What Hidden Dangers Are Inside Your Medicine Cabinet?

What you should know about common medications, supplements

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.

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  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    OTC pain meds, prescriptions and supplements

    Over-the-counter medicines, common prescriptions, and nutritional supplements can have serious effects on kidney function, especially if your kidneys aren’t completely healthy. Some health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, can also put you at greater risk for kidney problems.

  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    Aspirin

    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.

  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    OTC pain medications

    For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn that if you have chronic, ongoing pain, you should avoid long-term use of acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin and ibuprofen.

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  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    Aspirin, ibuprofen and antibiotics

    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. Depending on your individual condition, these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, clotting and arrhythmia.

  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    Common prescription drugs

    If you are struggling with urinary incontinence or your existing incontinence is getting worse, take a look at the medications you are taking. Diuretics, alpha blockers, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers and sedatives may contribute to the problem.

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  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    Opioid pain medications

    The use and abuse of opioid pain medications has become increasingly problematic in recent years. While they can be quite effective when used appropriately to treat pain, they need to be carefully monitored. These drugs include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine.

  • What Hidden Dangers Are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

    OTC meds, prescriptions and vitamins

    Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. A metallic taste can indicate serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms.

For any drugs you take to manage a condition or to deal with other symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor. He or she can advise you about safe use of medication based on your individual health history.

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