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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).

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain Without Drugs

Joint Pain Solutions When NSAIDs Kill Your Stomach

Can You Reverse Tardive Dyskinesia from Abilify?

Should the FDA Banish PPIs for Heartburn?

Can Blood Pressure Pills Cut Risk of Colon Cancer?

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Constipation

Chronic Constipation Causes Can be Challenging

Laxatives are not a great solution for chronic constipation. That’s especially true if chronic constipation causes are related to medications.

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Side Effects

How Did Campho-Phenique Block Sunburn?

We were surprised when a reader reported that dots of Campho-Phenique on chigger bites seemed to block sunburn. Could it be the colloidal silicon dioxide?

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Drug Side Effects

Withdrawal Results from Refusal to Renew Alprazolam

Over 5 million people take alprazolam (Xanax) for anxiety. If a doctor does not renew alprazolam prescriptions he can trigger some very nasty symtoms!

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Acid Reflux

What Are Downsides to New Secret Weapon for Heartburn?

We warn a reader to be wary of a secret weapon for heartburn. It turns out to be generic Nexium, and long-term use has potentially serious complications.

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Drug Side Effects

Drugs That Can Cause Life-Threatening Skin Rashes

Some skin rashes are no big deal. Others, like Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), are potentially deadly. People must be warned about this serious side effect.

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Drug Side Effects

10 Reasons Pharmacists Feel Pressured to Be Positive About Pills

Starting in pharmacy school, significant social pressures encourage pharmacists to be positive about pills and downplay diet and lifestyle.

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Drug Side Effects

Can You Trust Generic Drug Quality?

Most health professionals trust generic drug quality. That's because the FDA says it does a great job. But readers are fed up with contamination problems!

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Anxiety

Zolpidem for Insomnia | COVID-Related Anxiety

Has the coronavirus been causing you anxiety, depression or insomnia? You would not be alone. Prescriptions for drugs like zolpidem for insomnia are way up!

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Diabetes

Can You Believe FDA’s Drug Safety Claims?

The Food and Drug Administraiton states unequivocally that it only approves drugs that are proved "safe." We think the FDA's drug safety claims are bogus.

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Depression

When a Drug Like Buproprion Smells Bad

When food smells bad we know not to eat it. That's because it may be spoiled. What should we do if an antidepressant like bupropion smells bad?

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Drug Side Effects

Will Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Also Fight Osteoporosis?

Erectile dysfunction drugs vardenafil and tadalafil can improve bone density in mice. Will they work for men, too?

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Diabetes

Drug Labels Inadequate for Metformin Drug Recalls

No one wants to consume carcinogens in food or water and certainly not in medicine. The FDA just announced metformin drug recalls due to contamination.