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By Michael Bihari, MD

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  • Can I Take Aspirin and Ibuprofen Together? Created: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
    Aspirin is used by many people at risk to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Ibuprofen is commonly used for pain relief, especially for people with arthritis. Ibuprofen may interfere with the heart protection properties of aspirin.
  • Can I Drink Wine if I Take Lipitor? Created: Saturday, October 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Lipitor, in some people, can cause liver damage, which can be made worse by drinking alcohol. Drinking in moderation may be acceptable for people who take Lipitor as long as their liver function te...
  • Do All High Blood Pressure Medications Have Side Effects? Created: Friday, October 24, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    There are several classes of medications used to treat high blood pressure and depending on the type, have varying side effects.
  • How Can I Withdraw from Vicodin? Created: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Vicodin can be addicting if used for a long period of time. Vicodin can cause a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Is It Safe With Your Drug? Created: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Americans drink more than 164 million gallons of grapefruit juice every year. However, more than 50 prescription and OTC drugs interact with grapefruit juice with the risk of serious side effects. ...
  • Can I Take Lipitor or Zocor with Grapefruit Juice? Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Statins such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Mevacor can interact with grapefruit juice. If you drink grapefruit juice while taking these statins, too much of the drug may enter your blood stream, which cou...
  • Levothyroxine: Is there a difference between brand name and generic versions? Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    What are the differences between Synthroid and levothyroxine, both of which are used as thyroid treatments? Learn what could happen when you switch between these hypothyrodism drugs.
  • Black Box Warnings Created: Monday, July 14, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Black box warnings, also known as black label warnings or boxed warnings, are named for the black border surrounding the text of the warning that appears on the package insert and label that descri...
  • What Medications Are Used to Treat an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)? Created: Thursday, October 16, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    BPH medications - There are two types of medications used to treat an enlarged prostate (a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
  • Erectile Dysfunction Created: Monday, January 19, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection. Learn about what causes impotence and how it's diagnosed and treated." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
  • Drug Dose Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    A drug dose is the specific amount of medication to be taken at a given time.
  • OxyContin: Why Is OxyContin Abused? Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    OxyContin is a widely used prescription pain killer. OxyContin is a popular street drug because of its ability to induce a quick heroin-like high.
  • Online Drugstores - Are they Safe? Created: Friday, August 22, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Online pharmacies can provide you with an easy way to buy medications at a more affordable price. Online drugstores are convenient if you live in a rural area, do not drive, or if you are disabled,...
  • Drug Classes Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Learn the meaning of the medication term drug classes, from your About.com Guide to Drugs.
  • Osteoporosis Treatment: Is It Safe to Take Fosamax? Created: Friday, October 10, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Fosamax is frequently used to treat or prevent osteoporosis. Doctors are not sure how long someone should take Fosamax. Fosamax has side effects and in a few people may cause osteonecrosis of the j...
  • Hypothyrodism: Can Synthroid Cause Hair Loss? Created: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Synthroid may be associated with hair loss if your thyroid disease is not being well controlled. It is not the Synthroid per se, it’s that you may not be getting enough of the Synthroid or yo...
  • Extended-release Medication Created: Friday, August 22, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Learn the meaning of the medication term extended-release medication, from your About.com Expert to Drugs.
  • Can I Use Vaginal Progesterone During IVF? Created: Monday, October 13, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    Progesterone is an essential part of fertility treatment. Progesterone prepares the lining of the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg. Progesterone is used as part of in vitro fertilization...
  • Calcium Supplements - What to Look for in a Calcium Supplement Created: Thursday, October 02, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    Calcium supplements may be important for you if you do not get enough calcium in your diet. Calcium supplements help replace calcium lost from body and help prevent osteoporosis."
  • Drug Interactions: Reducing Your Risk Created: Saturday, May 17, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    Drug interactions occur when one drug interferes with another drug that you are taking or when your medications interact with what you eat or drink. Drug interactions can make your medications les...
  • What You Need to Know About Using a Nasal Spray Created: Thursday, July 31, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014
    Nasal sprays are used to deliver medications into your nostrils. Nasal sprays are often used to treat allergies and colds. Nasal sprays are available by prescription and over the counter."
  • Erectile Dysfunction and Your Medications Created: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Erectile dysfunction can be caused by many medications and drugs of abuse. Common medications used to treat depression and hypertension can cause erectile dysfunction. Up to 25% of erectile dysfunc...
  • How to Use Oral Medications Created: Monday, July 07, 2008 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    The most common way people take medications is orally (by mouth). Oral medications can be swallowed, chewed or placed under the tongue to dissolve." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
  • Side Effects - What You Need to Know Created: Monday, May 12, 2008 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Some side effects may be severe, while others may be mild and of little concern. Learn about the most common drug side effects, what to ask your healthcare provider, and where to find specific info...
  • Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids: Learn about OTC Sleep Medication Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Sleep aids are available over the counter (OTC) for the temporary relief of mild sleeping problems. Buying and using OTC sleep aids can be challenging." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Oral Medications to Treat Diabetes Created: Thursday, November 20, 2008 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    There are seven types of oral diabetes medications to treat type 2 diabetes. Because of the large number of medications available to treat type 2 diabetes, you may be confused about which medicatio...
  • Online Pharmacies: How Can I Find an Online Pharmacy That Is Honest? Created: Monday, August 25, 2008 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Online pharmacies can be legitimate businesses. Some online pharmacies are fraudulent or disreputable and may sell you medications illegally. An online pharmacy may not follow proper procedures for...
  • Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs Created: Friday, August 08, 2008 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Proper disposal of drugs is important for the environment. Learn how to properly dispose of your drugs." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014
    Canadian drugs are cheaper than in the U.S., especially for newer brand name drugs. Canadian drugs are less expensive for many reasons, including government controls, drug formulary restrictions, l...
  • Valium: Is It Safe to Take the Generic Version of Valium? Created: Monday, December 29, 2008 Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014
    The brand name version of Valium is expensive and often not covered by insurance. Diazepam is much less expensive and is as effective as the brand name.
  • Xanax and Klonopin: What Are the Side Effects? Created: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014
    Xanax and Klonopin belong to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines. Xanax and Klonopin are used to treat people with anxiety and panic disorder. Xanax and Klonopin side effects such as da...
  • Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know Created: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
    Insulin may be used to treat type 2 diabetes that is not well controlled on oral medications. Insulin can be injected using a needle and syringe, an insulin jet injector, or an insulin pump."

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