The People's Perspective on Medicine
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How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

Millions of pills of losartan, valsartan, irbesartan, ranitidine and Zantac have been recalled. Would you know if your drug is recalled? Lot numbers? Nope!

Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

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

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Failure?

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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?

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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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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!