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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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?

Heart Failure Medication

Among people over 65 years of age who are admitted to the hospital, heart failure is the most common diagnosis. And because the American population is aging, the number of heart failure diagnoses is increasing every year. Heart failure medication may be able to help.

Inotropic Drugs: What You Need to Know

Inotropic drugs, which are used to manage various heart conditions, alter the force of your heartbeat. How do they work, and what are some of their side effects?

Vasodilator Drugs

Vasodilator drugs help lower blood pressure by widening blood vessels. How do they work, exactly -- and are there any serious side effects?

Why are antidepressants the most prescribed drug in the U.S.?

Doctors are prescribing more antidepressant drugs than ever. What does this trend suggest? Are these drugs being overprescribed, or are patients simply more comfortable with confiding in doctors about depression?

Diuretics 101

Diuretics are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Learn about diuretics in this article and find out what conditions diuretics can treat.

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?

10 Most Profitable Drugs

We often hear that antidepressants, cholesterol medicines, blood pressure drugs and countless other prescription medications are widely used in the U.S. How do the most commonly-used prescription drugs compare in terms of sales?

How can a diet pill make you feel full?

A new diet pill is in the works that suppresses your appetite differently from most diet pills. Find out how an expanding diet pill can make you feel full.

History of Insulin

Insulin therapy is a lifesaver for those with type 1 diabetes. Learn the history of insulin, how it was first extracted, where it comes from, and which type is used today.

Blood Pressure Medications

High blood pressure is the leading cause of death among Americans. Fortunately, there are a number of blood pressure medications that can vastly reduce a patient's risk. Learn more about blood pressure medications.

Malaria Drugs

Malaria is curable with accurate diagnosis and timely treatment. Learn about the latest approaches and preventive actions you can take before you leave home.

Can Tamiflu cause psychiatric side effects?

Following more than 200 reports of strange behavior in minors taking Tamiflu, including 15 deaths, the FDA has made an addition to the drug's warning label.

How to Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug costs are out of control. But you, as a consumer, don't have to just sit back and pay them or, worse, forgo proper medical treatment. Learn how to pay less for prescription drugs.

Understanding Drug Allergies

An unexpected allergic reaction to a drug is rare, but the symptoms can be severe. Effects can range from skin rashes to hives to life-threatening reactions. The key is being informed.

OTC Painkillers Warnings

OTC painkillers come with warnings that should be taken seriously. Learn about OTC painkillers warnings in this article.

Understanding Cardiovascular Medications

Cardiovascular medications range from antianginals that pump more oxygen to the heart to vasodilators that widen blood vessels. Learn helpful information about some of the common categories for cardiovascular medications.

Understanding Medications for the Ears and Eyes

Medications for the ears and the eyes range from antibiotics and steroids for ear infections to beta blockers and carbonic anhydrate inhibitors for glaucoma. Read more information about how ear and eye prescription drugs work.

Understanding Gastrointestinal Medications

Few things are more uncomfortable than a gastrointestinal issue, whether it’s nausea, diarrhea, or an ulcer. Thankfully, there are a variety of medications designed to treat stomach and bowel problems. Learn more about gastrointestinal medications.

Understanding Hormone Medications

Hormones are substances that are produced and secreted to stimulate and regulate body functions. Hormone medications mimic the effects of naturally produced hormones. Learn about hormone medications, including oral contraceptives and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Understanding Anti-Infective Medications

If you’ve ever been given an antibiotic, such as penicillin, to treat an infection, then you’ve taken an anti-infective medication. This category of drugs also includes antivirals and vaccines. Learn about how anti-infective medications work.

Understanding Central Nervous System Medications

Central nervous system medications are used to treat the effects of a wide variety of medical conditions and diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. Learn more about how these medications work.

Understanding Respiratory Medications

Whether your problem is as minor as a cough or as serious as an asthma attack, the drug likely prescribed for you will fall under the category of respiratory medications. Learn how these medications work.

Tamiflu Overview

Some antiviral prescription drugs can lessen the severity and cut the duration of the flu as well as prevent infection if you've been exposed. Tamiflu is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs. Learn how Tamiflu works, how you take it and whether