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If you check your medicine cabinet right now, there’s a good chance you’ll find over-the-counter pain relievers. Before you seek relief, know your risks — and what will work best for you.
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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) strengthened warning label requirements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include pain relievers such as … Read More
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
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
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
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
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