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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.

older woman looking forgetful and forlorn
Drug Side Effects

When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confusion

When people become forgetful or have memory problems they often worry about Alzheimer's disease. But what if Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental confusion?

woman standing on tennis ball to relieve plantar fasciitis
Drug Side Effects

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain Without Drugs

You could get relief from plantar fasciitis pain with physical therapy, orthotics or even home remedies. Will one of these get you moving again?

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
Drug Side Effects

Joint Pain Solutions When NSAIDs Kill Your Stomach

Meloxicam is a doctor favorite for pain. So are celecoxib and diclofenac. These joint pain solutions come with a big complication: serious stomach ulcers!

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Drug Side Effects

Can You Reverse Tardive Dyskinesia from Abilify?

Drugs prescribed for bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia can cause tardive dyskinesia. Can this devastating brain injury be reversed?

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COVID-19

Should the FDA Banish PPIs for Heartburn?

Do powerful acid-suppressing drugs for indigestion raise the risk for catching COVID-19? A new study suggests that PPIs for heartburn may pose a problem.

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Colorectal Cancer

Can Blood Pressure Pills Cut Risk of Colon Cancer?

In Hong Kong, people taking ACE inhibitors or ARBs seem to have a lower risk of colon cancer. Are the drugs responsible?

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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?

Mature 50s Asian man suffering heartburn or stomachache, pressing on stomach with painful expression, sitting on sofa at home, medicines on table
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.

Sporanox (?) and other pills
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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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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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?

Bayer aspirin "The Wonder Drug"
Drug Side Effects

Is Aspirin for Migraines A Miracle or a Menace?

Do you get whiplash from aspirin? One group of experts tells us to avoid aspirin. Too dangerous! Then another group says to prescribe aspirin for migraines.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Healthy People Shouldn’t Take Aspirin for Their Hearts

People who take aspirin are less likely to have blood clots that cause heart attacks or strokes. On the other hand, they are more prone to severe bleeding.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Most people have had their LDL cholesterol measured. Have you ever had your Lp(a) tested? Did you know that statins may actually raise this key risk factor?

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Does Your Medicine Mess With Your Heart Rhythm?

Has your heart ever skipped a beat? Most people have had PVCs (preventricular contractions). No worries! But some heart rhythm changes can be lethal.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

PPIs and Cognitive Dysfunction: Anticholinergic Overkill

Ask a doctor whether proton pump inhibitors have anticholinergic activity and you will hear no! But is there a link between PPIs and cognitive dysfunction?