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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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.
Find out which meds to be careful taking if you have kidney problems
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.
Find out what symptoms could signal that you are sensitive to aspirin
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.
Find out how you can safely treat chronic, ongoing pain
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.
Find out what common medications you may need to avoid
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.
Find out if your meds could be causing or worsening your incontinence
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.
Find out what you need to know about powerful opioid meds
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.
Find out what could be causing the metal taste in your mouth
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.