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Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate Arthritis

Do corticosteroid injections ease the joint pain of osteoarthritis and speed healing or cause accelerated joint damage? A new analysis raises a red flag!

How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Is Sporanox a Versatile Cure or a Dangerous Drug?

Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

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

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Alternative Health

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Many popular herbal medicines have prescription drug interactions. Learn about them before including both herbs and drugs in your regimen.

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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

Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (Ranitidine)

You won't believe this. There is a nitrosamine drug recall for the BP med losartan. Other countries are recalling ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Why?

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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?