Drugs & Medications

Drugs & Medications Articles

Is my painkiller an opioid?

Oxycodone is an opioid. A combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen should be used with caution and for the shortest duration possible. Talk to your doctor about tapering off the oxycodone or other opioid if possible. (Locked) More »

Marijuana and heart health: What you need to know

More than half of the states in the United States have approved medical marijuana programs. Although the cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years, reliable scientific research on its medical benefits and potential risks has lagged behind. Limited evidence shows that smoked marijuana may trigger heart attacks in people who are vulnerable. (Locked) More »

What to do when medication makes you constipated

Many medications can contribute to constipation. Common offenders include antidepressants, opioids, calcium-channel blockers, and anticholinergics. Older adults can be more susceptible to the constipation side effect of medications. Constipation symptoms include having bowel movements fewer than three times a week; having hard or small, lumpy stools; having stools that are hard to pass; straining; having painful bowel movements; or having the sensation of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. Long-term treatment options include prescription medications, over-the-counter remedies, fiber supplements, and an increase in dietary fiber. More »

Learn the risks of sleep aids

There are many ways to get more sleep. One way is to stop eating, drinking, or exercising too close to bedtime. Another way is to limit napping to about 40 minutes in the middle of the day. People who have signs of sleep apnea, such as gasping for breath during sleep, should report the symptoms to a doctor. There really is such as thing as a sleep debt, and the amount of sleep that is lost takes the same amount to restore the debt. More »

Rethinking good cholesterol

Long known as the “good” cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol seems to be more of a bystander than a beneficial molecule when it comes to preventing heart disease. People with genetic mutations that cause high HDL don’t have fewer heart attacks than those without those mutations. And five major clinical trials that sought to raise HDL levels with drugs have failed to lower heart disease risk. More »