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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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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

"Misbehaving periods" doesn't appear on any list of medication side effects, but as many women can attest, menstrual irregularities aren't uncommon when you're taking antibiotics. The culprit may not be the drugs.

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Alison Cooper

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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?

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Alison Cooper

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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.

By Alison Cooper

"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?

By Alison Cooper

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?

By Meisa Salaita

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?

By Nicholas Gerbis

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NSAIDs are drugs that are used to reduce pain and inflammation. Learn the basics about NSAIDs in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

If you stop taking hydrocodone too abruptly or decrease your dosage too rapidly, you may start having withdrawal symptoms. Learn how to identify hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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.

By Tom Scheve

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Learn about cytoprotective barrier agents, including possible side effects and drug interactions, in this article.

By Elizabeth Scherer

Your doctor may recommend an antacid to help with GERD symptoms. Learn about antacids and how they can help with GERD.

By Elizabeth Scherer

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

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"?

By Molly Edmonds

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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?

By Molly Edmonds

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.

By Molly Edmonds