The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Why Do Drug Companies Love Long Lists of Side Effects?

Be honest now. Do you zone out when long lists of side effects are recited on drug commercials? Do drug company lawyers use that information to avoid blame?

Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effects

Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate Arthritis

Show 1185: What Are the Risks of Too Many Meds?

Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Concern

How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

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Allergies

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk becoming dependent. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Sporanox a Versatile Cure or a Dangerous Drug?

The anti-fungal drug itraconazole (Sporanox) should be reserved for use against serious systemic fungus infections, not used off label for minor problems.

Anxiety

Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam and lorazepam remain popular to ease anxiety. If stopped too quickly, benzos can cause withdrawal!

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Drug Side Effects

Why Can’t We Trust the FDA’s Adverse Events Database?

When a doctor tells you that you need a heart valve or a knee replacement you assume she has great data. But can you rely on the FDA's adverse events data?

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Alternative Health

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Many popular herbal medicines have prescription drug interactions. Learn about them before including both herbs and drugs in your regimen.

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Cancer

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. That leaves great uncertainty.

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Drug Side Effects

What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Failure?

When blood tests point to liver failure, you need to figure out quickly whether drugs or supplements you are taking could be responsible.

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Drug Side Effects

Simvastatin and Muscle Pain: Beware Rhabdomyolysis!

ow can you distinguish between garden-variety statin-induced muscle pain and weakness from statin-induced rhabdomyolysis, a life-threatening reaction?

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Drug Side Effects

Can Restless Leg Syndrome Drive People to Suicide?

It's time to take restless leg syndrome seriously. When people can't get relief, they may become anxious, depressed and desperate.

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Diabetes

If Atorvastatin Triggers Diabetes What’s the Best Diabetes Diet?

Atorvastatin is one of the most prescribed statins. It clearly lowers LDL cholesterol. But if atorvastatin triggers diabetes what should people do?

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Drug Library

Osphena (Ospemifene) for Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse

Vaginal dryness and painfrul intercourse make sex unpleasant or unbearable. Will Osphena (ospemifene) solve the problem? What are the benefits and risks?

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aortic valve regurgitation

Did FQ Antibiotic Levaquin Lead to Heart Valve Damage?

When people are diagnosed with heart valve damage they may assume it's bad luck. Research now implicates FQ antibiotics like levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin.