Over-The-Counter Drugs Health News

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11/10/2009
Early Use of NSAIDs Might Prevent Alzheimer's

Study in mice finds anti-inflammatories don't help those with existing disease

10/4/2009
As TV Drug Ads Increase, So Do Concerns

Experts question commercials' value to patients and health-care system overall

10/2/2009
Drug Combo May Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes

'Inexpensive, well-proven medications' could have huge impact, expert says

9/28/2009
Many Kids Suffer Medication Side Effects: Study

Adverse drug reactions cause more than half a million outpatient visits a year, researchers find

8/25/2009
FDA Investigating Weight-Loss Drug Over Reports of Liver Damage

32 cases reported since orlistat came on market in 1999

8/21/2009
Medication Review May Help With Heart Failure

Hospitalizations decline when doctors, pharmacists collaborate, study finds

8/18/2009
Ibuprofen Rated Best for Pain of Broken Arms

Study finds kids don't do as well when given acetaminophen with codeine

7/9/2009
Questions to Pharmacists Rise After Michael Jackson's Death

Consumers more alert to overdose risks from prescription drugs, survey suggests

7/2/2009
If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

Other options, available and in the pipeline, could plug a Percocet-Vicodin gap, experts say

6/21/2009
Painkillers May Be Good for the Prostate

Yet medical experts stress that men shouldn't take them with just this in mind

6/16/2009
FDA Issues Warning for Over-the-Counter Cold Remedy

Zicam nasal products can cause loss of smell, officials stress

5/26/2009
Acid-Suppressing Meds May Boost Pneumonia Risks

Routine use in hospitalized patients should be re-evaluated, experts say

5/26/2009
Parents Often Puzzled by Medicine Labels

Study finds that whether a drug is OK for a certain age is often misunderstood

5/12/2009
Health Tip: Taking an Antacid

What you should know before you use one

5/8/2009
Health Tip: Manage Medications Safely

Suggestions for storing, scheduling them

5/7/2009
New Guidelines Recommend Opioids for Seniors' Pain

NSAID use for persistent aches needs to be curbed, Geriatrics Society says

4/22/2009
Painkillers May Not Protect Against Dementia

Contrary to prior research, study finds older people taking NSAIDs more likely to suffer decline

4/21/2009
Experts Highlight Inroads to Preventing Cancer

Folic acid supplements, smoking and genetics are among research targets

3/30/2009
Labels on OTC Painkillers Need Improvement

Study found safety warnings for kids were missed, could be more prominent

12/23/2008
Drug Combinations Putting Seniors at Risk

Mixing prescription, nonprescription meds poses dangers, researchers say

11/28/2008
Health Tip: Medications and Pregnancy

Common drugs that may not be safe for baby

5/12/2008
Health Tip: Using Hair Dyes

Follow safety steps to reduce risks

5/5/2008
Ethnicity Plays Role in Parents' Treatment of Childhood Fever

Hispanics had the highest 'fever phobia,' study finds

4/27/2008
Elderly More Likely to Battle Sleep Disorders

Meds they take, changes in biological clock put many at risk for serious disease

4/25/2008
Omega-3 Benefits for Bipolar Disorder Remain Unclear

Review finds patients had less severe depression but no change in mania symptoms

4/17/2008
Common Medications May Harm Memory in Older People

Those on anticholinergic drugs had sharper declines in thinking skills, study finds

4/17/2008
Overuse of Opioids, Barbiturates Boosts Chronic Migraine Risk

Self-treating headaches with these drugs doubles chance of having chronic episodes

4/6/2008
Painkillers Boost Muscle Mass Among Weight-Training Elderly

Daily dose of ibuprofen, acetaminophen upped growth by 40% to 60%, study found

4/3/2008
Genetic Disorder May Hold Key to Heat Stroke Cure

Some antioxidants may protect people like athletes, soldiers from fatal temperature rise

3/4/2008
Price Plays Part in Perceived Power of Medication

People report cheap drugs are less effective, researchers find

2/21/2008
Taking Multiple Pain Relievers May Cause Complications

Dual use of prescription, over-the-counter drugs raises risk of adverse side effects

1/28/2008
Cold Meds Send 7,000 U.S. Kids to ER Each Year

Most cases due to accidental ingestion, study finds

1/22/2008
Health Tip: Follow Instructions on OTC Pain Relievers

Signs that you may have taken too much ibuprofen

1/17/2008
Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids Under 2, FDA Warns

Decision on kids aged 2-12 expected this spring, officials add

12/14/2007
FDA Advisers Reject Over-the-Counter Statin

They cite concerns that consumers wouldn't use the cholesterol-lowering drug Mevacor safely

11/5/2007
NSAIDs Protect Against Parkinson's Disease

Over-the-counter pain meds reduced risk by as much as 60%, researchers say

7/27/2007
Health Tip: Packing Your Prescriptions

Travel safely with your drugs

6/25/2007
6/15/2007
Bengay Death Highlights OTC Dangers

Just because it's nonprescription doesn't mean it's harmless, experts caution in wake of teen track star's overdose from sports cream

1/11/2007
Cold Medicines Dangerous for Infants

Dosing mistakes killed three, sent 1,500 to ER, CDC report finds

10/17/2006
Home Medication Use Sends 700,000 to ER Annually

People over 65 most at risk for adverse reactions to medications, report finds

10/16/2006
Health Tip: Store Your Medications Properly

Avoid temperature extremes, humidity

10/9/2006
Health Tip: Alcohol and Many Medications Don't Mix

The combination can cause serious interactions

8/31/2006
Steer Clear of Antibiotics for Colds

Fluids, rest proper treatment for sniffles and coughs, doctor says

5/29/2006
Herbals Plus Conventional Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

Ask your doctor before combining medicines and supplements

3/31/2006
Excedrin Beats Ibuprofen for Headache Pain, Study Says

2 tablets provided better relief than ibuprofen in head-to-head testing

1/26/2006
Health Tip: Don't Play Doctor With Over-the-Counter Drugs

This is especially dangerous when treating your children

9/1/2005
Vitamin D and Painkiller Slow Prostate Cancer

Lab tests show combination stopped malignant cells in their tracks

4/28/2005
New Sleeping Pill Promises Long-Term Results

But one expert cautions that sleeping pills won't cure insomnia

4/14/2005
Ibuprofen May Protect Against Parkinson's

Regular use of the painkiller linked to lowered risk, study finds