The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Many people worry about generic drug quality. An FDA executive raised concerns about foreign manufacturing. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada?

A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effect

Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

What Other Drugs Boost Antidepressants’ Effectiveness?

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Drug Side Effects

ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

Tens of millions of people take ACE inhibitors to lower high blood pressure. Is there an association between drugs like lisinopril and lung cancer?

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Arthritis

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

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Drug Side Effects

Why Do Drug Companies Love Long Lists of Side Effects?

Be honest now. Do you zone out when long lists of side effects are recited on drug commercials? Do drug company lawyers use that information to avoid blame?

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Drug Side Effects

Stopping Zolpidem (Ambien) for Insomnia Can Be Challenging

Have you ever had trouble getting a good night's sleep? Who hasn't? That's why sleeping pills are so popular. But stopping zolpidem can be a challenge.

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Depression

Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Triggers Violence

Commercials for Chantix, especially the "Slow Turkey" ads, are very compelling. What about side effects? Does Chantix trigger agression in some people?

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Arthritis

Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effects

People who receive cortisone injections into joints for pain relief may also experience systemic psychological side effects such as insomnia or anxiety.

Arthritis

Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate Arthritis

Doctors frequently use corticosteroid injections into joints to ease pain and stiffness. A new review of the evidence suggests this has serious downsides.

Podcasts

Show 1185: What Are the Risks of Too Many Meds?

Lots of Americans, especially senior citizens, are taking too many meds. This can result in undesirable reactions and dangerous interactions. Can we fix it?

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Drug Side Effects

Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Concern

Canadian scientists have found a link between losartan and suicide that also implicates similar drugs such as irbesartan or valsartan.

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Drug Side Effects

How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

What should you do when your drug is recalled? Check the lot number (if you can find it) and ask the pharmacy about returning it.

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Allergies

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk becoming dependent. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.