Resources to Introduce You to Medication Safety

Date: March 9th, 2016

Every year tens of millions of Americans take over-the-counter (OTC) medication for relief from everyday aches and pain. You are probably one of them. OTC pain medication may be something that you take for granted. It can usually give you effective relief from your pain, without the need to get a prescription. But just because OTC pain medications are generally safe and effective when used as directed, you need to remember that they are not harmless. And they should never be taken casually, because

What You Should Know about Supplements

Date: March 9th, 2016

As National Nutrition Month gets into full swing, the emphasis on a healthy diet is stronger than ever. And with good reason: A well-balanced diet has proven health benefits like weight loss or maintenance as well as a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular events, and other diseases and conditions.   Most people can get the nutrients they need from eating foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. However, as we age, the amount of nutrients we need, and our body’s ability

Up And Away: Taking and Storing Medications Safely

Date: November 24th, 2014

The average 75-year-old American has three chronic conditions and takes five prescription medications. Even though older adults make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use and 30 percent of all over-the-counter (OTC) use. And many of these adults find themselves taking more than one medication at a time.  In fact, two out of five Medicare patients take five or more prescription medications. For most, these medications mean fewer symptoms, less pain, delayed

Pain and Confusion: Figuring Out How to Safely Treat Pain

Date: May 1st, 2010

Are you or a loved one dealing with persistent pain but confused about what medications are safe? Understandably so! Treating persistent pain can be challenging and now warnings about the risks of leading pain relievers have left many of us wondering what we can do to safely treat our pain. News in recent years warned about the risks of two well-known pain relievers—acetaminophen and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Despite risks including liver damage, and gastrointestinal and cardiovascular conditions, these medications can

The Savings and the Safety of Drug Importation

Date: June 1st, 2009

The president and Congress are embarking on a fervent campaign to reform our damaged health care system. Few would disagree that there is waste in our current system, and even fewer would disagree with the fact that we need to bring healthcare to the 46 million Americans who are currently uninsured. But, many in Washington and across the country disagree on how to go about financing the massive health care overhaul that lawmakers are now proposing. Finding Ways to Save Senators Byron

Manage Your Over-the-Counter Medications

Date: July 1st, 2007

Over-the-counter medications can be an effective and relatively inexpensive way to reduce pain, get a good night’s sleep, and be more productive. But because they’re available easily without a prescription, many people may mistakenly believe that taking them contains no risk. It’s true that over-the-counter medications are generally safe when taken as directed. But it’s important for everyone – especially older people, who may be taking multiple medications - both over-the-counter and prescription - to understand how to manage all of

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Unerstanding the Effects of Grapefruit Juice on Medications

Date: July 1st, 2006

For more than a decade, doctors have known that some compound in grapefruit juice interacts with a small number of drugs to triple the amount of that drug absorbed into the bloodstream. While the compound has remained a mystery, doctors simply tell their patients to avoid grapefruit juice while on the medication. In a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, however, Paul Watkins, MD, and his colleagues, finally tracked down furanocoumarins as the active