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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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03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

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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,…

There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

10 Apr: There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

Have you ever been told that you can’t take vitamin supplements with your medications or that you really need to be careful when doing so?  You certainly do need to exercise caution because the combination of vitamins and prescription medication can cause a myriad of problems, but vitamin supplements CAN be beneficial with prescription medications IF you take the right combination.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of a potent and beneficial combination of medication and vitamins. Antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Lexapro, are well-paired with the B vitamins, particularly vitamins B6 and B12. People taking Metformin for type 2 diabetes will do well to take vitamin B12 and fish oil. When taking antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin or…

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17 Jul: How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions

The advance of modern medicine has helped human kind on many levels. The age of the average person has been extended, once deadly diseases are now a minor incontinence and medicine heals wounds that was once life altering. However, this doesn’t mean that all medicine is perfect. Even the most tested medicine reacts differently to each individual person. Sometimes these meds have a reaction that isn’t expected and can harm an individual. When this happens, here is How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the entity that approves all medicine that comes in and out of the USA. This is who will eventually be contacted about the adverse drug reaction. However, this isn’t the…

23 Jun: Pharmacy 101: antibiotic resistance and medication errors

In this informative lecture video from the “Pharmacy 101” class at the University of California-San Francisco, Joe Guglielmo, professor of clinical pharmacy, explores antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Then (at about the 30-minute mark), Lorie Rice discusses problems with medication errors. If you think college lectures are dry, you won’t be interested. But it’s geared for a lay audience — so if you want to learn more on these topics from some very knowledgeable people, please check it out.

23 Jun: Drug-interaction risk is real; don’t ignore it

Unfortunately, when we are contemplating taking a new prescription medication, too many of us don’t think about possible harmful interactions with the other drugs we’re taking. We treat the risk like all the fast-paced warnings at the end of pharmaceutical commercials — we ignore them. That’s dangerous — and in a world where many of us don’t have long-term relationships with a single doctor or pharmacy, it’s becoming all too common for us to fall into drug regimens where the individual medications either counter each other’s effects or create unexpected, and sometimes even deadly, side effects. That’s why Health 2.0 sites like DoubleCheckMD and PharmaSurveyor are so valuable; they allow you to enter medications and research possible interactions yourself. If…

29 Feb: Did doctors illegally prescribe pills to Heath Ledger?

Doctors in California and Texas are currently under investigation for illegally prescribing Ledger the painkillers Oxycontin and Vicodin, according to reports. Whether the individual doctors did anything wrong, however, patients can get in trouble when they go to multiple doctors — which is increasingly the case in today’s world. That’s why it is important to take the safety of your drug regimen in your own hands through a sophisticated tool like PharmaSurveyor (now in beta) or some of the other drug-interaction tools currently on line, like this one at DoubleCheckMD .

06 Feb: How prescription medications killed Heath Ledger. Possible prevention?

The report from the medical examiner is in: Heath Ledger died from the “the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” The brand names for the drugs that were in Ledger’s system are OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom and Hydrocodone. To be clear, Ledger didn’t die from an overdose of prescription drugs. He died from Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs) — a fatal reaction to the combination of medications he was taking. As Dr. Kevin Pho of Kevin, M.D. surmises: “Two narcotics, three benzodiazepines, and one sedating antihistamine. If a single physician was responsible for these prescriptions, that’s a serious error in judgment. It is more likely that Mr. Ledger received multiple prescriptions from different physicians around the…

Celebrity Drug Overdoses

23 Jan: 12 Accidental Celebrity Prescription Drug Deaths

  Heath Ledger could be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Ledger was taking anti-depressants as well as the “dangerous drug” Ambien at the time of his death, although his autopsy today was inconclusive. While most celebrity overdoses have been the result of either suicide or the use of illegal drugs, a surprising number of stars have died by accident — from medications you can purchase at the corner pharmacy. Here’s a list of accidental celebrity drug deaths: 1.) MARILYN MONROE. Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” died from an overdose of sleeping pills — specifically, Nembutal and chloral hydrate . Although Monroe’s death was officially listed as a suicide in 1962, many forensic…

16 Jan: Do supplements and prescription drugs interact?

Yes — although a lot of people don’t realize it. Pharmacist Sue Brenan advises consumers not to use herbal or dietary supplements with their medicine without talking with a pharmacist or physician. Here’s Sue: I’m sure the Puppet Show Dude would not agree with Sue on this one. Sue actually might be more persuasive if she employed puppets in her video.