Medications

There are medications for just about anything, whether it's a headache or something more serious. Get informed about prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medicine.


A single vial of snakebite antivenom can run thousands of dollars. Why? It actually has little to do with the production process.

A new study found gifts from pharmaceutical reps could be influencing the prescribing behavior of doctors.

New U.S. government guidelines say that everyone 40-75 should be screened for high cholesterol and more should receive statins. Not everyone agrees.

In a highly unusual move, Mylan is knocking off its own EpiPen with a cheaper, generic version of the device. It's not the first time a company has done this.

The current U.S. recommendation is to get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Will this new study change CDC guidelines?

It used to an apple that kept doctors away, but researchers have found a Streptococcus strain we could recruit to fight for us against its cavity-causing cousin.

Bee stings hurt, so it seems like an odd proposition to get them on purpose. Believe it or not, the venom that makes that sting may also benefit humans in therapy.

Sometimes it's a lot easier to just take that expired cold medicine than run out to the drugstore when you're feeling sick. But are those expired meds even working? Or, worse, are they causing you harm?

There's an assortment of medications on the market to treat depression. But many of them are also effective for managing other health issues.

Doomsday preppers recommend stocking up for the collapse of civilization -- and that includes antibiotics. But if you're getting them without a prescription, you're getting the veterinary kind.

When you're sick, sleep is one of the best things you can do to get better. But when you're several days into your antibiotics and still dragging, what's the cause: your illness or its cure?

Antibiotics save lives. But broad-spectrum antibiotics can really do a number on the delicate ecosystem in your intestines -- and the recovery time may surprise you.

The more we study obesity, the clearer it becomes that the condition is not always as simple as too many calories and not enough movement. There's a new area that researchers are studying to understand the causes of obesity: antibiotics.

Once you've gotten a sunburn during a course of antibiotics, you'll never forget the SPF again. But why would they lead to a burn in the first place?

Antibiotics are great at curing infections. But some are also great at upsetting your stomach and causing diarrhea. Which ones do we need to watch out for?

With some infections, it's hard to tell what may be causing your illness. And if it's serious, there's no time to wait for test results. Enter the broad-spectrum antibiotic -- and the problems it brings with it.

Humans tend to be forgetful when it comes to things that don't really interest us. Where did we put our keys? Did we take that last dose of antibiotics? We don't know about your keys, but we can help you with the penicillin question.

Some medications are high-maintenance about what foods you pair them with. A commonly prescribed heart drug, for example, can't be with black licorice. There are also certain antibiotics that just don't go well with a glass of milk.

Some antibiotics are a little too good at cleansing your system. As in, you might find yourself literally running to the bathroom to deal with the side effects. Can probiotics solve the problem?

A study found that antibiotic prescriptions as we know them are no match for the replicative power of drug-resistant bacteria -- and that combining them can actually make things much worse.

Mixing medications is always tricky – the last thing you want is a cocktail of side effects that makes you feel sick. But fear not! There's really only one class of antibiotics to watch out for when it comes to adding pain relief.

A crisis requires immediate and decisive action. But in the case of finding new antibiotics to combat resistant strains of bacteria, there's been little progress. Let's find out why.

Some antibiotics cause red, itchy or dry eyes (or all three), but the majority of infection-killers aren't known for their vision side effects. There is one big exception, however, and doctors prescribe these drugs far more often than they should.

"Better safe than sorry" is a dubious maxim when applied to medication prescriptions. If you're on the pill and holding a script for penicillin, just how worried should you be about an unintended pregnancy?

You know how bad guys never die in horror movies? Bacteria are rapidly becoming like that. So how do we wipe out bacteria and the resulting infections without antibiotics?