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Benita Lee - August 18, 2018
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
Katie Mui - July 19, 2018
In May, the makers of Vagisil, the popular over-the-counter cream for vaginal itching and irritation, launched Preventeza, their own version of the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). This is a good thing: with more options available from online and local retailers, emergency contraception becomes more accessible and more people can prevent unplanned pregnancies. We’ll walk you through your options and ways to save. See More
Roni Shye - June 09, 2015
Emergency contraception (Plan B or the “morning-after pill”) has changed so much in the past few years, it can be difficult to know where things stand. There are more options than ever before to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex, and many are now available over-the-counter.
To get you up to speed, here’s a Plan B timeline, from its initial approval to the present:
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 03, 2014
Plan B, Next Choice and Plan B One-Step are all brand names of levonorgestrel, and good options for emergency contraception. Well, not for some. Now there is news that levonorgestrel emergency contraception may be less effective or not effective in overweight and obese women.
What? Yep. Studies suggest that the contraceptive may be less effective in women 165 to 176 pounds (75 to 80 kg) and not effective in women over 176 pounds (over 80 kg). See More
Roni Shye - April 10, 2014
Recently, you may have noticed several medications available in the store aisles that used to require a prescription. A few drugs have made the jump from prescription-only to being sold over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription, with Nexium as the newest (and a very exciting) example.
The status change for Nexium 20 mg capsules was approved by the FDA on March 28th, 2014. Nexium is used mainly for the treatment of gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux or heartburn. See More
Elizabeth Davis - June 24, 2013
After a long debate and following the most recent court order in April 2013, the FDA has announced that Plan B One-Step will be made available over the counter with no age restrictions. This means that all women of reproductive age will be able to purchase Plan B One-Step without a prescription, and without needing to show ID or proof of age. Previously, over-the-counter sales of Plan B One-Step were going to be restricted to ages 15 and older. See More
Roni Shye - May 13, 2013
Recently the FDA announced new changes to current rules regarding emergency contraception. The medication in question, Plan B One-Step, is a single high-dose hormone (levonorgestrel) treatment that can prevent pregnancy if used correctly within 72 hours of contraceptive failure. It does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 27, 2013
What is Ella? The latest in emergency contraception:
Whoops! Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy soon after unprotected intercourse, sexual assault, or failure or improper use of a birth control method. EC reduces the risk of pregnancy when used up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse.
Almost 50% of all pregnancies and more than 82% of teen pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended. See More