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Taking Multiple Drugs

Taking Multiple Drugs

To M.G., Two or more medicines may be taken at once unless the labels state otherwise. If you find it difficult to swallow multiple pills, spacing them a few minutes apart is fine, too. As... More

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To E.H., Lisinopril is a generic drug that is FDA approved for two brand name products—Prinivil and Zestril. It may be prescribed alone or with... More

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How long are porcine aortic valves expected to last? I’m going to subscribe to the magazine because of your answers. Thank you. I am glad... More

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I had ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) node in 2001 that apparently took care of my atrial fibrillation but left me with heart flutter. When... More

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I’m diabetic and have systolic hypertension. My blood pressure runs 115/120 in the morning and 120/170 in the evening. I’ve included a list of the... More

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Research data published in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that people with elevated blood pressure readings during the nighttime hours who get too little... More

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In 2000, a cardiologist said that I needed a heart transplant due to heart failure. My left ventricle ejection fraction was about 20 percent. I... More

A Century of Mental Health
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About the author: David L. Shern, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading mental health experts with more than 30 years of distinguished service in mental... More

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The days are short and the weather is cold. It may be tough to find enough energy to get through the day, but the International... More

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