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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. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to put on a bandage. Finally, I went into the kitchen to show it to my boss. He took just one……Read More
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Q. I read about the woman who uses olive oil as a personal lubricant. Is it safe to apply the olive oil directly inside the vagina? A. Some women may have allergic reactions, so it would be prudent to do a "patch test" on the inner arm first. If it is safe enough to eat, though, it is probably safer…Read More
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Eating fish may help protect vision as people age. Australian investigators have been studying nearly 2,500 people for many years. Dietary data collected in this Blue Mountains Eye Study show that just one serving of fish each week reduced the risk of developing early age-related macular degeneratio…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 about the causes of headaches. Migraine triggers, and drug and non-drug treatments for migraines and cluster headaches. Coping with menstrual migraines and sex headaches.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, 70 million Americans (one in three adults) suffer from arthritis. Prescribed medications have potential side effects, but there are ways to cope with the pain.
Download the 6-page guide to nutrients and exercise to help you cope with leg cramps and restless leg syndrome.
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.
Actonel is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is also prescribed to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. Full prescribing information is available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=7348Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly info…Helps with:
Overview Zyprexa is the third new medicine to treat schizophrenia, following Clozaril (clozapine) and Risperdal (risperidone). Unlike older anti-psychotic drugs such as Thorazine (chlorpromazine) and Haldol (haloperidol), which just treated "positive" symptoms such as hallucinations, disor…Helps with:
Overview Mevacor is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides and reduced levels of protective HDL cholesterol. Diet, exerc…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!
_Arnica montana_ is a perennial flowering plant native to southern Russia and other mountainous areas in Europe. In Germany, _A. montana_ is a protected species, so the pharmacopoeia there includes the very similar species _A. chamissonis._ (French and Swiss pharmacopoeias do not permit this substit…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:
Saw palmetto, also called sabal palm, grows in the southeastern United States. Its dark berries were traditionally made into a tea and taken for urinary problems or sexual difficulties. During much of the nineteenth century, saw palmetto berry extract was included in the National Formulary, a list o…Helps with:
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