Ask Mark … – July 2017

Ask Mark … Ruby from EFFORTS asks, I am on Symbicort® and Spiriva®, is there a substitute for Spiriva that works as well, but isn’t as drying? My mouth gets so dry with Spiriva! Mark explains, Anticholinergics are a class of drugs that block the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, allowing the…

Ask Mark – May 2017

Ask Mark Deb from Pennsylvania asks if Medicare will pay anything toward the purchase of oxygen equipment or does it only pay for rental? She is nearing the end of her five years with her current supplier and wants to buy her equipment rather than deal with the company that has the contract in her…

Ask Mark – March 2017

Ask Mark … Francine from Texas was concerned when there were blood streaks in her mucus and asks if this something that can be serious. Mark answers, Blood-streaked mucus is rarely a clinically significant problem. Many kinds of irritation of upper airways can cause the shedding of small amounts of blood. Unless you have been…