Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises

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

Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

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

Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

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

FDA: Supplements, Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

Combination can alter drug absorption, agency warns

For a Child's Fracture, Use Ibuprofen, Not Morphine: Study

Fewer side effects reported with the over-the-counter pain reliever

Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study Finds

Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home

Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Even nonprescription drugs might bring on drowsiness, agency warns

Common Painkillers Tied to Blood Clot Risk, Study Suggests

NSAID medicines include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen/Aleve

Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

Experts think anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin might help cancer treatments work better

U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts

Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults; experts cite easy access to prescription meds

Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast for Best Effect

Too many patients unaware that timing is key to treatment, study finds

Sizing Up Your Options for Hay Fever Relief

Newly approved meds dial down your immune system's reaction to allergens

Doctors Often Suggest Pricier, Brand-Name Meds for Reflux: Study

But store brands and generics of these OTC medications are much cheaper, researchers note

Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

People using warfarin or Xarelto should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs, study finds

So Long Snow, Hello Pollen

Doctor shares tips for handling spring allergies

Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

Interaction of two ingredients could cause serious side effects, researchers say

Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy Tied to Higher ADHD Risk in Child

Risk increases with longer use, researchers say; experts caution the finding needs verification

Ibuprofen, Aleve Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk: Study

However, NSAIDs should not be taken in third trimester of pregnancy, authors advise

Hand Washing, Zinc May Ward Off Colds: Review

Meanwhile, antihistamines, decongestants, pain relievers might help treat them, researcher reports

FDA Warns of Fires From Wart Removers

Don't use flammable products near candles, hair appliances, agency says

FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage from accidental overdoses

FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products

Counselors Give Smokers Best Chance to Quit: Study

Nicotine replacement treatment alone doesn't improve odds of kicking the habit, researchers found

Acid-Reflux Drugs Tied to Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

Study found risk of deficiency rose with longer use, higher doses

Tips for Being a Partner in Your Own Care

Preparation, communication between patient and doctor are key, expert says

Fizzy Drugs May Pose a High-Salt Danger, Study Suggests

One day's dose of Alka-Seltzer exceeds recommended total intake of salt

What Not to Do for Migraines

Experts issue new guidelines to avoid unnecessary tests, risky treatments

Quitting Tips for Thursday's Great American Smokeout

Expert advice on motivation and methods to kick the habit

FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Agency asks for labeling, packaging changes to minimize chance of infection

Fewer ER Visits for Kids After Cold Medicine Restrictions

CDC study ties improvement to label changes, voluntary manufacturer withdrawals

Acetaminophen and Alcohol a Bad Mix, Study Suggests

Nearly half who drank while taking the pain reliever reported kidney disease

After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Researchers recommend using Advil, Motrin post-op

Opioids Not Winning the Battle Against Pain, Study Suggests

More powerful painkillers prescribed, but they may not work better than safer alternatives

Earlier Acne Outbreaks May Be Caused by Earlier Puberty: Experts

New guidelines released to help doctors treat younger patients age-appropriately

FDA Sends Warnings to Makers of Illegal Diabetes Treatments

Products make false claims, could be unsafe and may delay proven therapies, agency says

Tylenol-Induced Liver Failure Presents Own Set of Problems: Study

Poorer mental, physical health reported by overdose survivors compared to other liver failure patients

Many Parents Give Kids Cold Medicines When They Shouldn't, Survey Finds

They often miss fine print on the label warning against use in children younger than 4 years old

FDA Gives Nod to Longer Use of Nicotine Patch, Gum

Little danger of addiction or abuse seen after years on the market

Springtime Allergies More Severe, Last Longer Now, Experts Say

Here are tips to stifle your sniffles, sneezes

Know What's in Your Child's Medications, FDA Warns

Mixing cold, allergy drugs can cause harm, agency says

Hemorrhoids Are Common, Preventable and Treatable

They're the U.S. health subject most searched for online, FDA reports

Vitamin D Supplements: Is What You See What You Get?

Potency of many brands is inconsistent with labels, study finds

Doubling Up on Cold, Flu Remedies May Harm Liver

More than 600 prescription and over-the-counter meds contain acetaminophen, FDA experts say

Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Seniors with condition can suffer serious health problems

Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Expert says NSAIDs are overused for treating kids with fever

Safe Ways to Relieve Your Young Child's Flu Symptoms

Medications not intended for children younger than 4, expert says

Boys More Prone to OTC Drug Abuse Than Girls, Study Suggests

Survey of Cincinnati teens shows 10 percent use over-the-counter meds, like cough syrup, to get high

Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Even ingesting tiny amounts of over-the-counter drops, sprays can have serious effects

Melatonin May Improve Sleep for People on Blood-Pressure Meds

In small study, patients on beta blockers gained about half-hour of sleep when taking supplement