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Aspirin advice: Coated vs. plain

Designed to dissolve in the intestines, enteric-coated aspirin may be less likely to cause stomach irritation. But it is just as likely to cause gastrointestinal bleeding as regular aspirin, and some people might not fully absorb enteric-coated aspirin. (Locked) More »

Prescription bargain hunt

There are many ways to save money on prescription drugs. Ideas include shopping around or getting generic instead of brand-name drugs. There are also many kinds of prescription assistance programs, offered by state and local governments, Medicare, nonprofit groups, and even drug makers. The programs typically have income requirements. Updating a Medicare plan may also help save money, since the plans change from year to year, and the medications they cover or the required copays may change as well. (Locked) More »

Should I try a new blood thinner?

Newer blood thinners are more convenient than warfarin, but they also have some disadvantages, such as cost, duration of effectiveness, and lack of an antidote to stop an episode of major bleeding. (Locked) More »

The new state of statins

Statin therapy continues to help men lower their cholesterol levels, which can reduce their risk for heart attack or stroke. Yet, new guidelines and research suggest that statins’ benefits do not apply to everyone. Men need to consider all factors like side effects, realistic expectations, and their overall risk for heart attack and stroke before deciding on statin therapy. (Locked) More »

6 ways to stay on your medication plan

Certain strategies can help people stay on their medication regimens. For example, a person should record when a drug is taken, how much is in the dose, and whether there are any new side effects. A person can ask his or her doctor if it’s possible to cut back on the amount of medications being taken, or to simplify dosing to once or twice daily. Other ideas are to use a pillbox and to link the act of taking medications to a daily activity, such as teeth brushing. (Locked) More »

Do not get sold on drug advertising

Prescription drug advertising is a multibillion-dollar industry and a main reason health care costs continue to rise. While the ad’s job is to sell the product, not to help the consumer, men can still use the information as a starting point to talk with their doctor about their health.  More »