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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
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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 cannot take statin-type drugs. Is there a natural way to get triglycerides down? A. Triglycerides have just been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks (JAMA, July 18, 2007). Fish oil is a natural way to lower this risk factor for heart disease.…Read More
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There is an ongoing controversy about the safety of long-term soy supplementation for menopausal women. Isoflavones found in soy have some estrogenic activity and are often taken to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes. A two-year study of 400 women found that the soy supplements did not put women a…Read More
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Q. I am in my early 60s and I am miserable with hot flashes. My doctor has taken me off hormones because he is concerned about the risk of blood clots and heart attacks. (I do have high blood pressure.) Now that it is so darned hot outside, my frequent hot flashes are even harder to bear. This is no…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
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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.
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Drug Library Resources
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Overview This natural estrogen formulation is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the country. The hormones are purified from pregnant mares' urine. Estrogen replacement therapy is prescribed primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It has also become a popular …Helps with:
Overview Dilantin is one of the oldest and best studied anti-seizure medications on the market. Although it was first developed in 1908, the drug's ability to prevent epilepsy wasn't discovered until 1938. Dilantin works in part by stabilizing nerve cells and making them less excitable. It also exer…Helps with:
Crestor is one of the statin class of cholesterol-lowering drugs.Full prescribing information is available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=6243Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crestor…Helps with:
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These two shrubs (sometimes considered variants of a single species, C. alexandrina) have a place in medical history going back to the ninth century when Arabian physicians introduced Europeans to this powerful laxative. C. senna, in particular, is native to the Nile in Sudan and Egypt and had been …Helps with:
Psyllium seeds (also known as blond psyllium or ispaghula) are derived from a species of plantain that is native to India and Iran. The seeds are small and reddish-brown, with no distinctive aroma and almost no flavor. They absorb water and become surrounded with mucilage that has excellent emulsify…Helps with:
Scullcap is a member of the mint family and a native of North America, where it thrives in moist woodlands. Common names for it include helmetflower, hoodwort, and mad-dog weed (from its introduction into American medicine in 1773). A physician in New Jersey, Dr. Lawrence Van Derveer, claimed it was…Helps with:
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