Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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7/29/2012
Teething Baby? Avoid Benzocaine, FDA Says

This over-the-counter anesthetic can lead to a deadly condition in children

7/13/2012
7/5/2012
Health Tip: Giving Your Child Medicine

Make sure you read the label first

7/3/2012
FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

Experts say it could reduce the number of Americans who are unaware of their HIV status

6/8/2012
Tylenol Overdose Can Be Deadly for a Child

Doctors, pharmacists urged to educate parents about possible hazards

6/5/2012
Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Risks Seem to Outweigh Gains for Many: Study

Cases of gastrointestinal, cerebral bleeding higher than expected, except for diabetics

6/1/2012
Many Americans Taking Too Much Acetaminophen

Study finds many people take 8 to 12 capsules daily, putting them at risk for liver damage

5/29/2012
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Skin Cancer: Study

Over-the-counter, prescription 'NSAID' meds appeared to lower risk in Danish patients

5/23/2012
Patients May Receive Too Much Acetaminophen in Hospital

Use of drugs such as Tylenol, Percocet can exceed recommended daily dose, study finds

5/22/2012
Body Building, Diet Supplements Linked to Liver Damage: Study

These products could provide a target for regulation, researchers say

5/14/2012
Sleepwalking in Adults More Common Than Thought

Large study found nearly 4 percent wander at night, often tied to mental woes

5/11/2012
Only Half of Meds Taken by Kids Have 'Adequate' Safety Info: Study

Medications used in newborns especially under-studied, doctor says

5/9/2012
IUDs Work as Emergency Contraceptive: Review

The devices, used this way for 35 years, are safe, more effective than 'morning-after' pill

5/7/2012
Zinc Pills May Shorten Colds, Analysis Suggests

But, benefits are slight and side effects are reported, researchers say

4/30/2012
Parents' Poor Math Skills May = Medication Errors

27 percent of study participants had math skills at the third-grade level or below

4/23/2012
Migraine Guidelines: What Works, What Doesn't

Too few sufferers use preventive medications, doctors say

4/12/2012
Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Remedies Don't Work: Report

Mild reactions might not call for tablets or creams

4/6/2012
Planning Pregnancy May Cut Birth Defects

Timing allows changes or adjustments in risky medications, experts say

3/30/2012
Warm Weather Triggers Early Allergy Season

Sneezing isn't the only concern, with ticks and mosquitoes already active

3/20/2012
Ibuprofen May Ward Off Altitude Sickness

Hikers who took the medication were less likely to have symptoms of 'acute mountain sickness'

1/9/2012
FDA Warns of Painkiller Mix-Up at Nebraska Plant

Small chance that prescription narcotic painkillers, over-the-counter meds were mingled together

12/21/2011
Limit Cold Medications During Pregnancy, Experts Advise

Some over-the-counter drug ingredients have not been well-studied for use by pregnant women

11/23/2011
Too Much Acetaminophen Over Time May Damage Liver

'Staggered overdoses' are difficult for doctors to spot, researchers say

11/7/2011
Experts Debate Tylenol's Safety for Asthmatic Kids

Past research has linked fever-reducing drug to asthma flares

11/3/2011
Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure

With people taking growing numbers of drugs, risks are multiplying, experts warn

10/25/2011
Health Tip: Alcohol Can Interact With Medications

Here's a partial list of examples

10/17/2011
It's Easy to Mistake Medicine for Candy

In study run by 2 elementary school kids, tots and teachers got mixed up 20% of the time

10/7/2011
5/10/2011
Chronic Tylenol Use May Be Linked to Blood Cancer, Study Suggests

Taking it most days of the week for years might increase risk, researchers say

5/9/2011
After Heart Attack, Certain Painkillers May Raise Risk for Recurrence

Even a week's worth of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could be hazardous, study finds

5/5/2011
Drugmakers to End Infant Formulas of Products With Acetaminophen

Goal is to reduce chances of overdosing on the painkiller

5/4/2011
FDA Issues Guidelines for Liquid OTC Medicines

Big part of the goal is to make sure children get products in the right doses

5/3/2011
U.S. Officials Take Aim at Questionable STD Products

Makers of preparations claiming to prevent, treat sexually transmitted infections warned by FDA, FTC

5/3/2011
Many Consumers Don't Know What's in Over-the-Counter Painkillers: Study

Lack of knowledge about active ingredients may up the risk of overdose, researchers say

4/25/2011
Common Painkillers May Blunt Antidepressants

Drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin may make Prozac, other SSRIs less effective, researchers say

3/2/2011
Ibuprofen Linked to Lower Parkinson's Disease Risk

New research strengthens association, but more study is needed, experts say

1/21/2011
Pain Patches Making Gains in U.S.

Advocates say option offers convenience, fewer side effects, more consistent relief

1/13/2011
FDA Lowers Amount of Acetaminophen Allowed in Prescription Painkillers

Agency officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage

1/12/2011
Certain Painkillers Appear to Boost Odds for Heart Attack

But absolute risk from NSAIDs is small and doesn't outweigh benefits for many patients, expert says

11/5/2010
Health Tip: Don't Mix Alcohol and Drugs

Particularly these over-the-counter meds, supplements

6/25/2010
Outdated Meds Pose Problems If Kept or Tossed

Health, environmental experts suggest safe disposal methods

4/21/2010
New Form of Painkiller May Fight Colon Cancer

Lab tests suggest that variation of naproxen might nip cancer in the bud, expert says

2/17/2010
Ibuprofen May Help Stave Off Parkinson's

Finding suggests need to look closer at the disease as inflammatory, expert says

2/6/2010
Spectators Need to Prepare for Olympic Games, Too

Health experts urge travelers to take steps to prevent illness

2/3/2010
Tylenol May Protect Kidneys After Severe Muscle Damage

Treatment prevented organ failure in injured rats, study found

1/15/2010
Tylenol Recall Expands to Include Other OTC Meds

FDA criticizes manufacturer for slow reaction to consumer complaints

1/4/2010
Using Kitchen Spoons Ups Risk of Dosing Errors

Researchers recommend sticking with measuring devices that come with medicines

12/24/2009
Tylenol May Ease Headaches and Heartaches

Study suggests over-the-counter painkiller relieves psychological pain

12/14/2009
Marijuana Use No Longer Dropping Among U.S. Teens

Federal report cites lower rates for meth and smoking, but concerns about prescription abuse

12/2/2009
Zegerid OTC Approved for Frequent Heartburn

In original prescription formula