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

Long-term Antacid Use Linked to B12 Deficiency

Antacids like Prilosec®, Nexium® and Pepcid® are made to relieve your heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gastric ulcers. But a new study is linking the long-term use of these antacids to deficiencies in vitamin B12. The medications are typically prescribed for short-term use, up to eight weeks, but some people take them for years … Read More

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