Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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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

9/8/2015
Kids' ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

Education, prevention messages, safer packaging may be working, CDC says

8/18/2015
Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

Prescription drugs are still effective, however

7/15/2015
Antidepressant, Painkiller Combo May Raise Risk of Brain Bleed

Be cautious about taking both together, researcher says

6/17/2015
Most Children With Migraines Don't Get Proven Treatments: Study

Nearly half don't get any pain relievers at all, researcher adds

6/10/2015
Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack

But don't stop taking proton pump inhibitors based on this study, expert says

4/27/2015
Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

Study finds odds as much as 30 times higher, even years later

4/24/2015
Daily Aspirin Taken by More Than Half of Older U.S. Adults

Usage doesn't always comply with national guidelines

4/20/2015
Swallowing Pills? Children Can Learn How

Five strategies were identified that help get the medicine down

4/15/2015
Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness?

In study, people showed more muted responses to photos after taking pill best known as Tylenol

4/8/2015
Cheap Allergy Drug May Hold Potential as Hepatitis C Treatment

Lab tests suggest over-the-counter antihistamine could offer alternative to pricey new drugs

4/1/2015
Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis

Review of 13 trials finds little effect for drug best recognized as Tylenol

3/30/2015
Milliliter-Only Dosing Recommended for Kids' Meds

Using metrics, not teaspoons, reduces medication errors, American Academy of Pediatrics says

3/27/2015
Avoid Medication Overdoses in Children

Expert offers tips for keeping kids safe

3/17/2015
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some

Genetics might be key to the anti-cancer benefits of drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, study finds

3/3/2015
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

But more research is needed before scientists say anticholinergics cause the infection

3/3/2015
Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?

Analysis of research says it's 'not a benign drug' if used long term and in larger doses

2/24/2015
Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study

If you're taking anti-clotting drugs, you should avoid meds like ibuprofen and Celebrex, doctors say

2/4/2015
Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Class of drugs interferes with a key brain chemical, but study can't prove cause-and-effect

1/26/2015
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

1/6/2015
Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

Injections were rated slightly more effective at fighting pain than pills

12/26/2014
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays

Include prescription drugs, as well as OTC remedies for common problems, expert advises

12/18/2014
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say

11/26/2014
Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises

Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care

11/25/2014
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut

11/5/2014
Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

Celebrex and other COX-2 inhibitors should be prescribed with care, experts say

11/4/2014
FDA: Supplements, Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

Combination can alter drug absorption, agency warns