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.

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Sharing Leftover Antibiotics Is a Really Bad Practice

New research from the American of Pediatrics suggests an alarming number of parents are sharing antibiotics that were originally prescribed for their children — and this is bad news for all of us.

An Aspirin a Day Could Be Harmful for Healthy Seniors

Conventional wisdom has long dictated that older people should take a small dose of aspirin each day for their cardiovascular health. A huge new drug trial disagrees.

Has Chemotherapy Gotten Easier Over the Years?

Chemotherapy was an accidental discovery from World War II. But is it any different in the 21st century?

The DEA Wants Your Old Drugs — Stat!

Have a medicine cabinet full of expired prescriptions? This weekend is the time to get rid of them.

Viagra May Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Viagra may be known mainly for treating erectile dysfunction, but it could also help prevent a deadly form of cancer.

5 Medications Prescribed for Off-label Use

Not all drugs are created equal. And not all drugs are prescribed for the particular conditions they're technically approved to treat, either. That's when they fall into the off-label category, and they're more common than you think.

New Drugs Could Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Hearing loss due to loud noise or certain medicines is irreversible, but soon we might be able to prevent hearing loss before it begins.

Ibuprofen May Be Linked to Lowered Fertility Rates

Two new studies show that regular use of ibuprofen might lower men's fertility, and even that of a woman's unborn daughter.

FDA Approves the World's First Digital Pill

The FDA has approved the first drug for use in the U.S. that includes a digital ingestion tracking system.

Why Snakebite Antivenom Is So Astronomically Expensive

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

Drug Rep Gifts Influence Doctors' Prescription Choices

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

What's the Deal With the New Statin Recommendations?

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

How Generic EpiPen Is Still Going to Make Money for Mylan

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.

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

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

New Bacteria Discovery Could Let Us Fight Cavities With Probiotic Pills

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.

How Bee Sting Therapy Works

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.

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

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?

10 Off-label Uses of Antidepressants

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

Are fish antibiotics safe for humans?

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.

Can antibiotics make you feel fatigued?

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?

How long does it take gut flora to recover from antibiotics?

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.

Is there a link between antibiotics and obesity?

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.

Why do antibiotics make you sensitive to the sun?

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?

Why do some antibiotics make your stomach upset?

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?

What are broad-spectrum antibiotics?

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.


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