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Generic Drugs

About half of all prescriptions are filled with a generic equivalent of a brand-name drug. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients, safety and effectiveness as brand-name medications, but are they really just as good? And why are they so much cheaper than brand-name drugs?


What happens if you miss a dose of antibiotics?

 What happens if you miss a dose of antibiotics?

If you miss a dose of antibiotics, will it interfere with your treatment? Learn about antibiotic doses at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do antibiotics interact with dairy?

 Do antibiotics interact with dairy?

Some medications are high-maintenance about what foods you pair them with. And milk can be one of them. See more »

Should you take antibiotics and probiotics at the same time?

 Should you take antibiotics and probiotics at the same time?

Some antibiotics are a little too good at cleansing your system. You might go to the bathroom a lot if you're on an antibiotic. Can probiotics help? See more »

Is mixing antibiotics dangerous?

 Is mixing antibiotics dangerous?

A study found that use two antibiotics decreased their effectiveness much more than using just one. Find out why. See more »

Can you take ibuprofen with antibiotics?

 Can you take ibuprofen with antibiotics?

Is taking ibuprofen with antibiotics safe? Mixing medications can be tricky. Read on to learn about ibuprofen and antibiotics. See more »

Are we still discovering new antibiotics?

 Are we still discovering new antibiotics?

Are new antibiotics being developed in the fight against resistant strains of bacteria? Find out. See more »

Can antibiotics damage your eyes?

 Can antibiotics damage your eyes?

Are antibiotics bad for your eyes? Find out if antibiotics damage your vision. See more »

Do antibiotics affect your birth control?

 Do antibiotics affect your birth control?

If you're on the birth control pill and taking antibiotics, are you at risk for an unintended pregnancy? Find out. See more »

5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World

 5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World

In a post-antibiotic world, many harmful bacteria grow resistant to the drugs we've been using. Learn what a post-antibiotic world might look like. See more »

How do painkillers know where you hurt?

 How do painkillers know where you hurt?

As kids, we couldn't use big words to describe our scrapes, but we could point, and somehow the medicine knew where we hurt. It still does. How? See more »