Drugs & Medications

Drugs & Medications Articles

A more precise approach to fighting cancer

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that takes into account a person’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and eliminates the one-size-fits-all approach to health care. Right now the greatest focus is on cancer. Doctors rely on genetic tests, family history, lifestyle habits, and environmental factors to determine if someone is more likely to get certain forms of cancer. Doctors then can use genetic testing to identify mutations in a tumor in order to match it with the best drug treatment. (Locked) More »

Are you prepared for a medical emergency?

To prepare for a medical emergency, it is helpful to have quick access to important information. This includes one’s advance directive, as well lists of all medications and supplements, emergency contacts, and health care providers. This information can be contained on a flash drive or put in a bag that’s kept in a handy place in the house. It’s also important to talk to a loved one in advance about how you’d like to be taken care of in a medical emergency. (Locked) More »

Ask these questions when you get a new prescription

When a doctor prescribes a new medication, it’s essential to ask questions about it. The patient should find out why the medication is needed, how it works, what the risks and benefits are, what side effects might occur, how to take the medication, what to avoid when using the medication, how soon the medication will begin working, and when it will be time to re-evaluate if the medication is still necessary. (Locked) More »

Do generic drugs compromise on quality?

Generic drugs are sometimes viewed as inferior to the brand-name version. But studies show that they are typically the same quality, just as effective, and less expensive. While some research has shown more side effects with generics, that finding appears to be the exception, not the rule. (Locked) More »

Protect yourself from medication mix-ups

Research shows that medication errors can lead to hospitalizations and health problems. People can avoid these problems by understanding what drugs they are taking and why. Clear communication with doctors and pharmacists can further prevent dangerous medication missteps. (Locked) More »

Antibiotics: Part of the cure or part of the problem?

Studies show that antibiotics are overused, a problem that can lead to antibiotic resistance and unnecessary medication-related side effects. To prevent misuse, it’s important to take antibiotics only when they’re truly needed. Sometimes this means waiting a few days to see if a condition improves on its own before initiating antibiotics. (Locked) More »