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prozac for ocd

22 Dec: Three Key Benefits to Using Prozac for OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a relatively common mental health disorder. About two percent of American adults suffer from some form of OCD. Degrees of severity can vary from patient to patient, ranging from mild to severe. Luckily, while there is no cure for OCD, patients have medication options for treating and managing it. Here are some of the key benefits of using Prozac for OCD: What Is OCD? Before we discuss the benefits of Prozac for OCD, let’s take a closer look at what exactly this condition is. This will help establish what treatment protocols are the most effective. The primary symptom of OCD is being caught in a cycle of compulsions and obsessions. People often think of obsessive…

drug allergy

11 Sep: 10 Early Drug Allergy Signs & Symptoms You Should Know

What is a Drug Allergy? Allergens are not necessarily dust particles or other foreign particles only. Medication can cause an allergy to some people. The immune system treats the drug or medication as a foreign substance, which leads to reactions like hives or rashes, bowel disturbance, difficulty in breathing, among others. This reaction is referred to as a drug allergy. Taking too much of these medication causes adverse drug reaction (ADRs). It can also occur if the medication taken reacts with another drug in your system. This allergic reaction, however, subsides often after a day or two when the medication has been discontinued. Drug allergies are rather annoying and serious, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis, which is a severe condition that…

Escitalopram

03 Aug: This Is How Escitalopram Can Benefit More Than Just Your Mood

If you suffer from depression, you may feel that no one else understands the pain you’re going through. Yet, the reality is that depression affects 40 million adults in the United States alone. This makes it the country’s most common mental illness. Are you on the fence about whether to get help? If so, it’s important to know there are medications, such as Escitalopram, designed to reduce anxiety and depression. They work by restoring the balance of chemicals in your brain, helping you feel more like yourself. This knowledge could be lifesaving. Though the condition is prevalent, only one-third of those in the U.S. suffering from depression seek medical treatment. In Canada, one in four residents suffers from a form of…

symptoms of diabetes

24 Jan: 7 Silent Symptoms of Diabetes That You Need to Know

Diabetes a metabolic disease that inhibits the body to produce or respond to insulin the way it is meant to. This results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and raised blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels stay high because the body does not release the much-needed hormone, insulin. Depending on what factors are causing the raised blood sugar level, diabetes can be diagnosed as either type 1 or type 2. American Diabetes Association statistics show that a stunning 25% of people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. Normally during digestion, the body is able to turn foods into glucose. The blood then distributes the glucose to the body’s cells. This is when insulin typically steps in to convert…

eDrugSearch Featured in Woman’s World “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts”

25 May: eDrugSearch Featured in Woman’s World “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts”

[fusion_text] eDrugSearch.com was recently featured in Woman’s World Magazine on page 41 (see article below) in a section entitled “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts – Help me lower my medical costs!” for which I was among 3 experts that helped share tips and advice on to how to lower your medical costs. We are honored to participate and share our tips that we’ve learned over the past 10 years…what an AMAZING journey it has been! Out of all the tips I could ever share, eDrugSearch.com is still the BEST way to reduce your medications costs — even when compared to GoodRx.com or your neighborhood pharmacy discount programs. I know I’m a little biased, so I’ll let you be the judge:[/fusion_text][fusion_text] Drug Name eDrugSearch GoodRx Avg…

Big Pharma - Cannabis

28 Jan: Big Pharma Furious — 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Drugs

Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits. Natural Blaze reports: However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills. The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults…

Bernie Sanders - high prescription drug prices

09 Sep: High Drug Prices are the Problem — Is Bernie Sanders the Solution?

Prescription drug prices are already excessively high, and they are continuing to rise at an astronomical rate. The United States has some of the most expensive prescription medications in the world, and their average annual spending is significantly higher than Europe or Canada. These medication are required for survival, but patients are being forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and having enough money to eat. This problem is widespread, but there are a few people who are fighting for a solution. An oncologist issued his attack in June at a medical conference sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. He rebuked the industry for nearly doubling the monthly cost of cancer drugs in the past decade. Even among Americans with…

Top 10 Expensive Drugs With Cheaper Alternatives

16 Jul: Top 10 Expensive Drugs With Cheaper Alternatives

When should you opt for the brand name expensive drugs and when should you consider a cheaper generic option? The answer, surprisingly, is more often than you think! The truth is, more physicians and pharmacists are actually recommending that their patients opt for cheaper generic drugs as opposed to brand name expensive drugs. They are the same quality and are just as effective, but they don’t come with a fancy unnecessary price upgrade. Don’t Take That Expensive Drug—Take This Generic Instead! In this post, learn about 10 expensive drugs that you can substitute with equally effective yet much cheaper generic drug alternatives. For your convenience, we have linked to all medication prices listed within the eDrugSearch database that will help you save even more—up…

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01 Jul: Top 10 “Most Important” Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

If you’re looking to have a safer and healthier experience taking medication, here is a list of the top 10 “most important” tips for safe prescription drug use: 1) Keep An Updated Prescription Drug Worksheet If you really want to understand your medications and desire to prevent any possible adverse drug reactions to what you take, there is no more important step than this. It’s especially needed if you’re going to a doctor you haven’t seen before and they don’t have your medical history. It’s done by gathering all of your medications together and taking them to your primary doctor so a drug worksheet can be made. Make sure you even include over-the-counter medications as well to keep your doctor abreast…

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28 May: How Long is an Open Vial of Insulin Good For?

Once an insulin vial is punctured and open there is a limited amount of time that the vial can be stored before it becomes unsafe to use. Many people who use insulin will have left over medication in the vial because of the size of their daily dosages. Different insulin products have different time limits on being able to store it safely and it can be hard to track and remember. Not all types of glucose will have the same expiration time on open vials. They not only vary by type but also by the drug used. Here’s a help list to refer to for the proper length of time to store open (punctured) vials: Long-Acting Insulin Levemir: 42 days…

medication allergies

06 May: Medication Allergies: Everything You Need to Know

Medication allergies occur as a result of an immunologic reaction characterized by itching, hives, shortness of breath, rash and facial swelling. Most reactions are mild, but some can be life-threatening. Anaphylactic shock is the most serious kind of allergic reaction to a drug. The first time you take a medication, there may not be any symptoms as this is the initial exposure. But, during this time the body produces antibodies as protection against the drug because it is perceived as a pathogen or foreign body. When you take the drug again, your body is prepared to fight the invader and white blood cells respond by producing histamine. Once histamine is released, symptoms start to occur and a chemical chain reaction…

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01 Apr: Statins: 5 Things Everyone Ought to Know About Cholesterol Medication

Statins, less commonly known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of medications used by people who have high cholesterol. High cholesterol poses risks for potentially fatal events such as strokes and heart attacks if not treated properly with the necessary medications and/or lifestyle modifications. Your cholesterol level is made up of both “good” and “bad” components, as well as other miscellaneous components. HDL is good cholesterol, and LDL is bad cholesterol. Statins are meant to decrease your LDL levels. According to studeies supported by the American Heart Association, statins have been scientifically shown to lower these levels by 45 percent, though this number varies with the particular drug and dosage that is used. These medications play a major role…

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25 Mar: Post Nasal Drip Cough Medicine that Actually Works

People who have a post nasal drip cough should realize their condition is now being called upper airway cough syndrome (UACS). This is a situation where a person has a cough for a long period of time with nasal congestion. It is often caused by mucus dripping down the back of their throat. This causes a person to have a regular sensation they must clear their throat. UACS can cause a person to have a hoarse voice as well as wake up in the morning with something noticeable in the back of their throat. UACS can result from a person having an allergic or a nonallergic reaction to something in their environment. It could also be the result of sinusitis….

prescription medications that can cause hair loss

17 Mar: 11 Common Prescription Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

Heredity or the aging process are the obvious candidates for blame when someone begins losing hair. Other factors attributed to this issue might be stress, illness, surgery, child birth, chronic iron deficiency, thyroid disorder and a questionable diet with protein and caloric restriction. However, prescription medications that can cause hair loss often turn out to be the reason. 11 Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss Blood pressure medications are ACE Inhibitors and include Lisinopril or Captopril. Atrial fibrillation patients or with other arrhythmias take Amiodarone (otherwise known as Pacerone or Cordarone), this pretty rare and doesn’t occur all too often. Statin drugs that like Simvastatin (Zocor) or Atorvastatin (Lipitor) help lower cholesterol. Other medications that can cause hair loss include…

Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

10 Mar: Pharmacy Spotlight: Canadian Pharmacy Meds

Canadian Pharmacy Meds is this month’s featured 5-star licensed online pharmacy. Canadian Pharmacy Meds is an online international pharmacy that offers a number of benefits to customers, including great savings, optimal online ordering, secure delivery fulfillment, wonderful customer service, and a exclusive Canadian Pharmacy Meds coupon code, read on to find out more! Canadian Pharmacy Meds Coupon Code Customers can save big on brand name and generic prescriptions. This pharmacy carries a “Lowest Prices Guarantee” seal on its site”, and they mean it. They offer up to ninety percent off the normal retail price of most medications. Additionally, you the reader, in addition to the already impressive savings offered by this pharmacy, can save even more using this exclusive Canadian…

Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions...

05 Mar: Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions…

Most patients being treated for hypothyroidism are prescribed levothyroxine, also known as Synthroid, its brand name. In fact, nearly 12 percent of women are on the drug for life. Most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroiditis, hypothyroidism is defined by thyroid underactivity. Thyroid Drug Interactions If you aren’t feeling optimal despite receiving thyroid replacement, you may be experiencing the effects of thyroid drug interactions. In some cases, the cause of thyroid medication not working is reduced absorption because of these interactions. All patients being treated for hypothyroidism should receive regular lab tests to monitor TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone. If TSH levels fluctuate wildly, getting thyroid medication levels just right can be more difficult. Thyroid drug interactions can result from use…

Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications Thanks to Online Pharmacies!

11 Feb: Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications

Fewer Americans Skipping Their Meds in 2014 With the high cost of prescription medications, many people have to face the tough choice between filling their supply of prescription medication or paying for essentials of life, like rent and food. Skipping doses of medication can be dangerous, lowering the overall efficacy of the drugs. Recent studies conducted by the Commonwealth Fund have reported the following alarming statistics: In 2012 roughly 50 million Americans, aged 19-64 years of age, skipped filling their scripts due to high cost. The numbers, slightly better in 2014, were still alarmingly high at 35 million people. Several factors are responsible for this increase in prescription obtainment: Obamacare has provided coverage for many, lower unemployment rates have translated…

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03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

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eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse – The New Epidemic

31 Dec: Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse – The New Epidemic

The emerging and insidious epidemic Americans should be worried about is not Ebola; it is prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse and it’s running rampant throughout the U.S. It is something that we all wish wasn’t a reality, but unfortunately it is and we can’t turn a blind eye. Prescription drug abuse is defined by the NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse as taking any medication is a way other than the way the doctor has prescribed. The NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse also states that prescription and OTC drugs are the most sought after drugs after alcohol and marijuana by Americans aged 14 and older. This abuse includes taking medication that has been prescribed for someone else, taking…

Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

23 Dec: Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

  Each month we will be featuring one of our pharmacies so that you can get to know them better and this month’s spotlight is on Canadian Pharmacy King. Canadian Pharmacy King is a licensed Canadian online pharmacy that is motivated by the belief that every person should be able to access affordable prescription medication, no matter where they live. Canadian Pharmacy King has been serving customers for over 10 years and is certified through Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Benefits of Shopping with Canadian Pharmacy King Canadian Pharmacy King offers their customers a number of benefits. At the top of this list is the guaranteed lowest price on all prescription medications. They also refer to themselves as the King of…

Flu Season Tips Infographic

16 Dec: Essential Flu Season Tips [Infographic] to Keep Your Family Healthy

It is now December and the flu season has gotten off to a slow start this year. However, it is coming and already cases have starting popping up, so it is best to be prepared. The first thing that comes to mind when we think about preparing for flu season is to get vaccinated, but this year the flu vaccine may not be the best defense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a press release stating that that this year’s flu may be more severe and that this year’s vaccine may not be entirely effective. Guessing Game Every year, experts at the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) play an educated guessing game as to…

FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

09 Dec: FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

Many pregnant women suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma and they have to take medication, such as Metformin, Sectral, and Alvesco, on a regular basis. They may also develop new conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, an infection, or morning sickness. In addition, the dosage of medications they took previously might change as their body changes during pregnancy. There are so many factors involved that it can be very intimidating for a woman to know what medication she can and cannot safely take. Previous FDA Drug Labeling System Up until now, the FDA has used an outdate letter system to label prescription drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The letters used in this…

Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

02 Dec: Medication Adherence Isn’t Just About Memory

When we picture someone taking medication frequently, even on a daily basis, we often think of the elderly. We also tend to think of this age group when we think of medication adherence. However, its not just the elderly that have a problem with adherence to medication. Anyone who is taking medication for a chronic condition or illness is reliant of daily medication. This includes people who take Metformin or Amaryl for the treatment of diabetes, those who take Ridaura or Imuran to treat rheumatoid arthritis, or those who take daily Lipitor or Crestor to manage their cholesterol levels. People of any age can take these medications and any of these people can have trouble adhering to their daily regimen…

Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

25 Nov: Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Antibiotics are prescribed on a daily basis, and when used under the right circumstances, they can help people recover from illness and even save lives, but it has been argued that they are over-prescribed. They can also have unwanted and very serious side effects that many people do not consider or realize when it comes to this type of drug. What to Watch Out For According to Jane Brody writing for The New York Times, the class of antibiotics that has some of the most severe side effects is also one of the most popular – fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones include drugs such as the well-known Avelox, Levaquin, and Cipro. Of these, Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin was the top-selling antibiotic in 2010,…

Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

18 Nov: Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

Cholesterol medications are taking by millions of people every day with the goal of lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol and increasing the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood. The Mayo Clinic has also indicated that cholesterol lowering medications might decrease the level of triglycerides, which is a type of fat, in the blood. However, these cholesterol medications bring with them potential side effects and everyone who takes them should be aware of these bad side effects. Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medications The Mayo Clinic has broken down the types of cholesterol lowering medication into eight subgroups. These are as follows: Statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor Cholesterol absorption inhibitors, such as Zetia Niacins, such as Niaspan Fibrates, such as Tricor and…

18 Sure-Fire Tips to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

11 Nov: 18 Sure-Fire Tips to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Empower Yourself to Save Money on Prescription Drugs! It’s no secret that prescription drug costs are out of control in the United States. Since 2000, drug costs have risen by an average of 10 percent every year–more than 3 times the rate of inflation during this period. Today, Americans pay more for their medications than the citizens of any developed country in the world. The unfortunate–and sometimes tragic–results of skyrocketing drug prices include consumers forgoing needed medications because they simply can’t afford them. This is particularly evident in today’s struggling economy. The problem of high drug prices most directly affects the 65 million Americans who don’t have prescription drug insurance. But even those Americans who have insurance are seeing co-pays and…

Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

28 Oct: Are Overweight Asthmatic Kids Taking Too Much Medication?

Anyone who is out of shape and overweight will more easily become breathless when doing physical activity. New research that has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has shown that obese and overweight children who have been diagnosed with asthma may have an unnecessarily high use of asthma medication. Simply put, many of these children don’t know how to tell the difference between an asthma attack and simply being out of breath. The Study The study included the participation of 58 children, who were split into two groups: obese and overweight children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile and leaner children with a BMI between the 20th and…

What is the Best Time to Take Your Medications?

22 Oct: What is the Best Time to Take Your Medications?

The majority of people tend to take their medication in the morning when they get up or at night when they go to bed. Taking medication as a part of a solid routine helps ensure the medication isn’t forgotten. Which makes complete sense, BUT that doesn’t mean that morning or night are the best times to take your medication. There are certain medications that are better taken at certain times of the day, according to the biological rhythm of your body and when that medication can be at its most effective. The following is a list of medications that are best taken at a certain time of day: Best Time to Take Asthma Medication Asthma medications taken orally, such as…

Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

21 Oct: Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

  Recently, through the launch of a new online database last week the U.S. government revealed that in 2013, doctors were paid roughly $380 million by medical device and pharmaceutical corporations for speeches and consultations, all within a five-month time frame. Big Pharma spends almost $20 billion annually marketing their products to doctors, which yields profits upwards of $300 billion per year in drug sales. A handful of these doctors were paid more than $500,000 apiece. Others were paid millions for the drugs and devices they helped to create. Doctors insist that this money doesn’t influence what they recommend to their patients. However, it’s extremely difficult to imagine what purpose the payments would serve if not to increase product sales through prescriptions. eDrugSearch.com…

Some Good News for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries

14 Oct: Some Good News for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced that senior Medicare beneficiaries will pay the same premiums in 2015 that they are paying this year and the same as the premiums they paid in 2013. This is good news for seniors who use Medicare, most of whom will pay a premium of $104.90 per month. These premiums fall under Part B of the federal insurance program and affect people who are over 65 years of age. They cover visits to the doctor, outpatient care, and necessary medical supplies. What About Deductibles? Annual deductibles for the majority of people who fall under Part B of the Medicare program will also remain unchanged. It is currently $147 for most people and this will be the deductible…

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

07 Oct: The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

  The past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment “The Cost of Cancer Drugs” in which Leslie Stahl got down to the core of the high drug prices and the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. The focus was on drugs used in the treatment of cancer and how they are getting more and more expensive each time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and released for use by the public. This isn’t the first time the high prices of these cancer drugs have been brought up as an important issue. There are a number of medical experts and doctors from around the globe who have been vocal about their concerns of the high costs…

Iodine - A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

01 Oct: Iodine – A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

What Target Did for Rx Bottles, Iodine Does for Organizing Drug Data The world of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can seem big and scary. Whenever a person needs medication for a disease, disorder, or other condition many questions come up. What are the drug options? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Are there less expensive generic alternatives? How does the drug really impact people in their day-to-day lives? Fortunately, the power of the internet has once again made it possible for people to educate themselves and learn from each other. There is a new drug database called Iodine (www.iodine.com) that offers users a beautiful and interactive way to view data on the prescription and OTC medications, allowing…

18 Common Medications That Cause Muscle Spasms

23 Sep: 18 Common Medications That Cause Muscle Spasms

Have you ever had a charley horse that had you springing from your bed in the middle of the night? Have you ever had a leg or chest muscle cramp that has hit during the day, making it difficult for you to work? Most people have experienced some kind of muscle spasms or cramps at some point in their lives and know how extremely painful they are. However, what many people may not know is that there are a number of common medications that cause muscle spasms as a side effect. That’s right! That midnight charley horse or chest wall spasm after you exercise might just be cause by the medication you are taking. Is Your Medication on the List? Here’s…

New Study: Mild Hypertension Medication May Not Be Needed

16 Sep: New Study: Mild Hypertension Medication May Not Be Needed

  A whopping 40% of adults (that’s 67 million people!) throughout the world suffer from hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure. Over half of those people only have mild hypertension. However, in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, a research team has indicated that the treatment of mild hypertension in patients at low risk of developing heart disease or stroke may be unnecessary. Their argument is not to leave hypertension untreated, but to determine at which level of high blood pressure treatment should begin for low-risk patients. A Little Background It has been widely accepted in the medical community for some time now that treating people for mild hypertension will reduce the risk of them…

Why Health Insurance Coverage Will Cost You More in 2015

12 Sep: Why Health Insurance Coverage Will Cost You More in 2015

  In 2015, you can bet on the fact that your health insurance coverage will cost you more. One year after the Affordable Care Act was launched both employees and employers are looking at increased costs for their health care plans due to the rising cost of prescription drugs. Whether you are considering drugs used to treat common chronic conditions or specialty drugs, prices are going up, up, up, a trend that has been going on for a number of years. According to Bloomberg, over 73 big-selling drug brands found the price increased in the U.S. by 75% or more since late 2007 for many drug categories. Commonly Prescribed Drugs These are the drugs that are prescribed to treat common chronic…

Making Sense of Your Medication’s Side Effects

02 Sep: Making Sense of Your Medication’s Side Effects

  Whether you are taking one medication or a number of different medications, you have probably looked at the list of potential side effects and felt very confused. Why? Because these medication side effects are confusing! You can have a medication that lists both diarrhea and constipation as potential side effects or both drowsiness and insomnia. How can people experience both of these at the same time? Well, they don’t, but all of the potential side effects listed are all of the side effects experienced during the clinical trials of the drug. So one person may have suffered the side effect of diarrhea and another might have had constipation. One might have become drowsy while another ended up with insomnia….

Which Osteoporosis Medication Has the Least Side Effects?

27 Aug: Which Osteoporosis Medication Has the Least Side Effects?

  Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones lose mass and tissue, leaving them weak and increasing the risk of fracture. If you live with the condition, then you know how much it can affect your quality of life. Fortunately, there are medications that can help slow down the progression of osteoporosis, but you need to know the facts before you decide which medication to take to treat the disease. Here are some facts about the different types of osteoporosis medications you can take. Bisphosphonates The most commonly prescribed medications for osteoporosis are bisphosphonates, which are designed to stop bone loss by inhibiting the cells that break down the bone. The first of these to be developed and approved…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications to Avoid During Pregnancy

19 Aug: Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications to Avoid During Pregnancy

Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than two million Americans and most of those suffering from the disorder are women. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissues, which most commonly affects the small joints in the hands and feet, although it can affect other tissues in the body. While the disorder generally begins after the age of 40, there are many women who are diagnosed with it earlier in life. If you are one of the women who have rheumatoid arthritis, then you know there are a number of medications that can help control the symptoms of the disorder. However, many of these medications are also dangerous to take during pregnancy. Types of Rheumatoid Arthritis…

Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

12 Aug: The Hidden Danger of the Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

  Do you have old prescription drugs lurking in your medicine cabinet, under your bathroom sink, or tucked away in some other nook or cranny of your home? If so, then you are not alone. It is common for people to have expired or unused medication at home. Perhaps the medication is one that is not used daily and has expired or perhaps it belonged to a loved one who has passed away. Regardless, having it sitting around the house is dangerous. It is equally dangerous to dispose of prescription drugs improperly. Whether it is time for spring cleaning or some other purge, many people tend to take this old medication and either flush it down the toilet or throw it in…