The number of people in the US diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is rapidly rising and there are many different kind of medications, besides insulin, to treat it. How can you figure out which one might be best for you in consultation with your doctor?
Evidence supports the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins for lowering your risk of a heart attack or stroke. But does that mean you should take one?
Do you take 4 pills a day? If so, you’re like most Americans. Yet what are we taking all these pills for, and are they improving our lives?
The overuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem in the US. We hear about this most in the context of Continue Reading →
The FDA’s Sentinel Initiative launched 10 years ago to monitor the safety of drugs after they hit the market. Why has the system largely been a disappointment?
New treatment guidelines strongly recommend that people with back pain first try non-drug measures such as yoga and exercise before resorting to medication.
Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee to become the next FDA commissioner, has strong ties to industry and has favored faster approval of drugs. What can we expect if he is confirmed?
Many people with insomnia take drugs to sleep well. But long-term relief may come through cognitive behavioral therapy, which doesn’t have any side effects.
Not all prescription drugs are created equal. Some work better than others. Some are riskier than others. Some probably shouldn’t even be on the market.
And, of course, some are way more expensive than others.
In the world of medicines to treat cancer, these statements have special resonance. Few areas Continue Reading →
Pharmaceutical companies want to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs for unapproved uses, a move that is wrong and potentially dangerous for patients.
Try non-drug therapies such as yoga, exercise or stress reduction for fibromyalgia first. If medication is necessary, generic drugs tend to be more effective than brand-name ones for the condition.
It may have happened to you: A doctor prescribes a drug without telling you much about it, and you pick it up at the pharmacy. Curious, you go online and discover the drug is approved and commonly used for another disease or condition, but there’s no mention of your condition.
A group of medicines that became wildly popular over the past 20 years ended up posing serious dangers to some of the people who took them and to public health.
But they also helped millions of people get a little bit more sleep.
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