Category: Side Effects

assortment of medicines

Almost 18% of Americans take a supplement containing iron. If you are taking iron supplements for anemia from menstrual or gastrointestinal blood loss, intriguing new results suggest taking them every other day is better than every day. Here are the details. Doctors had been suggesting daily, or even twice daily oral iron supplements for iron… Read More

blood pressure meter and heart

With new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association, the goal blood pressure for all adults is now less than 130/80. The first number of your blood pressure, 130, is the systolic blood pressure and the second number, 80, is diastolic. It is estimated almost half of Americans may meet the criteria for high blood pressure (BP),… Read More

two prescription bottles with pills next to them

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may have heard of a device called a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). A CGM typically consists of a small sensor that’s worn on various parts of the body that can measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day. If you currently use a CGM, you… Read More

pill bottles with health symbols

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is found in food like egg yolks, nuts, and grain. It is also a common supplement taken by folks to improve the quality of their hair and nails. But there are some drawbacks to biotin supplements. Not only may it not work, but it can also cause problems with… Read More

approved with pill bottle

Having a chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, COPD or HIV can cost a pretty penny. Since these diseases are not easy on the pocketbook, it’s not surprising that many Americans often times choose between eating and the paying the bills or being able to afford their medications. In an effort to reduce the cost… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

Asthma is a breathing problem in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. Inhaled asthma medications have greatly improved throughout the past decade, and a popular asthma medication Qvar is getting a makeover.     Qvar will now be available in an easy-to-use device known as… Read More

two prescription bottles with pills next to them

Atorvastatin (Lipitor), always on the top ten most commonly prescribed drugs, is used to lower cholesterol and often gets a bad rap. Muscle pain and cramps, diarrhea, and stomach upset are adverse reactions known to occur with atorvastatin and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive a… Read More

dollar bills and prescription bottles

If healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise haven’t been enough to help you shed those pounds, your doctor may suggest that you turn to a weight loss medication, like Contrave. While patients may only take it for a short period of time, out of pocket costs for Contrave can reach well beyond $600 per… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

Manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of fluoxetine (Prozac), used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. Why was fluoxetine recalled? According to the FDA, one of the ingredients used to create the 10 mg fluoxetine tablet was not up to FDA standards. While the use of the product is not… Read More

blue pills in dose pack

Last December, not one, but two generic versions of Viagra (sildenafil) became available in pharmacies. As a result, men can now purchase the erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment for as low as $17 with GoodRx, compared to $72 for the brand version. And although Viagra is an extremely popular medication, with more than 60 million men worldwide having… Read More