Drugs & Medications

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Managing your medications before a medical procedure

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticoagulants, and certain herbs and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding with surgery. They may need to be stopped before a procedure. However, some medications, such as those taken to manage blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, or type 2 diabetes, may need to be taken on the day of surgery. Instructions for stopping or restarting medications and supplements should come from one’s doctor, at least one week before the surgery. (Locked) More »

What causes my feet to suddenly become numb?

Tingling or numbness in the feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that affects multiple nerves leading out from the spinal cord. Certain medical conditions can cause it, such as diabetes and nutritional deficiencies, as well as heavy alcohol intake and some medications. More »

What is long QT syndrome?

Long QT syndrome is a rare disorder of the heart’s electrical system that can be caused by a genetic abnormality or certain medications. It may trigger a fast, erratic heartbeat that can lead to breathlessness, fainting, and sometimes, sudden death. (Locked) More »

When the arrival of menopause brings symptoms of depression

The odds of experiencing symptoms of depression go up as women reach perimenopause and early postmenopause. Hormone therapy has been shown to help ward off these symptoms. But experts say despite the findings, hormone therapy should be used for prevention only in limited circumstances, because the treatment brings its own risks. More »

Is it ok to use medications past their expiration dates?

My wife and I have this argument (she calls it a "discussion") several times a year.  I discover some perfectly good food of uncertain age in the refrigerator.  She wants to throw it away – better safe than sorry!   I say if the color looks right, it smells like food, and tastes alright, we should eat it.   And with that another perfectly good pasta dish (or was that chicken?) is tossed out. We have similar discussions about expired medications.  I'd heard medications were often safe and effective well past their expiration date; she's ready to throw them out if they're even close to the date on the bottle. The U.S. Air Force started a study in 1985 (described here) and later extended it to other military services in the early 1990s.  The military had gathered a stockpile of medications worth more than a billion dollars that were close to or past their expiration dates.  No one wanted to throw away expensive medications that might still be safe and effective. So the drugs were extensively tested with oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  More »

7 reasons why you may need a medication check-up

It’s important to have a doctor look over one’s medication regimen frequently. This is because things can change in between doctor visits, and adjustments may need to be made. Reasons why that might occur include taking a lot of pills, which can increase the risk of error or adverse drug interactions; taking over-the-counter medications without a doctor’s supervision; or experiencing medication side effects. One should also see a primary care doctor two weeks after discharge from a hospital, to see how any new medications are working. (Locked) More »

How does my health compare with President Trump’s?

Men the same age as President Trump should not use the results of his recent physical as a guideline for their health, since his 10-year risk of a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac death was 16%, which is much higher than the standard 7.5% to 10% for the average, healthy 70-year-old man. (Locked) More »

Over-the-counter cautions

Taking over-the-counter medications improperly can be dangerous. People should carefully follow instructions for nonprescription products and ensure that the medications they take, won’t cause harmful drug interactions. (Locked) More »