Drugs & Medications

Drugs & Medications Articles

Fluid around the heart

A buildup of fluid inside the sac surrounding the heart is called a pericardial effusion. It can result from an infection, a heart attack, or many other conditions. Treatment depends on the cause and the severity of the symptoms. (Locked) More »

What to do when your medication causes nausea

Nausea is a common side effect of many types of medication, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and some antibiotics and antidepressants. The drugs may cause nausea because of the way they work or the way they are digested, among other reasons. Taking medication with food, such as toast, may help to reduce or avoid nausea. Other tips include avoiding fatty or fried foods; avoiding lying down flat when resting; and taking a medication at bedtime, to “sleep off” potential nausea. (Locked) More »

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. 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 »

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 »