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Perscription drugs help millions of people improve health outcomes each year. Unfortunately, many come with undesireable, or downright unhealthy side effects. Stay in the loop with People’s Pharmacy.
Q. I began taking meloxicam in April for inflammation. By June my stomach was so messed up I couldn't stand it. My pain doctor switched… Read More
Q. My doctor recently suggested that I should start taking metformin to help prevent a recurrence of prostate cancer. When I looked the drug up… Read More
Popular Home Remedies
There’s more to creating lasting health than swallowing pills, and we’re passionate about sharing these alternatives. Does your ailment require a perscription, or just a little TLC from your garden? Find out here.
- Alternative Health
Over eight years ago we received the following message from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column: "I want to share a remedy I learned about when traveling in Brazil. Just apply milk of magnesia to your armpits. It is the best underarm deodorant!" This person had left home without her deodoran…Read More
- Alternative Health
Q. I appreciate what people have shared about their tricks for relieving headaches and migraines. I was especially intrigued by reports that provoking brain freeze with ice cream might stop a migraine in its tracks. Trouble is, I get too nauseated when a migraine is setting in. What else can I do fo…Read More
- Alternative Health
Q. I just started using topical MoM (milk of magnesia) on my skin and my acne has started shrinking. I am trying to get off oral antibiotics so I hope this remedy works. A. Many readers tell us that applying milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to the skin can help clear up acne. The only referenc…Read More
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More than a million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are usually considered autoimmune conditions, although it is not… Listen to this Show
Do home remedies have a role in skin care? Dan Siegel, MD, says that dermatologists can find a lot of medicinal uses for botanical products,… Listen to this Show
Most of us have experienced the frustration of a phone tree that seems designed to keep us from speaking to the person who could actually… Listen to this Show
People's Pharmacy Health Guides
In our health guides (typically $2-$3 each) we distill years of knowledge an experience in to quick guides that you can use to make informed health choicesand take control of your treatment options.
Download the guide to which drugs increase nutrient requirements -- and which, like Synthroid or tetracycline, are inactivated by common supplements like iron or calcium.
Download important drug interaction information on this popular, life-saving medicine. What's the best and safest aspirin dose?
Drug Library Resources
Looking for more information on a drug you’ve been perscribed, or considering asking your doctor about a new medication? Brush up on the facts in our drug library.
Generic Name is metoprolol tartrate (ma TOE proe lol / TAR trayt) and Brand Name is Lopressor (loe PRES sor) Generic Name for extended release is metoprolol succinate (ma TOE proe lol / SUK sin ate) and Brand Name is Toprol-XL (TOE prawl ‘X’ ‘L’) Overview Metoprolol is available as metoprolo…Helps with:
Overview Diflucan is the first in a group of antifungal medicines that also includes Nizoral and Sporanox. It is prescribed as a single-dose treatment for vaginal yeast infections. It is also used to treat thrush and has been prescribed for cryptococcal meningitis in patients with HIV. Side Effects …Helps with:
Overview Until fairly recently, women at risk of osteoporosis had a difficult choice: taking estrogen strengthened the bones, but increased the risk of breast cancer. Evista belongs in a new category of drugs, selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMs. By tailoring the molecule's estrogenic a…Helps with:
Herb Library Resources
We’ve prepared a library of information on healthy herbs, where to find them and how to use them. Get started with the articles listed below, or click ‘View Herb Library’ to explore on your own!
Echinacea is the name of a genus of native North American plants with reddish or purplish flowers. There are nine species, but only three of them (E. angustifolia, E. pallida, E. purpurea) are used as botanical medicines. Gardeners may recognize echinacea as the purple coneflower. Echinacea was used…Helps with:
This shrub, a Russian relative of China's popular herb ginseng, also grows in northeast China, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and in Korea. In Russia, it occurs in forest undergrowth and margins. In China, this herb is called ci wu jia, and this name has appeared on some packaging in t…Helps with:
This Asian species is reputed to bring long life to the user. According to the Sinhalese proverb: "Two leaves a day will keep old age away." As the story goes, people in Sri Lanka noticed that elephants, animals known for their longevity, included Centella leaves in their diet. Extrapolation suggest…Helps with:
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Statins such as atorvastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin have been the mainstay in cholesterol control for decades. The evidence that they prevent second he...2093 Reads TodayRead This Post
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