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European Drug Regulators Recalling Zantac (Ranitidine) – FDA Not Yet!

Why are drug regulators recalling Zantac in Canada and Europe? Why is the FDA biding its time? Is there a reason to worry about a carcinogen in ranitidine?

Does Green Tea Interact with Heart Drugs?

Are All Natural Deodorants Free of Aluminum?

Stopping Ultracet (Tramadol + Acetaminophen) Led to Withdrawal

Can People Overdose on Potassium-Rich Foods?

Popular Heartburn Drug (Zantac/Ranitidine) Tainted with a Carcinogen

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Drug Side Effects

Can Mouthwash Increase Blood Pressure? An Unusual Interaction

Antibacterial mouthwash is supposed to kill germs. What if it has an unexpected side effect? Could mouthwash increase blood pressure by killing good germs?

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Should You Take a Drug to Prevent Breast Cancer?

The USPSTF says a woman at high risk can benefit from taking a drug to prevent breast cancer. A woman whose risk is low will probably benefit very little.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Medications Change Hair Color or Curl Your Hair?

When you think of changing hair color you probably consider hair dye. What if your oral cholesterol medicine or RA drugs turned gray hair black or curly?

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Arthritis

How Can Topical Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) Hurt Your Stomach?

Some people love topical diclofenac for sprains, strains or inflamed joints. Others find that it causes the same nasty stomach symptoms as oral NSAIDs.

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Drug Side Effects

Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

A reader was surprised to learn that FDA has not approved Armour thyroid or other desiccated thyroid extracts. However, some people feel better taking it.

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Arthritis

Do You Read OTC Medication Labels? You Should!

Most people believe that nonprescription drugs are safe. That's why they may not read OTC medication labels. What if we told you OTC drugs can harm or kill?

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Drug Side Effects

Tramadol and Hypoglycemia: Beware Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar!

A serious side effect of the pain reliever tramadol can be low blood sugar. Most doctors don't know about tramadol and hypoglycemia. Learn about symptoms!

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abdominal obstruction

Abdominal Obstruction Due To Lisinopril Is Life Threatening

Have you ever had a really bad bellyache? Such attacks can be hard to diagnose. If the BP drug lisinopril causes abdominal obstruction it can be deadly!

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Depression

Is Depression Linked to Metformin for Diabetes?

A possible vitamin B12 deficiency could explain depression linked to metformin for blood sugar control. An additional supplement might help.

Dr. Sean Mackey, expert in managing pain
Podcasts

Show 1178: Do We Need a Revolution in Managing Pain?

Opioids are an important tool for managing pain, but they are not the only option. Dr. Sean Mackey says we need a revolution in thinking about pain.

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Asthma

Asthma Expert Questions Conventional Asthma Treatment

Asthma treatment used to seem simple: a corticosteroid inhaler plus a bronchodilator. A study in the NEJM has turned things upside down. Asthma is complex!

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Drug Side Effects

Why Are People Having So Much Fun on Drug Commercials?

Do you ever watch television? If so, you know it's almost impossible to avoid prescription drug commercials. Do you find the ads misleading? One reader does