Category: Warnings

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Millions have listened to the new podcast series, “Dr. Death,” about a surgeon with a penchant for botching procedures and leaving patients crippled—or worse, dead. And I’ve been hearing concerns from my own patients with the question, “How do I know my surgeon isn’t a Dr. Death?”     As a physician, I, like you,… Read More

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Did you know that there are certain medications out there that can cause forms of kidney damage? Don’t get me wrong. These medications can be life-altering and even life-saving—but they are known to directly affect kidney function. Medications that can damage the kidneys are known as “nephrotoxic medications.” These drugs can cause direct toxicity to the… Read More

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60,000 children end up in the emergency room every year due to accidental overdose — often from medications they find around the home. This danger may increase around the holidays, when kids are exploring new territory in a relative’s house and grown-ups might not be keeping a close… Read More

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Is metformin bad for you? There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about this popular medication. Metformin therapy may cause diarrhea and lower vitamin B12 levels, but most things you hear about metformin aren’t true. Here are some common (Glucophage) myths.   1) Metformin is bad for your kidneys. It’s not. There may… Read More

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Skin. It brings folks to the doctor every day. Here are the dos and don’ts all adults should know. What’s the difference between lotions, creams and ointments? This is the most important skin lesson to learn. Lotions are DRYING, so if you have dry skin, what you need is an ointment (not a lotion). Lotions… Read More

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Several medications containing the blood pressure and heart failure drug, valsartan, were recalled in July due to concerns over contamination. At the time, the FDA announced that they found NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), a possible cancer-causing substance, in the drugs. Since then, the FDA has expanded the list of recalled products to include about 80 different products across… Read More

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“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients… Read More

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Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new warning for SGLT2 inhibitors, a class of drugs used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. According to the FDA, a serious bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis has been reported in the genital area of some patients taking SGLT2… Read More

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There is widespread use of zolpidem (Ambien) for insomnia, but is it always safe? Occasional insomnia that interferes with your life or a disrupted sleep cycle due to travel are perfect opportunities for short-term use of the atypical benzodiazepine drug, zolpidem. After all, zolpidem at low doses (as low as 5 mg) for short periods… Read More

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Nearly 40 lots of popular thyroid hormone replacement medication, levothyroxine/liothyronine, were recently recalled due to concerns over contamination. is a combination medicine containing levothyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3), both synthetic forms of thyroid hormones the body normally makes. The drug is used to improve the symptoms of hypothyroidism like slow speech, lack of energy, weight… Read More