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Drug Side Effects

Drugs That Can Cause Life-Threatening Skin Rashes

Some skin rashes are no big deal. Others, like Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), are potentially deadly. People must be warned about this serious side effect.

Sporanox (?) and other pills
Drug Side Effects

10 Reasons Pharmacists Feel Pressured to Be Positive About Pills

Starting in pharmacy school, significant social pressures encourage pharmacists to be positive about pills and downplay diet and lifestyle.

FDA-approved pills, ampules and injections
Diabetes

Can You Believe FDA’s Drug Safety Claims?

The Food and Drug Administraiton states unequivocally that it only approves drugs that are proved "safe." We think the FDA's drug safety claims are bogus.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Also Fight Osteoporosis?

Erectile dysfunction drugs vardenafil and tadalafil can improve bone density in mice. Will they work for men, too?

Bayer aspirin "The Wonder Drug"
Drug Side Effects

Is Aspirin for Migraines A Miracle or a Menace?

Do you get whiplash from aspirin? One group of experts tells us to avoid aspirin. Too dangerous! Then another group says to prescribe aspirin for migraines.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Healthy People Shouldn’t Take Aspirin for Their Hearts

People who take aspirin are less likely to have blood clots that cause heart attacks or strokes. On the other hand, they are more prone to severe bleeding.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Most people have had their LDL cholesterol measured. Have you ever had your Lp(a) tested? Did you know that statins may actually raise this key risk factor?

Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECG
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Does Your Medicine Mess With Your Heart Rhythm?

Has your heart ever skipped a beat? Most people have had PVCs (preventricular contractions). No worries! But some heart rhythm changes can be lethal.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

PPIs and Cognitive Dysfunction: Anticholinergic Overkill

Ask a doctor whether proton pump inhibitors have anticholinergic activity and you will hear no! But is there a link between PPIs and cognitive dysfunction?

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Allergies

Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase

Some anti-inflammatory nasal sprays have been linked to the loss of the sense of smell. One lucky reader celebrated its mysterious return.

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Drug Side Effects

A Pharmacist Asks If These 10 Drug Therapies Run Counter to Nature

Evolution has provided humans and other animals with a lot of natural defenses. Why should we insist on giving people drugs that run counter to nature?

tablets of hydroxychloroquine against the coronavirus
Coronavirus

Hydroxychloroquine Harm: Arrhythmias and Death

You have probably read the headlines about hydroxychloroquine harm. What's the real story? Learn about the data behind the health headlines in this alert.

Doctor holding Hemorrhoid suppository while woman holds butt
Drug Side Effects

Did Anal Absorption of Prep H Raise BP

Have you ever suffered from hemorrhoids? The itch can be unbearable. Did you know that anal absorption of ingredients in Prep H could raise blood pressure?

older man suffering from dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease

Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

Should the FDA reconsider allowing PPIs to be sold OTC? There's growing evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia. Do we know why? A Swedish study says yes!

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Drug Side Effects

Meloxicam Raised Blood Pressure Through the Roof!

Have you ever taken an NSAID? You know: drugs like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen. All can raise BP. Meloxicam raised blood pressure too high!

young man suffering from depression sitting on a couch looking sad
Depression

Antidepressants and Thoughts of Suicide – Were You Warned?

It's hardly surprising that tens of millions of people take antidepressant medications. What is shocking is that such drugs may trigger thoughts of suicide.

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Coronavirus

Should You Be Wary of DXM Cough Medicine if You Catch COVID-19?

We are all hoping for an effective medicine to treat COVID-19. But are there drugs to avoid? A new study suggests you might be wary of DXM Cough Medicine.

Bayer aspirin "The Wonder Drug"
Cancer

Can You Prevent Colorectal Cancer With Aspirin?

A meta-analysis including recent studies finds that regular aspirin use can help prevent colorectal cancer. Talk with your doctor about benefits vs. risks.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Statins Make You Stupid?

Many cardiologists believe statins are so safe they should be sold over the counter. But can they cause brain fog? This reader says statins make you stupid.

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side Effects

Do Doctors Hate Stories of Statin Side Effects?

Have you ever experienced statin side effects? Some cardiologists think stories of statin side effects are fake medical news or worse, fear mongering.