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Drug Side Effects

Why Can’t We Trust the FDA’s Adverse Events Database?

When a doctor tells you that you need a heart valve or a knee replacement you assume she has great data. But can you rely on the FDA's adverse events data?

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Cancer

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. That leaves great uncertainty.

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Drug Side Effects

What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Failure?

When blood tests point to liver failure, you need to figure out quickly whether drugs or supplements you are taking could be responsible.

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Drug Side Effects

Simvastatin and Muscle Pain: Beware Rhabdomyolysis!

ow can you distinguish between garden-variety statin-induced muscle pain and weakness from statin-induced rhabdomyolysis, a life-threatening reaction?

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Drug Side Effects

Can Restless Leg Syndrome Drive People to Suicide?

It's time to take restless leg syndrome seriously. When people can't get relief, they may become anxious, depressed and desperate.

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Diabetes

If Atorvastatin Triggers Diabetes What’s the Best Diabetes Diet?

Atorvastatin is one of the most prescribed statins. It clearly lowers LDL cholesterol. But if atorvastatin triggers diabetes what should people do?

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Drug Library

Osphena (Ospemifene) for Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse

Vaginal dryness and painfrul intercourse make sex unpleasant or unbearable. Will Osphena (ospemifene) solve the problem? What are the benefits and risks?

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aortic valve regurgitation

Did FQ Antibiotic Levaquin Lead to Heart Valve Damage?

When people are diagnosed with heart valve damage they may assume it's bad luck. Research now implicates FQ antibiotics like levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin.

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Cancer

The Resurrection of Aspirin as an Anticancer and Pregnancy Drug

We used to say that aspirin was the Rodney Dangerfield of drugs...it didn't get much respect. New evidence suggests aspirin as an anticancer agent should.

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Drug Side Effects

How Can You Make Your Lashes Grow Longer?

Should you use the prescription drug Latisse to make your lashes grow longer? It does work, but make sure to keep it out of your eyes.

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Bleeding

Is There an Antidote for Xarelto or Eliquis Bleeding?

Anticoagulants prevent blood clots but raise the risk for bleeding, especially during emergency surgery. Is there an antidote for Xarelto in a crisis?

Joe and Terry Graedon
Drug Side Effects

Does Google Favor Big Pharma and the FDA over Drug Watchdogs?

Whom do you trust to provide independent health information especially about drugs? Does Google favor Big Pharma directly or indirectly? What about the FDA?

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Drug Side Effects

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?

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aortic aneurysm

Do Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Damage Heart Valves?

The trail of tears from antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) continues. The latest chapter in this saga: damaged heart valves!

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Cancer

You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic mistakes are surprisingly common. They can lead to disability or death. A new study identifies the most common conditions that are often missed.

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Body Odor

Are All Natural Deodorants Free of Aluminum?

Have you been seduced by the word natural? It seems safer than "synthetic." Some natural deodorants and all antiperspirants contain aluminum salts. So what?

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Drug Side Effects

Can People Overdose on Potassium-Rich Foods?

Many people are low in potassium. That's because they take thiazide diuretics to control blood pressure. Is it possible to overdose on potassium-rich foods?

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Cancer

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

Is ranitidine (Zantac) tainted with a carcinogen called NDMA? Should it be recalled? The FDA says NDMA is in ranitidine, but no worries. We're not so sure.

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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?

Breast Cancer

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.