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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.
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Q. I've had underarm odor for four years and it's been the most embarrassing thing. I'm 16 and in high school. I wore sweatshirts and tried not to get close to people because I was so embarrassed. I wouldn't even hug my boyfriend. My armpits would start to smell five minutes after I took a shower an…Read More
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Ginkgo biloba is a popular herbal medicine that is reputed to improve cognitive functioning. Even though randomized controlled trials do not show that it prevents dementia or Alzheimer's disease, millions of older people take it in the hopes of warding off mental decline. A new study from the Nation…Read More
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Q. My 17-year-old granddaughter has a problem with smelly feet. My son uses strong medicine from a podiatrist, which is probably inappropriate for her. Any home remedies?A. Readers of this column love to share their remedies for smelly feet. One woman reported that her boyfriend had good success rub…Read More
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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
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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 8 pages on the pros and cons of the various medicines used to lower blood sugar and a wealth of details on non-drug approaches such as diet, supplements and special foods.
St. John's Wort is a popular herbal treatment for depression. Download the pdf guide.
Download guide to which drugs change personality or cause depression? Side effects of Halcion, Prozac and Xanax. Protect your children from problems with OTC drugs.
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.
Overview Polymox closely resembles other penicillin-type antibiotics. This medicine is frequently prescribed because of its broad-spectrum activity against a large number of bacteria. Polymox is effective in fighting infections in many parts of the body including the urinary tract, lungs, ears, thro…Helps with:
Detrol LA is used for overactive bladder. Full prescribing information is available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=6981Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detrol_la …Helps with:
Overview This combination oral contraceptive contains synthetic hormones similar to the female hormones estrogen and progestin. It works primarily by preventing the release of eggs from the ovary. Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 may be prescribed in either 21 or 28-pill packets. Make sure you discuss the regimen …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!
Ginger is a popular seasoning for foods in many different cuisines. In China and Southeast Asia where it probably originated, it has also been put to a range of medicinal purposes. It is considered good for the digestion and beneficial against congestion. One of our favorite home remedies for colds …Helps with:
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:
Guggul (Goo-gall) is a resin from a tree native to India. This resin has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which combined it with other plant products to cleanse and rejuvenate the body, especially the blood vessels and the joints. It was also used for sore throats and digestive complaints. In C…Helps with:
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