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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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.

What happens if you miss a dose of antibiotics?

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.

Do antibiotics interact with dairy?

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.

Should you take antibiotics and probiotics at the same time?

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?

Is mixing antibiotics dangerous?

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.

Can you take ibuprofen with antibiotics?

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.

Are we still discovering new antibiotics?

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.

Can antibiotics damage your eyes?

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.

Do antibiotics affect your birth control?

"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?

5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World

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?

How do painkillers know where you hurt?

As children, we couldn't use fancy words to describe our scrapes, but we could point and wince, and somehow the medicine knew where we hurt. It still does. How?

What are cortisone shots?

Cortisone shots are injections given to reduce swelling and pain. Learn more about corticosteroids in this article.

What is super aspirin?

"Super aspirin" is a new type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Learn more about super aspirins in this article.

10 Types of Heart Drugs

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of people in the United States. A diagnosis of heart disease doesn't spell out certain doom, however. Exercise and a healthy diet are one way to fight it, and fortunately, nowdays there are many safe and effective drug treatments as well.

Psychosomatic Medicine

Psychosomatic Medicine, a medical approach that emphasizes mental factors as a cause of disease.

Zyloprim Overview

Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton all had something in common: gout. How does a drug named Zyloprim ease this "disease of kings"?

Lipozene: What You Need to Know

Imagine just being able to indulge in a pill that will make you small enough to fit into a bikini -- without having to trudge to the gym. Does a drug called Lipozene do the trick, or is too good to be true?

Cymbalta: What You Need to Know

Depression is tough. It affects your mood, your relationships -- and your body. For some people, depression is also a source of physical pain. That's where Cymbalta comes in.

Lipitor: What You Need to Know

The bigger the better? Not when we're talking bad-cholesterol numbers. The drug Lipitor takes that number way down. How does a little pill pack such a punch?

Drug Pictures

With drug pictures learn about the most used, most addictive and most controversial drugs on the market. Take a look at drug pictures to learn more.

What are statins?

Statins fight that ugly villain -- cholesterol. And they fight that foe well. But do these drugs pose adverse side effects? Some doctors fear they cause memory loss in certain patients.

Why is aspirin good for your heart?

Lots of folks take a daily aspirin to lower their risk of getting heart disease. How does this little white pill help prevent blood clots from forming?

Commonly Confused Medications

Some medications have similar names, but are used for very different purposes. Check out the list that we have gathered for you here.

Top 10 Weirdest Prescription Drug Side Effects

Rainbow-colored pee? No, you're not crazy -- it could be a side effect of a medication you're taking. What's the weirdest thing a drug can do?


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