Tag Archives: medicines

Drug Alerts

New research suggests that two popular pills—acid-reducers for chronic heartburn and calcium supplements to protect bones—may carry unexpected risks. ... More
Shingles Solutions

Shingles Solutions

An attack of shingles (caused by the reactivated 
chickenpox virus, which usually stays dormant in 
people who had the disease) is typified by burning pain and sensitive skin, followed by a blistering rash that takes weeks to resolve. The antiviral drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir may reduce symptoms 
if started within three days of getting […] ... More
Help for Hypertension

Help for Hypertension

Q: How many types of drugs can treat high blood pressure? I’ve had it about two years. Any suggestions? A: Doctors commonly prescribe five types of medicines that lower high blood pressure in different ways. In almost all patients, some combination of drugs (usually at least two, and sometimes more) are tolerated and are effective. […] ... More
Allergy Relief

Allergy Relief

Don’t suffer needlessly from springtime allergy 
symptoms. Taken once or twice daily, over-the-counter (OTC) products that contain the active ingredient 
loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) help treat runny nose, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes. These drugs, which may be used in combination 
with OTC pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) to relieve congestion, sometimes cause a dry mouth. […] ... More

Atrial Fibrillation

A “cool” new therapy puts the brakes on fast heartbeats. Read more about it from leading heart expert and Mayo Clinic professor Dr. Douglas Packer. ... More
Excess Saliva

Excess Saliva

My friend has been having a terrible time with excess saliva for at least a year. He is a furniture maker who uses many shellacs and varnishes. He is at his wit’s end. Any suggestions? Margie S. Virginia A swallowing study may be helpful, advises dentist Mike Brennan, at the Sjogren’s Syndrome and Salivary Disorders […] ... More
Heart Attack Risk

Heart Attack Risk

Q: I have angina, and some of my arteries are blocked. What are my chances of having a heart attack, and can a prescription drug like Imdur control chest pain? A: Severe blockages in coronary arteries can certainly cause a heart attack. Often, such blockages can be propped open with stents, which can relieve the […] ... More
Gout: New Therapy Guidelines

Gout: New Therapy Guidelines

Recent medical findings show that 
lower doses of prescription colchicine treat gout just as well as the higher amounts used in past years—and with fewer side effects. Instead of 10 tablets per day, doctors now recommend taking two tablets at the first signs of an 
attack, followed by one tablet an hour later, if needed. […] ... More
Treating and Preventing Skin Ulcers

Treating and Preventing Skin Ulcers

Need help for chronic leg ulcers or sores? A prescription ointment containing papain and urea may help. Regular use of the product helps break down dead skin or tissue in wounds, a process known as debridement. This allows dead cells to 
be more easily removed and promotes healing. A doctor who specializes in wound care […] ... More