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Lyrica No More Effective for Sciatica Than Placebo

March 27, 2017
Lyrica No More Effective for Sciatica Than Placebo

Patients who took Lyrica, however, experienced many more side effects, especially dizziness.

Quick Hits: Pricey Cholesterol Drug and CV Risk, New Parkinson’s Treatment & More

March 23, 2017
Quick Hits: Pricey Cholesterol Drug and CV Risk, New Parkinson’s Treatment & More

Cardiovascular benefit of expensive cholesterol drug modest and new Parkinson’s drug approved for “off” episodes.

Steroid Injections Provide No Long-Term Relief for Lower Back Pain

March 22, 2017
Steroid Injections Provide No Long-Term Relief for Lower Back Pain

Steroid injections are only effective for short-term relief of lower back pain.

Fish Oil Pills May Cut Death Risk, But Only for Certain Patients

March 21, 2017
Fish Oil Pills May Cut Death Risk, But Only for Certain Patients

Fish oil pills may help to reduce to risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but only in patients that have had a heart attack or heart failure.

Drug Side Effects Reported to FDA Skyrocket

March 20, 2017
Drug Side Effects Reported to FDA Skyrocket

The number of side effects related to drugs has increased nearly five-fold since 2004.

Quick Hits: Exercise Eases Chemo Side Effects, Combining Opioids and Benzodiazepines & More

March 16, 2017
Quick Hits: Pricey Cholesterol Drug and CV Risk, New Parkinson’s Treatment & More

Exercise may lessen side effects associated with chemo and why not to mix opioid painkillers and a type of sedative.

Premature Birth Drug Has No Benefit, But Serious Side Effect

March 15, 2017
Premature Birth Drug Has No Benefit, But Serious Side Effect

An expensive drug used to lessen the likelihood of premature birth not only lacks efficacy, but had a serious side effect.