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What's Really In Your Medicine

More than 90 percent of medications contain inactive ingredients that can cause adverse reactions.

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Make All Hormonal Birth Control Available Without Prescription, Doctors' Group Says

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A leading group of U.S. doctors has broadened its guidelines on birth control, recommending that all forms of hormonal contraceptives, including vaginal rings and contraceptive patches, be sold over the counter.

In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said DMPA (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) injecti...

Maker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible Carcinogen

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Novartis, the maker of a generic form of the popular heartburn drug Zantac, said Wednesday it will cease distribution of the medicine after investigations suggested that generic and branded versions contain a known carcinogen.

A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and it means that generic Zantac (ranitidine) remaining on st...

Could Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Still Help Some People?

MONDAY, Sept. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Debate over the benefits and drawbacks of daily low-dose aspirin has flared in recent years, with guidelines now generally urging against the regimen to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in healthy people.

But some people with good heart health still might benefit from taking daily low-dose aspirin, a new study from New Zealand argues.

Heartburn Drug Zantac May Contain Small Amounts of Known Carcinogen, FDA Says

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A substance that could cause cancer has been found in some ranitidine heartburn and ulcer medicines, including the brand-name drug Zantac, and the source of this contamination is being investigated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

While preliminary tests found low levels of the nitrosamine impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in...

A Prescription for Medicating Your Child Safely

MONDAY, Sept. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When your child is sick, taking the right medication can make all the difference -- as long as it's correctly chosen and measured. But sometimes mistakes occur. Here are safety steps to help prevent medication errors from happening.

Make sure that the prescribing doctor knows about any drugs, vitamins and supplements your child takes, and abou...

Pure CBD Won't Make You Fail a Drug Test, But…

FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As the CBD craze sweeps the nation, some users may wonder whether the cannabis extract can make them fail a drug test. A preliminary study suggests the answer is "no" -- at least if the CBD is pure.

Researchers found that CBD, or cannabidiol, did not react with either of two commercially available tests used to screen for marijuana use. However...

Survey Urges Grandparents to Lock Down Their Meds When Kids Visit

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many American seniors fail to secure their medications when grandchildren are around, putting kids at risk of accidental poisoning, an alarming new survey finds.

Eighty-four percent of the 1,074 grandparents who responded to the online survey said they keep their medications in the usual spot when grandkids visit -- including cupboards or cabi...

Heartburn Drugs Again Tied to Fatal Risks

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who use common heartburn drugs for months to years may face heightened risks of dying from heart disease, kidney failure or stomach cancer, a new study suggests.

The study included more than 200,000 U.S. veterans. It's the latest to raise concerns over drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They include prescription and over-the-c...

Those Whitening Strips May Damage Your Teeth

TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a pearly white smile may come with a significant cost -- the health of your teeth.

New research suggests that over-the-counter whitening strips may be eroding the structure of your choppers.

"This study shows that there is a loss of protein from the teeth with these whitening treatments," said senior author Kelly Keenan, an...

Is That Medication Safe When Breastfeeding?

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Far too little is known about the safety of medication use during breastfeeding -- and it's time to get some answers, experts say.

It's a critical gap, given that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies -- and moms are encouraged to do it. But when a woman has questions about the safety of any medication she's taking, docto...

Are 'Inactive' Ingredients in Your Drugs Really So Harmless?

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of the medications that Americans take contain an inactive ingredient that could cause an allergic reaction, a new study suggests.

Lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes are added to drugs to improve taste, prolong shelf life, improve absorption or make the drug tamper-proof, researchers explained. But they can ...

Everyday Medications That Can Ruin Your Sex Life

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many drugs -- both prescription and over-the-counter -- can cause side effects like dizziness or upset stomach. But some can affect you in surprising ways, like causing problems with your sex life.

Sexual side effects are wide-ranging. You might lose interest in sex, have difficulty becoming aroused or achieving orgasm. Or, if you're a wom...

Opioid Addicts Are Overdosing on Diarrhea Drug

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A popular anti-diarrheal drug is fast becoming another dangerous byproduct of the opioid crisis, as more addicts take huge quantities of it to ease withdrawal symptoms or get dangerously high.

Investigators found that the number of patients who were reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System after taking toxic doses of loperamide (one o...

When Your Medications Are the News

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it?

Sticking with a prescription drug regimen, or "medication adherence," is already a challenge for many patients, with not taking medications as prescribed being a key reason people struggle to control chronic conditions. Adding to the problem, according to a Danis...

Kratom Use in Pregnancy Spurs Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that should raise concerns, researchers say.

A case study of a baby boy exposed to kratom during his mother's pregnancy -- only the second American ca...

Many Supplements Contain Unapproved, Dangerous Ingredients: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have issued more than 700 warnings during the last decade about the sale of dietary supplements that contain unapproved and potentially dangerous drug ingredients, new research reveals.

In nearly all cases (98 percent), the presence of such ingredients was not noted anywhere on supplement labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

Skip the Cold Meds for Kids Under 6, Experts Say

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

But parents who want to alleviate a sick child's misery would do best to avoid over-the-counter cough and cold remedies.

Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, acc...

Viagra Linked to Trouble With Color Vision: Report

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of the impotence drug commonly known as Viagra can cause damage to the eye's retina that results in irreversibly tinted vision, researchers contend in a case study.

"People who depend on colored vision for their livelihood need to realize there could be a long-lasting impact of overindulging on this drug," said lead investigator Dr. ...

Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Broken Hips in Dialysis Patients

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may raise the risk for hip fractures among dialysis patients by nearly 20 percent, a new study suggests.

Many people with kidney failure take medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which curb production of stomach acid.

"Proton pump inhibitors are the sixth most co...

Are Your Meds Making You Depressed?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals.

These medications include blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers, hormonal contraceptives and pain medications, researchers said.

And they're used by 37 percent of Americans, according to the study of 26,000 adults.

Treatment for Teething Pain Poses Serious Health Threat: FDA

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers should stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine because they pose a serious health threat to infants and young children, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday.

Benzocaine can cause a serious health threat called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the level of oxygen carried through the blood. Th...

Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say.

"What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's S...

Spring Sneezin' Season Has Sprung

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air -- even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year?

Will we see a return of the pollen vortex? Might we have a blooming bombogenesis of pollen?

Don't scoff: There is some evi...

Many Pick the Wrong Drugs for Sneezin' Season

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests.

With flowers, trees and grasses springing back to life, folks with allergies will start to complain of sneezing, runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes.

More often than not, though, they'll head to the allergy aisle of their neares...

Common Meds May Help Spur Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-quarter of non-antibiotic medicines inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance, new research suggests.

Many species of bacteria live in the human gut -- collectively known as the gut microbiome -- and antibiotics can affect the balance. But the effect of non-antibiotic medicines ...

Heartburn Meds Not Tied to Hip Fractures in Alzheimer's Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of acid-blocking heartburn drugs, such as Nexium and Prilosec, does not increase the risk for hip fractures in people with Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.

These medications belong to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are often given to elderly people. However, some previous studies have sugg...

Fighting a Cold or Flu? Beware of Overdosing on Tylenol

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A brutal flu season has had people reaching for relief in their medicine cabinet, but a new study warns that overdosing on acetaminophen (Tylenol) is more common when bugs and viruses are circulating.

It turns out that the odds of taking more than the recommended 4 grams a day jumps 24 percent during these months, said lead researcher Saul Sh...

Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds.

With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don't have to be the first choice against crippling arthrit...

Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too?

That's the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The studies focused on how nonprescription painkillers might temporarily alter emotions such as empathy, or even a person's reasoni...

Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too.

Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either ibuprofen or...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to Language Delays -- in One Sex

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers whose mothers used acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- early in pregnancy may have a heightened risk of language delays, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when moms-to-be used the painkiller during the first trimester, their daughters were more likely to have language delays at age 2.5 years.

No such link...

Will These 2 Home Remedies Help Your Sore Throat?

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Down go another two worthless home remedies for strep throat.

Neither sugarless gum nor probiotics help to treat the symptoms or speed up recovery from a sore throat caused by bacterial infection, a new clinical trial reports.

Doctors had thought that gum sweetened by xylitol, a sugar substitute, might coat the throat and prevent the...

Tips for Healthy, Happy Travels

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Buying new clothes for an upcoming holiday trip may top your to-do list, but packing the right medications can mean addressing health needs with ease rather than scrambling to find an all-night drugstore in a strange city.

Prescription medications are the top priority, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bring en...

Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller After Tonsillectomy

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds.

At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black box" warning, advising doctors against prescribing codeine to children to co...

What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck.

Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

After reviewing clinical trials testing everything from cough syrups to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive concl...

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again.

More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels.

Some had hidden ingredients that might actually harm health, researchers said.

Bodybuilding and weight-loss suppleme...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Kids

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen is considered the go-to pain medication during pregnancy. But a new study adds to evidence linking the drug to an increased risk of behavioral issues in kids.

Researchers in Norway found that among nearly 113,000 children, those whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with atten...

Easy Fix for Post-Op Shivers?

SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Giving patients acetaminophen during surgery may reduce their risk of shivering when they wake up, according to a small study.

Up to half of patients have shivers and chills when they regain consciousness after surgery. The cause is unknown, but may be linked to the body cooling down, according to the study author...

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