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What Are the Best BP Drugs for Hypertension?

If you have hypertension why did your doctor choose one med over another? You might be surprised to learn which BP drugs score highest.

Are Statins and Leg Cramps a Neglected Challenge?

Flu Shots Linked to Deaths in South Korea

Does Genetic Testing Help Avoid Problems With Anesthesia?

Should We Worry About the New Holds on Vaccine Trials?

Are Popular Drugs Responsible for the Diabetes Epidemic?

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Coronavirus

Do Your Medicines Suppress Your Vitamin D?

Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants and certain other medicines suppress your vitamin D levels. Will that make you more vulnerable to infection?

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Drug Side Effects

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Mistakes in the pharmacy are shockingly common. No other profession could get away with so many errors and remain respected. How can you protect yourself?

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Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistle?

MIlk thistle extract can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It blocks the same enzyme as statins.

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18 Pharmacists Discuss Their Most Memorable Medication Mistakes

Have you ever gotten the wrong drug from the pharmacy? Here, pharmacists reveal their memorable medication mistakes.

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Shame on Us for Describing Drug Company “Girls’ Night Out”

Drug company execs are NOT supposed to meet with competitors to set prices. Men played golf and women sipped martinis at Girls' night out.

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Coronavirus

The Inside Story on the AZ Vaccine Pause

AstraZeneca has resumed its big coronavirus trial in the UK. The vaccine pause is still in effect in the U.S. Why is there a discrepancy?

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Drug Side Effects

Could a Pain Reliever Change How You See Risk?

Taking the OTC pain reliever acetaminophen could change how you see risk and encourage less cautious behavior.

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The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy

This sensational excerpt mentions many pharmacists quoted in Dennis Miller's new book, The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy.

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Drug Side Effects

Can CoQ10 Prevent statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS)?

Many health professionals deny that there is something called SAMS: statin-associated muscle symptoms. Is Coenzyme Q10 an antidote to SAMS?

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Cancer

How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

One drawback of narcotics for pain relief is opioid-induced constipation. Several drugs may help counteract this complication.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Prilosec Interfere With Vitamin B12 Injections?

Vitamin B12 injections are a common treatment for pernicious anemia. Injections are not affected by acid-suppressing medicines.

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Can You Read the Fine Print on Rx or OTC Drugs?

Do you need a magnifying glass and a PhD, PharmD or an MD degree to read the fine print on your Rx or OTC label and make sense out of it?