Tag Archives: Medication

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The Cholesterol Conundrum

Statin drugs benefit some people immensely but are taken by millions more. If you’re at low risk for heart disease, taking drugs to lower your cholesterol may be doing you no good. Is it time we took a second look at statins? ... More
Tylenol: Beware of Overuse

Tylenol: Beware of Overuse

Check labels of cold and flu medicines for acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). Used correctly, acetaminophen is safe and effective with a lower risk of stomach upset than other over-the-counter pain relievers. However, taking multiple products that contain the compound can be dangerous. ... More
Tylenol: Use as Directed

Tylenol: Use as Directed

When used correctly, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) is safe and effective with a lower risk of stomach upset than other over-the-counter pain relievers. However, acetaminophen overuse is also the most common cause of liver failure in the United States. Many people are unaware that acetaminophen is found in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs. ... More
A Heartfelt Thank You

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Dr. SerVaas, In your November/December 2008 issue I happened to read that leg and hand spasms could be caused by the cholesterol medicines. I had been having such severe pains that I would have to pull over in traffic because I was afraid to drive with them. I tried eating bananas and all the […] ... More
Systolic Hypertension

Systolic Hypertension

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 medicines I have tried. Is there anything in the pipeline for my condition? You have certainly been through a bunch of medications, but there are others you have not tried. […] ... More
Heart Weak But Stable

Heart Weak But Stable

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 resisted this advice since I felt fine, did not display signs of heart failure, and could ride the exercise bike at least 30 minutes a day with no problems. Since […] ... More
Thinning Blood and Coumadin

Thinning Blood and Coumadin

I was recently hospitalized because my blood was dangerously thin. I was taking Coumadin as prescribed by my doctor. I would appreciate any information and also want to know if Bufferin or aspirin do thin the blood. Coumadin (trade name warfarin) “thins” the blood by interfering with its normal clotting processes. This action is important […] ... More