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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

FDA Approves a New Painkiller Designed to Thwart Abusers

The FDA approved a new chronic pain drug in July, the latest step in the FDA’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuse of extended-release/long-acting opioid painkillers. The drug, Targiniq ER, is for treating pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment. It aims to treat patients who find other treatment options inadequate. Targiniq ER has properties that are … Read More

Old Gout Drug Could Help Your Heart, Hurt Your Wallet

A decades-old medication used to treat gout has taken on a new life in preventing multiple episodes (greater than 2) of recurrent pericarditis. But with its new name comes a hefty price increase. Attendees at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session and Expo heard a report on the CORP-2 trials. The trials … Read More

Do You Trust Your Doctor’s Prescriptions?

When it comes to medications, Americans are skeptical. Many assume their doctors — and expert bloggers on health sites — prescribe or promote certain drugs because pharmaceutical companies pay them to do so. A 2013 Harris Poll showed only 28 percent of Americans think their hospital is trustworthy. A little healthy skepticism is fair. Doctors … Read More

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Statin Sensitivity Doesn’t Rule Out Treatment

Second only to vaccines, statins are the most widely taken medication in the world. On average, statins can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol as much as 40 percent, even at the lowest prescribed dosage. But some  people stop taking the drug after suffering side effects. Luckily, a workaround has been proven effective. A recent study confirms … Read More

Prescription Painkillers Not For Everyone

Contributor: Teresa Dews, MD, Department of Pain Management If you’re struggling with chronic pain, don’t be too quick to pin your hopes on the prescription painkillers known as opioids. These drugs, which include OxyContin® and Percocet®, have a long list of down sides and should be viewed as a last resort for chronic pain, says … Read More

Daily Digest: Prescription Drug Risks, Fertility and More

From U.S. News & World Report: Do Prescription Drugs Affect How Long We Live? Experts weigh in on the benefits and potential risks of prescribed medications and their affect over time. David Longworth, MD, a physician and chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine Institute, comments about the importance of wellness and prevention. Read more of this article … Read More

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