high. Make sure the generic was prescribed.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Not easy to answer: Not everyone with COPD requires spiriva since exacerbations are not the same in frequency or severity for each person Of course your physician is the ... 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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