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Is There a Better Arthritis Remedy If You Have Diabetes?

Pectin dissolved in grape juice works well to ease a reader's horrible joint pain. But grape juice has a lot of sugar. Is there a better arthritis remedy?

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Age Spots

Can You Find Non-Irritating Sunscreen?

In your search for non-irritating sunscreen, try one with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These mineral compounds block the rays physically.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Metformin Result in Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

A reader finds that taking metformin results in vitamin B12 deficiency with effects on eyesight. Ask the prescriber to check on your vitamin status.

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Drug Side Effects

Have Pharmacists Become Cheerleaders for Drugs?

Economic forces seem to explain why pharmacists are cheerleaders for drugs, even when there is some evidence that the medicines carry risks.

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Drug Side Effects

Controlling Pancreatitis With a Careful Diet

People may find that controlling pancreatitis with a high-vegetable low-fat diet is a good approach.

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Bleeding Ulcers from Aspirin Can Be Life Threatening

Many people take aspirin for granted. They recognize it can cause stomach upset, but they may not take bleeding ulcers from aspirin seriously. They must!

Woman applying sunscreen to young child
Drug Side Effects

JAMA Study Proves Sunscreens ARE Absorbed into Bloodstream

A second FDA-sponsored study reveals that many popular sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and get into the circulation. How worrisome is this finding?

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Drug Side Effects

Long Lasting Shoulder Pain After Flu Shot

The CDC states side effects from a flu shot are generally mild and go away within a few days. Some of our readers are left with long lasting shoulder pain.

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Drug Side Effects

Global Amnesia Is A Very Scary Statin Side Effect

Have you ever heard of transient global amnesia (TGA). It is a temporary loss of memory that can last for hours. Are statins associated with attacks of TGA?

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Drug Side Effects

Avoiding Insecticides That Could Harm the Heart

Pyrethroid pesticides may increase cardiovascular risk, although these compounds work to repel ticks. People want help on avoiding insecticides.

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Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

The FDA has just asked the maker of lorcaserin (Belviq) to lose weight to withdraw it due to an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis.

Celecoxib pills
Drug Side Effects

Celecoxib Skin Rash Can Be Extremely Serious

Celecoxib skin rash may not sound serious, but it can be a devastating or even lethal drug reaction. If you develop a rash, alert your doctor.

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Drug Side Effects

What Can Woman Do About Lower Sex Drive from Fluoxetine?

SSRI antidepressants like fluoxetine can lower sex drive. A different antidepressant might solve the problem, but adjusting could be a challenge.

Woman scratching itchy arm

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Why doesn't the FDA require a warning about cetirizine - Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal on the OTC drug label? Ditto for levocetirizine (Xyzal). Help FDA!

vitamin D3 pills
Drug Side Effects

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

When sunshine is limited, you may need vitamin D3 pills to bring your level of this hormone up to normal. However, some people report digestive symptoms.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Greater exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was linked to higher mortality from heart disease in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Woman with inhaler for COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

TV commercials for prescription meds are incredibly sophisticated. If you have not seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, you must watch it!

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Drug Side Effects

The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects & Benefits

What is the bottom line on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir) for influenza? How well do they work? Are there side effects you should know about?

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Drug Side Effects

When Are Bad Drug Side Effects Worse Than Drug Benefits?

Have you ever experienced bad drug side effects? If you watch TV commercials you know that death is not considered an obstacle to FDA drug approvals.

Cortisone shots into the knee

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When your knees hurt, life gets harder. Climbing stairs can be challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting, but do they cause lasting damage?