Over 150 children died from flu last season, according to the CDC. It bears repeating: the best way to protect your kids from the flu is to have everyone 6 months or older in your household vaccinated. It can be scary if your child starts showing signs of the flu (fever, chills, muscle aches, ear pain, and respiratory issues), so here are some tips for getting them the appropriate care right away. See More
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More than one-third of US adults may be using a prescription medication associated with depression and/or suicidal symptoms as a possible side effect, a recent study finds. Over 200 medications, including birth control pills, blood pressure medications, antacids, and painkillers, were cited with these concerns.
The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that 38% of adults interviewed from 2013 to 2014 used medications associated with depression as a possible side effect in the 30 days prior to the interview compared to 35% from 2005 to 2006. See More
Being a new mom is hard (trust me, I know—I just had a little guy myself three months ago). While pregnancy might be over, if you decide to breastfeed, it’s important to continue watching what you’re putting in your body. Whether you need to take medications for mastitis, postpartum depression or diabetes, be aware that they may affect your milk supply.
If you’re prescribed a new or existing medication, make sure both your doctor and pharmacist knows that you are breastfeeding. See More
Summer’s in full swing — complete with barbeques and beach parties, airplane rides and hotels. And that means lots of potential allergens. Whether you’re stay-cationing or vacationing, we’ve put together this packing checklist to help you plan for allergies so they don’t ruin your fun.
1) Pack allergy medications
Some lucky people don’t get motion sickness, but if you do, it can ruin a cruise or sailing trip — even a road trip. You may have tried over-the-counter medications like Dramamine and Bonine, but in the end, preventing motion sickness might best be solved with the help of your doctor.
Here’s what you should know about motion sickness and how to choose the best treatment for you.
How is motion sickness caused?
The most widely held explanation for why some of us experience motion sickness is called the “sensory conflict hypothesis. See More
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 to know.
How do we know nasal steroid sprays are safe during pregnancy?
Commonly used steroid nasal sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) include Flonase (fluticasone propionate), Nasacort AQ (triamcinolone), Nasonex (mometasone), Omnaris (ciclesonide), Rhinocort Aqua (budesonide) and Veramyst (fluticasone furoate). See More
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is naturally found in the vaginal flora of most women. However, too much of a good thing can be bad, and overgrowth of Candida leads to a common condition for women called a yeast infection. Telltale signs include itching, soreness, and a white, thick discharge with little odor.
Given how unpleasant these symptoms can be, it’s no surprise that women are eager to skip the doctor’s visit and reach for over-the-counter (OTC) products for quick relief. See More
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Have you ever tried to fill a prescription at the pharmacy only to discover that it wasn’t covered by your insurance? This was a direct result of your plan’s drug formulary. A drug formulary is a list of prescription drugs that an insurer covers and ultimately determines how much a patient will pay for a medication.
Learning how drug formularies work can mean the difference between you paying the full price of a medication and your insurance paying for it. See More