Category: Warnings

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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

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Several medications containing the blood pressure and heart failure drug, valsartan, were recalled last month 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. The FDA has now expanded the list of recalled products. What is valsartan for? is a drug… Read More

You’ve likely heard there is a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, that is more effective than our existing vaccine Zostavax. However, as recently as June 2018, Shingrix was in short supply, and by estimates from manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, order limits and shipping delays will continue through 2018.  Shipments of Shingrix are making their way to clinics, but you… Read More

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It’s logical to wonder if a medication you often take for pain is safe. There are some concerns about the popular over-the-counter pain relievers known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which include ibuprofen (a.k.a. Motrin or Advil). Every week, I’m asked: How much can I take, and is it bad for my liver or kidneys?… Read More

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If you’re enjoying the sunshine this summer, it is important to know that some of your medications could cause an unexpected problem. You may not be aware, but some prescriptions can increase your sensitivity to sunlight, causing your skin to burn more easily. What type of reaction can occur? If your medication has a warning to avoid sunlight, don’t… Read More

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Sixteen years after its US approval in 2002, birth control Essure is slated to be fully discontinued at the end of this year. The permanent birth control device has been plagued with complaints of serious adverse side effects ranging from pelvic pain to perforation of the uterus. Manufacturer Bayer made the announcement earlier this month,… Read More

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Most people benefit from the therapeutic effects of a medication, but adverse events ranging from minor side effects to death may occur. Serious side effects are often unavoidable, coming without warning, and something neither the folks who suffer them or their physician will ever forget. Here are ten of the craziest medication side effects. 1)… Read More

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Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that include levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and moxifloxacin, and all carry a small risk of nerve damage. You may have seen the warning — the FDA requires that all fluoroquinolone antibiotics come with a label that alerts patients to the risk of permanent peripheral neuropathy. Too often, anti-bacterial medications like… Read More

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Nasal allergy sprays treat stuffy noses and itchy eyes related to allergies. If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Recent studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate allergy symptoms. However, not all nasal sprays are safe during pregnancy. Here’s what you need… Read More

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Has your doctor ever asked if you’re allergic to any drugs? Luckily for most people, medicine allergies are not that common. But for the few who do have them, allergic reactions can be extremely dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about drug allergies before you start a new medication. What are drug allergies? When… Read More