3 Questions to Ask Before You Take Pain Relievers

If you check your medicine cabinet right now, there’s a good chance you’ll find over-the-counter pain relievers. You might find acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. But do you know whether you can safely take these drugs? For many people, if you follow dosing instructions, the answer is yes. But if you follow the news, you … Read More

What Hidden Dangers Are Inside Your Medicine Cabinet?

When we take them at the right dosage and under a physician’s care, drugs offer many benefits. It’s also important to be aware of possible side effects. Below, find commonly used drugs and some caveats about their use. OTC pain meds, prescriptions and supplements Over-the-counter medicines, common prescriptions, and nutritional supplements can have serious effects … Read More

Heart Patients: 3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid

If you’re being treated for a heart condition, medicine cabinet staples such as aspirin and ibuprofen may not be good for you. The same goes for certain antibiotics. Studies have found that these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, clotting, arrhythmia and even death for some heart patients. Know the risks before you take: … Read More

Medical Advances That May Affect You

Medicine changes so fast that doctors are hard-pressed to stay on top of the latest developments. That’s why they attend national medical meetings. At these meetings, they learn the latest information in their specialty. The annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the largest in the world. From the thousands of … Read More

Are You Sensitive to Aspirin? Here are Some Reasons Why

Contributor: David Lang, MD, Chair of  Department of Allergy and Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Aspirin can be very helpful in treating many conditions — from a headache to heart disease. However, when some people take this simple wonder drug, they experience one of a few types of adverse reactions, known as aspirin sensitivity. There are three groups of … Read More

4 Natural, Drug-Free Ways to Fight Your Migraine Headaches

A bad headache can temporarily stop you in your tracks. Chronic migraines or tension headaches can be debilitating. But you don’t always have to reach for ibuprofen to get relief. According to integrative medicine specialist Melissa Young, MD, there are more natural ways to manage and prevent these types of headaches – therapies you can … Read More

An Aspirin a Day? Only If You Have Had a Heart Attack

If you never have had any cardiovascular problems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says you should not take aspirin to avoid a heart attack or stroke. In a recommendation issued this week, the FDA says scientists have not proven aspirin therapy has any benefit for people without cardiovascular problems. This group includes those with risk factors … Read More