Dr Lillie Rosenthal, Medical Advisory Board for MedShadow: Die-hard athletes sometimes take an Advil before, say, a long run. But that may be, at best, a waste of time and potentially harmful at worst. ‘Painkillers are a chemical Band-Aid,’ says Lillie Rosenthal, DO, a medical advisory board member at MedShadow Foundation, a nonprofit group that educates patients on long-term drug safety and efficacy. ‘You have to listen to the body and figure out the cause,’ says Dr. Rosenthal, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. – 9 Times Ibuprofen Won’t Work – and Could Be Dangerous

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Which side effects are common enough to be mentioned, and which are rare enough to be left unsaid? It’s your body, your appointment and the doctor is your consultant. Ask for the information you want. Once when my mother was visiting me, we went to a dollar store and she bought something that surprised me — a book about pills that discussed which medicines are for what conditions and what their side effects are. As soon as we got home, she pulled out the book and a pill bottle and searched the pages. She nearly wept when she read that…

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