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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.

Could a Pain Reliever Change How You See Risk?

The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy

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

How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

Can Prilosec Interfere With Vitamin B12 Injections?

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Drug Side Effects

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?

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Drug Side Effects

Have Generic Drug Companies Cheated the Public?

Drug companies are not supposed to fix prices. The antitrust division of the DOJ says some generic drug companies cheated by doing just that.


Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Elegant Defense? (Archive)

You might imagine your immune system as an army fighting off invaders. What if it behaved more like a peacekeeping force to maintain harmony?

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Drug Side Effects

Do Doctors Know Short Term Steroids Are NOT Always Safe?

Doctors have prescribed short term steroids with the understanding that such "burst" treatments were very safe. New research contradicts that.

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Will Ozempic Be Safe Over the Long Term?

Ozempic (semaglutide) seems less likely than some other medications to trigger cardiovascular problems, but diabetic retinopathy may worsen.

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Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

Many people think that what goes on the skin stays on the skin? Topical NSAIDs get into tissues. What are the side effects of Voltaren Gel?

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Drug Side Effects

Atenolol Side Effects vs. Losartan Side Effects

Two decades ago beta blockers were routinely prescribed for hypertension. Not so much anymore. Why Not? What are atenolol side effects?

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Acid Reflux

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and some nondrug approaches can help.

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Alternative Health

Will Iodine on Nails Upset Thyroid Function?

Painting white iodine on nails is a popular remedy for nail fungus. Iodine can be absorbed through skin, but not much through nails.

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Harm of Putting Petroleum Jelly in Your Nose?

You may be tempted to put petroleum jelly in your nose if it is dry. Breathing in small particles can cause lipoid pneumonia.

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Drug Side Effects

Low Selenium Makes Liver Vulnerable to Pain Reliever

Both high and low selenium levels can make the liver more vulnerable to damage from excessive acetaminophen (paracetamol).

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Drug Side Effects

Is Your Medicine Making Your Ears Ring? | TINNITUS

Have you ever experienced tinnitus? When your ears ring it can be devastating! What causes this problem? You'd be surprised how many medicines can do it.