The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Losartan and Suicide: Is This a Real Side Effect?

Losartan is one of the most prescribed blood pressure pills. Is there a link between losartan and suicide? What about ACE inhibitors like lisinopril?

The BP Drug Lisinopril Initiates Intestinal Blockage

Will Statins Wreak Havoc With Your Memory?

Can PM Sleeping Pills Cause Memory Problems?

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Who Benefits by Taking Repatha for High Cholesterol?

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Acid Stomach (heartburn)

What Are the Risks of PPIs for Children?

A new study suggests that there may be some unexpected risks of PPIs for young children. They have more infections when they take acid-suppressing drugs.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Many people worry about generic drug quality. An FDA executive raised concerns about foreign manufacturing. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada?

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Drug Side Effects

Are You Taking an Off Label Med for an Unapproved Use?

Doctors routinely prescribe drugs for uses the FDA hasn't approved, but they don't always reveal that. If you're on an off label med, do your own research!

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Blood Clots

Is Aspirin Cost-Effective Blood Clot Prevention?

Some clinical trials have found that aspirin is just as good as expensive anticoagulants for post-surgical blood clot prevention. And much cheaper!

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Cataracts

A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effect

A surprising statin side effect has just been reported. How is it possible that after more than three decades we are still discovering statin side effects?

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Drug Side Effects

Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

Eggplants, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes all can block acetylcholinesterase. This might slow recovery from surgery in which muscle relaxants are used.

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Cancer

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

What are we to make of FDA flip flop flips on ranitidine/Zantac? For many people the ranitidine weirdness is too much to take. But there are alternatives.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

Many people with AFib are taking anticoagulants like Eliquis or Xarelto. They must be warned about interactions between these drugs and OTC pain relievers!

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Depression

What Other Drugs Boost Antidepressants’ Effectiveness?

A meta-analysis of 30 studies finds that anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs or statins can improve antidepressants' effectiveness.

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Drug Side Effects

ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

Tens of millions of people take ACE inhibitors to lower high blood pressure. Is there an association between drugs like lisinopril and lung cancer?

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Arthritis

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).