Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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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

10/27/2014
For a Child's Fracture, Use Ibuprofen, Not Morphine: Study

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

10/22/2014
Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study Finds

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

10/20/2014
Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

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

10/7/2014
Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Even nonprescription drugs might bring on drowsiness, agency warns

9/25/2014
Common Painkillers Tied to Blood Clot Risk, Study Suggests

NSAID medicines include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen/Aleve

8/14/2014
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

8/7/2014
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

6/12/2014
Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast for Best Effect

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

6/8/2014
Sizing Up Your Options for Hay Fever Relief

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

5/3/2014
Doctors Often Suggest Pricier, Brand-Name Meds for Reflux: Study

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

4/14/2014
Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

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

4/6/2014
So Long Snow, Hello Pollen

Doctor shares tips for handling spring allergies

3/19/2014
Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

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

2/24/2014
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

2/3/2014
Ibuprofen, Aleve Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk: Study

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

1/27/2014
Hand Washing, Zinc May Ward Off Colds: Review

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

1/16/2014
FDA Warns of Fires From Wart Removers

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

1/15/2014
FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

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

1/9/2014
FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

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

12/27/2013
Counselors Give Smokers Best Chance to Quit: Study

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

12/10/2013
Acid-Reflux Drugs Tied to Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

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

11/29/2013
Tips for Being a Partner in Your Own Care

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

11/27/2013
Fizzy Drugs May Pose a High-Salt Danger, Study Suggests

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

11/21/2013
What Not to Do for Migraines

Experts issue new guidelines to avoid unnecessary tests, risky treatments

11/20/2013
Quitting Tips for Thursday's Great American Smokeout

Expert advice on motivation and methods to kick the habit

11/14/2013
FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

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

11/11/2013
Fewer ER Visits for Kids After Cold Medicine Restrictions

CDC study ties improvement to label changes, voluntary manufacturer withdrawals

11/6/2013
Acetaminophen and Alcohol a Bad Mix, Study Suggests

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

10/3/2013
After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Researchers recommend using Advil, Motrin post-op

9/19/2013
Opioids Not Winning the Battle Against Pain, Study Suggests

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

8/6/2013
Earlier Acne Outbreaks May Be Caused by Earlier Puberty: Experts

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

7/23/2013
FDA Sends Warnings to Makers of Illegal Diabetes Treatments

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

7/17/2013
Tylenol-Induced Liver Failure Presents Own Set of Problems: Study

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

4/23/2013
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

4/1/2013
FDA Gives Nod to Longer Use of Nicotine Patch, Gum

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

3/28/2013
Springtime Allergies More Severe, Last Longer Now, Experts Say

Here are tips to stifle your sniffles, sneezes

3/17/2013
Know What's in Your Child's Medications, FDA Warns

Mixing cold, allergy drugs can cause harm, agency says

2/15/2013
Hemorrhoids Are Common, Preventable and Treatable

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

2/11/2013
Vitamin D Supplements: Is What You See What You Get?

Potency of many brands is inconsistent with labels, study finds

1/30/2013
Doubling Up on Cold, Flu Remedies May Harm Liver

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

1/28/2013
Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Seniors with condition can suffer serious health problems

1/25/2013
Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Expert says NSAIDs are overused for treating kids with fever

1/11/2013
Safe Ways to Relieve Your Young Child's Flu Symptoms

Medications not intended for children younger than 4, expert says

10/31/2012
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

10/26/2012
Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

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

9/28/2012
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