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Cipro Overview

The threat of anthrax as a biological weapon has become a real concern for everyone. Ciprofloxacin is a drug used to treat people exposed to anthrax. Learn how this medicine works against the anthrax bacteria.

Drug Rep Gifts Influence Doctors' Prescription Choices

A new study found that doctors were more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs when they got gifts or meals from pharma reps. HowStuffWorks explains why. See more »

What's the Deal With the New Statin Recommendations?

HowStuffWorks Now looks at new guidelines for people over 40 and statin use. See more »

How Generic EpiPen Is Still Going to Make Money for Mylan

Mylan, maker of EpiPen, is also making a generic version even though its patent won't expire for years. HowStuffWorks Now finds out why. See more »

30 Is the New 10: Study Says You Only Need a Tetanus Booster Every 30 Years

What if you could wait 30 years for a booster shot? HowStuffWorks Now looks at a new study, promising just that for tetanus. See more »

New Bacteria Discovery Could Let Us Fight Cavities With Probiotic Pills

Could a probiotic pill help fight the cavity-causing bacteria that lives in our mouths? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How Bee Sting Therapy Works

Venom has been used therapeutically since ancient times. Find out more about bee sting therapy from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are expired over-the-counter drugs OK to use?

Are those expired meds even working? Or, worse, are they causing you harm? Find out if over-the-counter drugs are OK to use. See more »

10 Off-label Uses of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are often used to treat things that aren't depression. Find out about off-label antidepressant use at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are fish antibiotics safe for humans?

Fish antibiotics might be similar to prescription antibiotics, but that doesn't mean they're safe. Learn more about fish antibiotics. See more »

Can antibiotics make you feel fatigued?

Do antibiotics cause fatigue? Learn about antibiotic side effects and fatigue at HowStuffWorks. See more »