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Cancer

Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

The FDA has just issued an alert that taking lorcaserin (Belviq) to lose weight might boost the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

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Drug Side Effects

Celecoxib Skin Rash Can Be Extremely Serious

Celecoxib skin rash may not sound serious, but it can be a devastating or even lethal drug reaction. If you develop a rash, alert your doctor.

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Drug Side Effects

What Can Woman Do About Lower Sex Drive from Fluoxetine?

SSRI antidepressants like fluoxetine can lower sex drive. A different antidepressant might solve the problem, but adjusting could be a challenge.

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Allergies

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Why doesn't the FDA require a warning about cetirizine - Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal on the OTC drug label? Ditto for levocetirizine (Xyzal). Help FDA!

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Drug Side Effects

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

When sunshine is limited, you may need vitamin D3 pills to bring your level of this hormone up to normal. However, some people report digestive symptoms.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Greater exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was linked to higher mortality from heart disease in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

TV commercials for prescription meds are incredibly sophisticated. If you have not seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, you must watch it!

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Drug Side Effects

The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects & Benefits

What is the bottom line on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir) for influenza? How well do they work? Are there side effects you should know about?

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Drug Side Effects

When Are Bad Drug Side Effects Worse Than Drug Benefits?

Have you ever experienced bad drug side effects? If you watch TV commercials you know that death is not considered an obstacle to FDA drug approvals.

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Arthritis

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When your knees hurt, life gets harder. Climbing stairs can be challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting, but do they cause lasting damage?

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Alternative Health

Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

A systematic review of scientific studies finds that the answer to the question: Does acupuncture help ease cancer pain? is yes.

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Drug Side Effects

Statins Can Cause Myositis: A Serious Statin Side Effect!

Statin side effects include muscle pain, type 2 diabetes and cataracts. The FDA has minimized an autoimmune muscle condition but statins can cause myositis.

Drug Side Effects

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Flu Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

Drug Side Effects

Vaseline Should Stay Out of the Nostrils

Even when dry air makes breathing uncomfortable, we advise you to keep any type of oi, including petrolatum, out of the nostrils.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

A Big Statin Controversy: Do Statins Impair Memory?

Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin remain highly popular. Can such statins impair memory?

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Dandruff

How Can You Ease Scalp Itchiness?

Persistent scalp itchiness can be extremely hard to treat. Readers offer possible solutions; we advise them to make sure the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Cancer

FDA Slow to Recognize Asbestos Danger in Powder

Although the FDA has known for decades that some talcum powder might be contaminated with asbestos, for most of that time it overlooked the risk.

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Back Pain

Substitute Pain Relievers Appear in Suicide Attempts

As doctors turn away from opioids for pain relief, the drugs they are prescribing instead are implicated in more suicide attempts.

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Depression

Losartan and Suicide: Is This a Real Side Effect?

Losartan is one of the most prescribed blood pressure pills. Is there a link between losartan and suicide? What about ACE inhibitors like lisinopril?

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Alcoholism

Could Old Drug Offer New Hope for Problem Drinking?

A new study shows that ketamine might help people limit problem drinking. After one dose, when they expected a beer and didn't get one, people drank less.