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Drug Side Effects

Avoid Drug Side Effects by Being Informed!

Does your doctor give you a written list of symptoms to watch out for when she writes a prescription? This is the best way to avoid drug side effects!

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Anxiety

Is There a Downside to Ashwagandha?

You could use herbal medicine to reduce anxiety and treat insomnia. Will you experience a downside to ashwagandha? Sometimes people have digestive upset.

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Drug Side Effects

Ranitidine – Zantac is Going, Going Gone At Last!

Have you ever taken Zantac or ranitidine for acid stomach, indigestion or heartburn? Tens of millions of people did. Now, Zantac is going to disappear. Why?

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Coronavirus

Studies Will Show If Hydroxychloroquine Can Save Lives

Scientists are scrambling to set up studies. They hope to learn if hydroxychloroquine can save lives during the coronavirus epidemic.

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Coronavirus

How Safe Is Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19?

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine pills will now be used to treat patients sick with coronavirus. How safe is hydroxychloroquine for widespread use?

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Bayer aspirin "The Wonder Drug"
Cancer

Is Aspirin a Miracle or a Menace?

Tens of millions died during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Did aspirin contribute to the death spike that year? Is aspirin a miracle or a menace?

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COVID-19

Should You Avoid Ibuprofen for COVID-19 Fever?

The French Minister of Health recently warned his nation not to take ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms. Did he frighten people without cause?

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Cancer

Can You Manage Your Blood Sugar Naturally?

If you have type 2 diabetes, paying attention to exercise, diet and supplements could help you manage your blood sugar more naturally.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Tamiflu Side Effects Stop You from Taking It?

If you have influenza, your doctor may prescribe Tamiflu to help you recover faster. What should you know about Tamiflu side effects?

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Allergies

Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psych Side Effects

Singulair is sold as a generic allergy and asthma drug under the name montelukast. The FDA has just issued a montelukast warning about serious side effects.

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Did Clindamycin Lead to Terrible Diarrhea?

Antibiotic treatment, especially with clindamycin, can lead to a C diff infection. The symptoms include terrible diarrhea, cramping, fever and pain.

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Drug Side Effects

Gabapentin Risks for Persistent Shoulder Pain?

Gabapentin is taken by nine million Americans. Many of those prescriptions are off label. What are some gabapentin risks? Beware confusion and depression.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

How Dangerous is Aluminum for People? What’s in Your Armpit?

Have you ever wondered how dangerous is aluminum? It is all around us and is used in everything from antacids to antiperspirants. What is the latest update?

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Constipation

Are There Problems With Mineral Oil for Constipation?

You can use mineral oil for constipation, but regular use for a long time could lead to vitamin deficiencies. Add another approach.

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Anxiety

How Can You Overcome a Fear of Public Speaking?

Medications may help you overcome fear of public speaking, but cognitive behavioral therapy and practicing the skill could help even more.

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Diabetes

Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Like Statins?

Red yeast rice contains some statin-like compounds. Does that mean it can cause statin-like side effects? Will red yeast rice raise blood sugar levels?

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Arthritis

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.