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

FDA Boosts Heart Attack, Stroke Warning for Pain Relievers

If you take more than the recommended dose of a non-aspirin pain reliever in the belief the medicine is harmless, there’s good reason now to pay close attention to the directions on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday strengthened warning label requirements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include pain relievers … 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

Could Ibuprofen Help You to Live Longer? Maybe

You take ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce fevers or headaches. But could this common, over-the-counter drug also hold the key to a longer, healthier life? Authors of a new study suggest it’s possible. Researchers from Texas A&M gave regular doses of ibuprofen to baker’s yeast, worms and flies and found the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug … Read More

How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More

6 Reasons Why Your Blood Pressure Meds Aren’t Working

What happens when medication doesn’t bring your high blood pressure under control? A hypertension specialist looks at potential causes. Usually, it’s not just one single issue but various factors that contribute to the problem. Your doctor will work to figure out why – and from there, create a new plan of attack. “Finding the right … Read More