The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

Many people with AFib are taking anticoagulants like Eliquis or Xarelto. They must be warned about interactions between these drugs and OTC pain relievers!

FDA Approved pill bottle illustration
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Is the FDA’s Definition of Safe a Lie?

Words matter! That's why we are outraged at the FDA's definition of "safe." The agency claims that all drugs it approves are safe, but some harm people.

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

People taking fish oil or purified EPA, a component of fish oil, appear more susceptible to atrial fibrillation, heart rhythm changes that can be troubling.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain?

Scientists tested dark roast and light roast coffee as well as decaf and beverage constituents to see what components of coffee may prevent amyloid plaques.

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Arthritis

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

Purple Diclofenac pills
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

A Danish study reviews the dangers of diclofenac and finds that it can harm the heart and digestive tract. Are topical NSAIDs like Voltaren Gel any safer?

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

How Can You Find a Legitimate Canadian Pharmacy?

How do you afford crucial medicines like Eliquis when the price can top $400 a month? One reader wants to know how to find a legitimate Canadian pharmacy. We supply answers.

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fibrillation?

People in pain should be told that ibuprofen triggers atrial fibrillation, as do other NSAIDs. Home remedies may be safer for relieving pain.

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Aging

No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

Although fish oil has a reputation for soothing dry eyes, a recent randomized controlled trial found that placebo capsules of olive oil worked just as well.

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Will Nuts Protect You from Afib?

People who munch a serving of nuts at least three times a week are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation. Could nuts protect you from Afib?

a cut on a hand
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the Prescribing Info

Doctors used to rely upon warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clots. Newer anticoagulants are taking over. Learn about Eliquis and Xarelto side effects.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Does Chocolate Really Help Your Heart?

A Danish study found that people who eat chocolate are less likely to have atrial fibrillation. Does chocolate really help prevent Afib?

Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs could harm your heart. They increase the risk for the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.

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Arthritis

Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blood Pressure

Millions pop vitamin I (ibuprofen) every day without a second thought. But ibuprofen side effects can be very serious. All NSAIDs pose significant risks.

ECG of A-Fib
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Is Your Medicine Triggering Scary Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a potentially life-threatening irregular heart rhythm. A surprising number of medications can trigger this arrhythmia.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thinners

There was a time when warfarin (Coumadin) was the main blood thinner prescribed to prevent clots. Newer anticoagulants include Eliquis, Pradaxa & Xarelto.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Can You Stay in the Sweet Spot for Your Warfarin Dose?

It can be difficult to get the warfarin dose just right all the time. Even people who managed it most of the time sometimes had a dangerous deviation.

Common Foxglove (Digitalis) flowers blooming in the garden
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Could Digoxin Protect Your Heart Two Ways?

Research in mice shows that digoxin, a drug derived from foxglove, lowers cholesterol and eases inflammation to reduce plaque in arteries.

Illustration on using the AliveCor ECG phone case to detect atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Could a Do-It-Yourself ECG Save Your Life?

A do-it-yourself ECG achieved through a mobile phone device and app can detect a-fib and facilitate treatment.

ECG of A-Fib
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Is There an Antidote to Pradaxa?

Praxbind is now available as a way to reverse the anticoagulant action of dabigatran (Pradaxa) in a bleeding emergency.