Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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11/16/2017
11/8/2017
11/2/2017
10/30/2017
10/23/2017
Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers?

Acetaminophen during surgery might reduce common complication, study says

8/7/2017
What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds

Many cold, cough and headache remedies contain carbs, and as much alcohol as glass of beer or wine, pharmacist says

8/3/2017
Americans Taking More Prescription Drugs Than Ever: Survey

Consumer Reports says many may be doing more harm than good

7/23/2017
A Reminder That Meds and Grapefruit Don't Always Mix

Could be a dangerous combination, depending on the drug

7/17/2017
Some Medicines Boost Sensitivity to Sun

When taking medication, check with pharmacist to see if sun exposure is an issue

7/10/2017
Medication Mistakes Have Doubled in U.S. Since 2000: Study

Poison control centers get one call every 21 seconds about a potentially serious mix-up

6/14/2017
A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Over-the-counter relief is an option, but a prescription may be needed for severe allergies

6/14/2017
Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study

But absolute risk is low, researcher says

5/10/2017
Common Painkillers Tied to Slight Rise in Heart Attack Risk

Over-the-counter drugs like Aleve and Advil linked to higher odds, researchers say

4/27/2017
April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Safe disposal helps prevent unwanted meds from being abused, U.S. officials say

4/17/2017
What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?

Wealth of options may leave moms and dads wondering which kind and how much to give, survey finds

3/20/2017
Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids

Tips for proper storage and disposal to help prevent accidental poisonings

3/2/2017
How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

Study finds amount can vary widely depending on the brand of sleep aid, with implications for health

2/20/2017
Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

Odds of overdose more than double if parent takes powerful narcotic instead of milder pain med, study finds

2/2/2017
Common Painkillers Don't Ease Back Pain, Study Finds

Patients who took NSAIDs were also 2.5 times more likely to suffer gastrointestinal side effects

1/24/2017
'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

The supplements linked to muscle pain, other adverse effects similar to statins

1/5/2017
Heartburn Drugs May Raise Risk of Stomach Infections: Study

Suggests long-term use of acid suppressors might open door to C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria

12/29/2016
Many Misuse OTC Sleep Aids: Survey

Consumer Reports finds the non-prescription drugs are taken for periods far longer than their intended use

12/19/2016
Everyday Pain Relievers May Be Linked to Hearing Loss in Some Women

But degree of impairment tied to acetaminophen and ibuprofen was modest, researchers say

11/22/2016
These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

CDC cites blood thinners, antibiotics, diabetes drugs for nearly half of adverse drug-related events

11/15/2016
Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?

Researchers concerned about high doses of meds like Nexium and Prilosec

10/13/2016
Health Tip: Need Pain Relief?

OTC meds may be just what the doctor ordered

9/24/2016
How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions

Taking multiple medications and supplements could cause serious problems, FDA warns

9/12/2016
Dosing Errors Common With Kids' Liquid Meds

Parents make fewer mistakes using oral syringes compared to cups, study finds

8/30/2016
Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Understand what you're reading

8/15/2016
Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Up Risk of ADHD in Kids

But only association found, and researchers say women should still take the painkiller if needed

7/8/2016
FDA OKs Non-Prescription Use of Acne Drug

Differin Gel 0.1% is first retinoid medication approved for over-the-counter use

6/6/2016
Beware of Bleeding Risks With Antacids Containing Aspirin

Alka Seltzer, Bromo Seltzer among over-the-counter products vulnerable patients should avoid, FDA says

5/10/2016
Clues to How Popular Heartburn Drug Might Harm Arteries

Prior research has also raised concerns about Nexium and heart health

5/5/2016
Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

Trend is increasing among those who can't get opioid prescription painkillers, experts say

5/3/2016
Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do

Check for local take-back events, or contact the DEA for collection locations

4/19/2016
Can Certain Allergy Meds Worsen Restless Legs Syndrome?

Some over-the-counter antihistamines might cause painful sensations that disrupt sleep, expert says

4/14/2016
Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease in Study

But finding can't show whether drugs are directly responsible

4/12/2016
Allergy Med Might Also Fight MS-Linked Eye Damage

Vision improvement with clemastine fumarate appears modest but results are promising, researcher says

3/30/2016
Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

Death rate from procedure lower than previously reported, study finds

3/21/2016
60,000 U.S. Kids Treated for Accidental Medicine Poisoning a Year

Toddlers account for 7 out of 10 cases, report says

3/21/2016
1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study

Researchers say patients should tell doctors every treatment they're taking

3/18/2016
Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

Prescription diclofenac a more effective choice for short-term pain relief, researchers say

2/10/2016
Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

But the effect was small and experts say there's no reason to switch to other painkillers

1/25/2016
Many Chronic Pain Sufferers May Overuse Nonprescription Painkillers

They run risk of stomach bleeds, ulcers, liver damage from meds, doctors say

1/13/2016
Acetaminophen Tops List of Accidental Infant Poisonings

Other common dangers included cough/cold meds, ibuprofen and diaper rash creams, data shows

1/13/2016
Male Sexual Enhancement Supplements Often Ineffective, Possibly Harmful: Study

Many contain potentially risky ingredient found in drugs like Viagra, researchers add

11/24/2015
Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

But treating skin condition is still best approach, expert says

11/12/2015
Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise Against Macular Degeneration

But more research needed to confirm beneficial effects on vision disorder

10/20/2015
Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study

Plus, this medication isn't addictive, expert says

9/30/2015
Added Calcium May Not Help Older Bones: Studies

Researchers find no evidence that boosting intake will prevent fractures