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By Michael Bihari, MD

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  • Why Are Medications Cheaper in Canada? Created: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 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...
  • Is a Generic Version of Flomax Available? Created: Friday, December 05, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Flomax belongs to a class of medications known as alpha blockers. Is there a generic version of Flomax? Learn the answer here.
  • Age Increases Risk for Medication Side Effects Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Side effects from medications increase as we age. In older adults, changes in the body can affect the way medications are absorbed and utilized." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
  • Antidepressants: How to Choose an Antidepressant Created: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    There are more than 20 Antidepressants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All of these medications have unique side effects." itemprop="description" Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 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 h...
  • What is a Black Box Warning for a Drug? Created: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    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...
  • Osteoporosis Medications Created: Sunday, November 16, 2008 Updated: Friday, October 04, 2013
    Osteoporosis, a disease that thins and weakens the bones, can be treated with diet and medications, including bisphosphonates.
  • Is It Safe to Switch to Enalapril, the Generic Version of Vasotec? Created: Friday, October 24, 2008 Updated: Friday, October 04, 2013
    Enalapril, the generic version of Vasotec, is a widely used generic and is considered safe and effective. Is making the switch right for you?
  • Do All High Blood Pressure Medications Have Side Effects? Created: Friday, October 24, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    There are several classes of medications used to treat high blood pressure and depending on the type, have varying side effects.
  • I Have Diabetes. Why Does My Doctor Want Me to Take an ACE Inhibitor? Created: Monday, January 12, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    People with type 2 diabetes often have high blood pressure. The combination of these conditions significantly increases the risk for heart attack and stroke. People with type 2 diabetes may need to...
  • ADHD: How Can I Save Money on ADHD Medications? Created: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    ADHD is often treated with stimulants, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall. ADHD medications can be expensive, however, generic versions of many ADHD medications are available.
  • Is It Safe to Take Phenytoin, the Generic Version of Dilantin? Created: Friday, January 09, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Dilantin is commonly used to treat epilepsy. Many health plans require that people with epilepsy use phenytoin, the generic version of Dilantin. Some people with epilepsy report problems with gener...
  • Side Effects: Can I Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA? Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Side effects of medications can be serious. If you have a serious side effect or adverse event from your medication, you can report it to the FDA.
  • OxyContin: Why Is OxyContin Abused? Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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.
  • Can I Have Grapefruit Juice if I Take Plavix? Created: Sunday, November 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Plavix interacts with some medications and supplements. Plavix does not interact with grapefruit juice. Plavix is safe to take with grapefruit.
  • Is There a Safe Generic Substitute for Lipitor? Created: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Lipitor, used to treat high cholesterol, does not have a generic equivalent. Lipitor is a statin, a class of drugs used to treat high cholesterol. There are generic versions of several statins.
  • Do I Need to Take Calcium Supplements with Evista? Created: Saturday, October 18, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Evista is a type of prescription medicine called a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM). It is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis for women after menopause. Women who use Evista should t...
  • What Medications Are Used to Treat an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)? Created: Thursday, October 16, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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.
  • Osteoporosis Treatment: Is It Safe to Take Fosamax? Created: Friday, October 10, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • What Are the Side Effects of Over-the-Counter Sleeping Medications? Created: Monday, October 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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. Learn about the side effects of OTC sleep aid...
  • Can Zoloft Cause Erectile Dysfunction? Created: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Can Antidepressants Help IBS in Teens? Created: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome in teenagers may improve with the use of antidepressants, such as amitriptyline. About 14% of high school students have IBS, and antidepressants can improve their quaility ...
  • Can I Take Lipitor or Zocor with Grapefruit Juice? Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Xanax and Klonopin: What Are the Side Effects? Created: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Can I Use Vaginal Progesterone During IVF? Created: Monday, October 13, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Can Valium Interact with Zyprexa and Depakene? Created: Saturday, October 11, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Valium is prescribed to treat anxiety and can interact with medications used to treat mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Can I Drink Wine if I Take Lipitor? Created: Saturday, October 11, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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...
  • Can I split my antidepressant pills to save money? Created: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Split pills to save money. Some commonly used medications, such as statins for lowering cholesterol, antidepressants, and erectile dysfunction drugs can be split to save money.
  • Can the generic version of my medication cause side effects? Created: Friday, October 03, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Generic drugs use the same active ingredients as the brand-name version of the drug. Generic drugs must meet the same quality and safety standards as the brand-name version. The FDA requires that a...
  • Drug Dose Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    A drug dose is the specific amount of medication to be taken at a given time.
  • Brand Name Drugs Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Learn the definition of brand name drugs.
  • Levothyroxine: Is there a difference between brand name and generic versions? Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    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.

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