Archive for June, 2018

Lofexidine: Another option for withdrawal from opioids, but is it better?

Recently the FDA approved a medication called lofexidine (Lucemyra) for the treatment of opioid withdrawal. Lofexidine is in a class of medications called alpha-2-adrenergic agonists, which act on the nervous system and can cause sedation, mild pain relief, and relaxation. This class of medications has been used to treat common medical conditions like high blood […]

Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Marijuana smoking around children under 18 has increased and is likely to continue going up. As legal marijuana use becomes more common, parents need to be aware of the risks to children from secondhand marijuana smoke.

When your child ends up in the emergency room

Steve Calechman


Visiting an emergency room with a sick or injured child is a universally stressful experience. Knowing what to tell the doctor, and what questions to ask, can help you keep your head and make the situation easier to handle.

Anxiety: What it is, what to do

Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

Some anxiety in your life is normal and may be beneficial, but a response to anxiety that is out of proportion to the cause or source can be an indicator of an anxiety disorder. There are a variety of treatments for anxiety, and often the most effective approach is a combination of different methods.