Drugs & Medications

Drugs & Medications Articles

Is your diet interfering with your medication regimen?

Many foods, drinks, or ingredients in diet can undermine the effects of certain medications. For example, drinking alcohol can diminish the effects of erectile dysfunction drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra), or cause extreme drowsiness when taken with antihistamines. Eating foods high with lots of sodium or salt can nullify the effects of diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and ARBs. Eating black licorice while taking digoxin (Lanoxin) to treat heart failure may cause an irregular heartbeat and heart attack. When prescribed a new medicine, one should ask if diet will affect the drug. (Locked) More »

Managing statin muscle pain

Muscle aches and cramps—the most common side effects of statins—are more common in women than in men. Treating vitamin D deficiencies and low thyroid hormone levels, changing prescriptions, and making lifestyle changes may help. (Locked) More »

Stay healthy at the hospital

: Whether people go in for surgery, testing, or an outpatient procedure, a hospital stay can pose further health risks. While potential risks depend in part on why someone has to go into the hospital and the facility itself, there are steps a person can take to minimize risk, especially when it comes to developing hospital-acquired infections that can lead to a longer hospital stay or readmission. (Locked) More »

When does long-term acid reflux become a serious issue?

Long-term acid reflux can damage the esophagus and may lead to a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer and affects about 3% to 10% of older men. If symptoms appear, such as food sticking in the throat, weight loss, or pain from swallowing, an upper endoscopy may be recommended to help diagnose Barrett’s. More »

Fluid around the heart

A buildup of fluid inside the sac surrounding the heart is called a pericardial effusion. It can result from an infection, a heart attack, or many other conditions. Treatment depends on the cause and the severity of the symptoms. (Locked) More »