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The ABC's of Hepatitis: Get to Know This Viral Disease

Hepatitis A, B and C sounds like alphabet soup. But did you know you are at risk for hepatitis, a serious and possibly long-lasting liver disease just by traveling to…

Cystic Fibrosis: Living With The Octopus Inside Your Chest

People with cystic fibrosis have described the disease as like having an octopus inside your chest, or breathing through a straw. This life-long condition which affects the lungs and food…

21 Arthritis Facts: It's A Game Changer

Arthritis comprises one of the most common ailments in the U.S. From the wear-and tear of osteoarthritis of the knee, to joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis of the hands, arthritis can disrupt…

Need To Know: Top 9 Facts About Gabapentin

You know gabapentin has been used for seizures for years, but are you aware of the more recent approvals for this versatile drug? Here's a hint: for many people, going…

12 Things You Need to Know About Lyrica

Lyrica (pregabalin) treats a wide range of conditions, from epilepsy to painful nerve conditions. Follow along with this slideshow to learn about this versatile drug that has many uses. Review…

10 Things to Know About Metformin

A diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes can be hard to take. However, there are oral medications that are used first-line that work well to control blood sugar, and…

Food Safety: What's On Your Plate?

Safe food is a key to good health. In the U.S., we don't think a lot about the safety of our food; we are fortunate to have a very safe…

Save Your Blushes - The FAQ's On STDs

Anybody who is having sex is at risk of getting an STD. Some infections can even be caught by kissing or close touching. How much do you know about STDs?…

Donate Life: What You Need To Know About Organ Donorship

April is Donate Life month, so it's a great time to step back and re-evaluate if you'd like to be an organ donor and give the gift of life. Learn…

Vaccinations and Autism - Is There A Link?

Many parents fear vaccine use in their children due to the possibility of autism or other behavioral issues. However, it's important to gather the true facts based on evidence. Check…

PCSK9 Inhibitors: A New Class of Cholesterol Busters

A new class of investigational drugs for lowering cholesterol is showing dramatic results. The monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) agents are in development for the treatment…

10 Home Remedies That Surprisingly Actually Work

Looking for a home remedy to help treat your cold symptoms, urinary tract infection or other health problem? Here are some useful tips that you can try yourself at home.

The Lowdown on Lipitor: What You Need To Know

The development of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as "statins" has been one of the major medical advancements in recent decades. These drugs, such as the well-known Lipitor, have without question…

Need To Know: Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a kind of mental illness in which you're so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else. Anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating…

Need to Know: GERD and Heartburn

Heartburn and GERD can cause a burning feeling in your throat and stomach. But just popping store-bought antacids without a proper diagnosis isn't always a good idea. Find out if…

Ground-Breaking Medical Treatments Made Quite By Chance

The next wonder drug is constantly in pursuit. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry spends billions each year looking for the next new blockbuster. And accidents in the chemistry lab are…

Out With Gout - Everything You Need To Know About Gout

To experience gout is to experience one of the most painful conditions known to man. Unfortunately this disease is relatively common among men over 40. Find out what causes it,…

The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now

Today, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one in three children struggle because they are overweight or have obesity. A lack of physical activity and unhealthy food choices contribute to…

Acne Advice: Skin Care Solutions For Both Teens and Adults Alike

The last thing you need the morning of a crucial interview or night of a hot date is a breakout of zits. But you can almost guarantee that they'll make…

Settling The Score: Shingles

Shingles is a viral illness that causes a painful stripe-like rash on one side of your face or body. But how easy is it to catch and what can you…

All Eyes On Ibuprofen: What You Need To Know

Ibuprofen (brand name Advil or Motrin) belongs to a group of drugs known as NSAIDs. It is cheap, effective, and readily bought from supermarkets and drug stores. But is it…

Fighting the Fight: Fibromylagia Explained

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that's thought to affect 2-5% of the American population. Symptoms include widespread muscle and joint pain, stiffness and fatigue. Diagnosis can be difficult,…

Measles 101: What You Need To Know

Questioning the measles vaccine recommendations? Think personal beliefs are a valid reason to skip vaccines for your child? Should you have one, even if you are an adult? Learn more…

It's In The Genes - Record Your Family Health History

In the digital age, understanding and documenting your family health history has never been as easy. With medical advances evolving at an ever increasing rate, it's also apparent that recording…

Oscar Buzz: How Eddie Redmayne Brought ALS To Hollywood

From the Ice Bucket Challenge to the film "The Theory of Everything", the progressive neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis has garnered wide exposure over the last year. Learn more about…

Take It Back: 11 Tips To Help Relieve Back Pain

50 billion dollars. That's how much back pain costs in the U.S. every year. So you'd think treatment would be pretty streamlined, right? Wrong. When it comes to sore backs,…

12 Things You Should Know About Xanax

Xanax, known generically as alprazolam, is commonly used for general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Alprazolam is a useful drug if taken properly, but prolonged use and use in the…

Winter Wellness: 10 Tips For Getting Through The Winter Months

Winter and sluggishness don't need to go hand in hand. Be kind to your body, follow our 10 tips, and give it the boost it needs to last you until…

Muscle Cramps: Is There Anything To Worry About?

A charley horse is common, and painful enough to sideline an athlete or awaken you from sleep. Knowing why a muscle cramps and what to do about it can get…

Seasoned Pro: Be Mindful of These Winter Health Hazards

From the flu to dry skin, winter can be hard on your health in general. Learn the common (and not so common) problems most likely to pop up when the…

2014 Most Read: 15 of the Top Trending Articles on Drugs.com

It's always nice to look back at the end of each year to see what we learned (or where we can improve). Take a look at the top trending articles…

Lifestyle Lessons: 10 Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To

New Year, New You. As another year rolls over it's a great time to take stock of your life and look at the direction this lifestyle is leading you. Making…

Great Expectations - 10 Hot Drug Approvals for 2015

Drug approvals seem to come more and more rapidly these days - here, check out 10 medications expected to reach marketing potential in 2015, and what analysts say about their…

The Demon Drink: Excess Alcohol Consumption and Your Health

We don't want to blow your good time, especially at this holiday time of the year, but here's a little reminder of the evils of excessive alcohol consumption. You know…

Aging Issues: 12 of the Most Common Health Concerns Affecting Seniors

Wrinkles and grey hairs are a natural part of the aging process but as you advance into your 'Golden Years' be mindful of some of the most common health concerns…

Counterfeit Drugs: One Million Reasons Why it's Essential to Get Yours Legitimately

Counterfeit drugs have developed into a serious global problem in recent years. These fraudulent, costly, and even toxic treatments can endanger the health of unsuspecting patients. Learn more about counterfeit…

Knowledge Center: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Over 1 million adult Americans are affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis with nearly three times as many women as men. Here's what you need to know about this complicated and debilitating…

14 Essential Health Screenings That All Men Should Consider

A screening takes place before you have any symptoms of a health condition. But it's tempting to skip health screenings, especially when you're a guy, but you shouldn't miss these…

Parkinson’s Disease - 10 Clinical Fast Facts

Research in the area of Parkinson's disease is expanding, but a disease-modifying drug to alter the course of the disease has yet to be found. Here, review updates on clinical…

2014 in Review: FDA-Approvals You Should Know About

Did you catch all of the groundbreaking and breakthrough therapy approvals in 2014? From life-saving treatments for hepatitis C to life-prolonging advancements for skin cancer, review the top FDA-approvals from…

Memos on Menopause - What Every Woman Needs to Know

Embracing 'the change' may be easier said than done but no matter how you approach menopause, the fact remains that it's an inevitable part of life.

Money, Money, Money - The 10 Most Expensive Medical Conditions To Treat

Health care costs in the US are high for many reasons. New technologies and new drugs, increased costs of health care services and an aging population are all causative factors.…

Bowled Over By Your Bowel: IBS Causes, Risk Factors and Treatments

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that is estimated to affect between 25 million and 45 million Americans. Read on to discover the causes, risk factors and treatment…

Emergency Contraception Laid Bare - The 10 Biggest Myths Revealed

Learn about the options for emergency contraception, understand your time limitations and possible mishaps, and review tips to make emergency contraceptive use less stressful.

The Ferocity of Chemotherapy - Does The End Justify The Means?

Chemotherapy and cancer - you rarely say one without the other. But today, chemotherapeutic agents are making great strides against cancer, and dealing with the side effects of treatments can…

Motives Behind The Mo: Raising The Profile Of Men's Health One Stache At A Time

The 11th month of every year all over the world has been renamed to Movember - yes that’s right Movember - named after the humble moustache. Movember is the month…

Breaking Down Bipolar Disorder - 12 Things You Need To Know

Recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Worried or scared about what this may mean? You needn't be. Although bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, it can be effectively treated and there's…

Viagra: 11 Interesting Facts That You Can't Help But Be Amazed By

Viagra, the world’s favorite little blue pill, has revolutionized treatment for erectile dysfunction. Despite its popularity, many of us don’t know much about Viagra. Read on for interesting facts and…

Setting The Record Straight: Erectile Dysfunction

Having some problems in the bedroom area but not sure if it's something you've done? We bust some myths about ED and set the record straight with a few truths.

Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves: How Prepared Are You?

Stock up on these medicine cabinet must-haves! From wound care to bug bites, see what's best to keep on-hand.

Health Insurance 101: Become An Expert to Save Healthcare Dollars

If you thought Obamacare enrollment was over, think again. On November 15th, 2014, you'll have the opportunity to re-enroll, pick a different plan, or choose a new plan if you…

6 Things Your Dorm Buddy Didn't Tell You About Adderall

Stressed about exams or an upcoming deadline? Perhaps a friend or colleague has suggested Adderall to boost your energy levels. But is this a smart drug or a nightmare in…

Foodborne Illness: The Thanksgiving Guest Nobody Invited

Foodborne illness, which can occur from food that is undercooked or left out to spoil, is a sure-fire way to interrupt a holiday party. Follow along with this slideshow to…

Debunking The Myths - HIV/Aids Unravelled

For the last 30 years HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) have been shrouded in myths and misconceptions that simply aren’t true. Read on as we attempt…

10 Common Sleep Disorders: Treatments and Truths

Insomnia, nightmares, teeth grinding? These disorders all occur at night and can keep you from getting the rest you need. Review the facts and how to deal with these disruptive…

Worried About Ebola? You’re More Likely to Get These 10 Serious Infections

While Ebola is a serious disease, it's important not to forget about other communicable diseases that may need your attention.

Lifestyle Lessons - 9 Tips For Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Type 2 diabetes and keeping your blood sugar levels in check can be challenging and at times overwhelming. It is like a three-way balancing act - the medications you…

Practical Parenting: Common Medical Conditions That May Affect Your Baby

Leaving the womb is a massive change of environment for your newborn. So it's not surprising there are a number of conditions more likely to happen to recently born babies.…

8 Essential Steps to Soothe a Sore Throat

Waking up with a throat that feels like it has been seared with a red hot poker is no fun. It's hard to eat, drink, or even just to swallow;…

Vaccination Safety: Your Questions Answered

Vaccines are a controversial subject. Search on the internet and you will find just as many reasons against vaccination as for it. So who is correct? We've looked at some…

Top 11 Truths About Narcotic Painkiller Meds

The news is full of information about prescription painkiller misuse and overdoses. But what would you do in an overdose situation for a friend or family member? And what about…

Welcome to Parenthood! 10 Things To Prepare Yourself For

There's nothing more exciting (and scary!) than the arrival of a new baby, especially if it's your first. Glossy magazines portray parenthood as all shiny and glamorous when it comes…

The Side Effects of Stress - 8 of the Most Common

Is your day busy from the time you wake up until the time your head hits the pillow? If you are busy at work, then come home full of family…

15 Prostate Cancer Facts You Simply Can't Ignore

If you've just recently learned you have prostate cancer, it's normal to feel anxious and concerned. But many men have a slower-growing form of prostate cancer, don't usually die from…

Heads Up: Your Concussion Questions Answered

Could you recognize the symptoms of concussion? When would you take somebody to the ED? Concussion is a serious injury that could affect you or your family at any time.…

Over the Counter Cold Remedies - Which One is Right For You?

Got a sneeze or a sniffle? Can't sleep at night for coughing? Confused about what is the best OTC to take? Let us help you make sense of those hundreds…

11 Signs of Alzheimer's Disease - Or Are You Just Getting Older?

Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. every 67 seconds, which equates to about 1,290 people per day. This memory-robbing disease currently affects more than 5 million Americans. And…

Top 10 Tips for Traveling With a Medical Condition

Holidays are exciting! Days off work, time to explore or read a book, the chance to discover new foods and meet new people. Wherever you are planning to go or…

Multiple Sclerosis: 13 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Did you know that multiple sclerosis (MS) has been reported as the leading cause of disability in young adults? MS, a nervous system disorder characterized by symptoms of visual difficulties,…

Aging Eyes - 8 Common Vision Problems Associated with Aging

Do you have to hold your book or newspaper at arms length just to read it? Is the glare of the sun torturous if you forget your sunglasses when outside?…

Easy On The Eye - 8 Tips for Maintaining Good Eyesight

How would you feel if you could no longer see the sunset, read a book or watch your children play? Our vision is a wonderful thing but we tend to…

12 Things You Should Know About Prednisone

Prednisone is a useful drug but is not without its side effects. Beat weight gain, sleeplessness and withdrawal symptoms by reading our 12 things you should know about prednisone.

Doctor Avoidance - 5 Reasons Why It's Not a Good Idea

Many of us are apprehensive about seeking medical attention, when we should, and have an endless list of excuses to put it off. Maybe it’s because we are too…

Asthma - 10 Things You Need To Do To Keep It In Check

Nine people die from asthma and 44,000 people have an asthma attack every day in America. Lessen your chances of becoming one of those statistics by following our ten ways…

Top 9 Symptoms Of Depression To Watch For

So you’ve been feeling a bit down lately and not your usual self. Perhaps you’ve recently lost your job, a close friend, or long-term partner? Perhaps nothing specific has really…

10 Common Symptoms That Should Never Be Ignored

Our body is an amazing, complex system. Made up of trillions of cells arranged into dozens of organs, miles of nerve cells, and a circulatory system that can stretch almost…

COPD - Could You Be At Risk?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive lung disease that makes breathing difficult due to lung airway obstruction. COPD is often a combination of bronchitis and emphysema. Early…

How to Manage Your Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) can have a negative impact on just about every part of your day (or night). OAB can affect your work, force you to miss out-of-doors activities, and…

HealthQuiz - Basics About Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Stroke recognition in your family members and loved ones can save their life and help to prevent life-changing disability. Do you know what to look for if you suspect someone…

Depression, the Risk of Suicide, and Treatment Options

The recent news of suicide in our society has left many of us searching for answers about this misunderstood disease. Education is a start. Depression affects roughly 10% of the…

Is it Safe to Give Human Medicine to Pets?

Our pets may be family, but they are not human when it comes to taking medicine. In fact, a few human drugs can act as poisons in pets and even…

Prescription Drug Addiction - Top 18 Facts for You and Your Family

You may have legal prescription drugs known for addiction right in your family medicine cabinet. Prescription medicine abuse and addiction is at an all-time high in the U.S. In fact,…

Atrial Fibrillation - Stroke Prevention Guidelines & Treatment Options

The American Academy of Neurology has released new 2014 stroke prevention guidelines for non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). In addition, novel blood thinning (anticoagulant) medications, such as dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto)…

2014 Update - First Time Brand-to-Generic Switches

While the impact of brand-to-generic switches in 2014 is not expected to approach the dollar savings seen in 2012, there are still some significant blockbusters losing their patents. Nexium, Lunesta,…

Insomnia Treatment with Non-Benzodiazepines Ambien, Lunesta & Sonata

The nonbenzodiazepine medications Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and their generics may be used for sleep when insomnia becomes a chronic problem. Follow along here slide-by-slide to review what may be sabotaging…

Flashback: FDA Drug Approvals 2013

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 27 New Molecular Entities (NMEs). According to the FDA, an NME contains an active ingredient that has not been previously…

2013 Drug News Round-Up - Top 20 Stories

Year 2014 is here, and it's a good time to reflect on the top drug and health stories in the past year - from major new drug approvals to healthcare…

18 Herbal Supplements with Risky Drug Interactions

Think that your herbal supplements are safe, harmless and 'all-natural'? You might want to think again. Follow along with this slideshow to learn about just a few of the thousands…

Harvoni, Sovaldi, Olysio and the Evolving Treatment of HCV

Hepatitis C virus, a blood-borne disease and leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver cancer, is at the center of an expanding treatment regimen. Recently, both the United States…

The Top 16 Myths About Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints in the body may be involved. The most common complaint is pain and…

Multiple Sclerosis: What's New in Treatment Options?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disorder characterized by symptoms of visual difficulties, muscle weakness, and fatigue. In MS, nerve coverings in the brain, eye and spinal cord are…

View Frightful (But Dead Serious) Drug Side Effects

Don't let unusual drug side effects haunt you. Every drug can be associated with side effects, but ones you don't count on can be alarming. As noted by the FDA,…

Top 11 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Flu Vaccine Now

Do you remember last year's flu season? Or maybe you'd rather not. No matter what you remember about last year, this year is a new year. It's time to get…

Fact or Fiction? The Top 15 Osteoarthritis Myths

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects over 27 million Americans. But is this condition simply one of growing old with limited movement and creaky bones? Or…

Does Your Child Have ADHD? Recognizing Signs & Treatment Options

Children are naturally spirited and can often stay on the run long past their bedtime. However, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have a different set of circumstances --…

Psoriasis - Treatment Options to Manage Your Symptoms

Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that leads to growth of red, raised and itchy plaques that are often embarrassing, too. Psoriasis can be isolated in a small area of…

Prediabetes - Am I at Risk?

Millions in the U.S. are at risk for early diabetes, defined as higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to lead to an official diagnosis of diabetes.…

Living with Your Migraines: Tips for Treatment and Prevention

Migraine headaches occur commonly and affect about 10 percent of the population. Almost 5 million in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month. There is no cure…

OTC Medication Use In Pregnancy: Wise or Worrisome?

Even a glowing mom-to-be can be disrupted by a cough, cold, or general aches and pains. While avoidance of medications in pregnancy is the best course of action, this is…

It’s Buggin’ Me! How to Safely Use an Insect Repellent

The summer is prime time for fun and sun -- but it’s also the time that crawling bugs and flying pests return. Along with the return of mosquitoes, ants, and…

Newly Approved Weight Loss Drugs - Can They Help You?

New weight loss medications have recently come into the marketplace - the first in over a decade. But are these pills the cure-all for the obesity epidemic in the U.S?…

How A Little Blue Pill Changed The World

You know the commercials. Attractive older couples, on the beach or in the woods, who just happen to have two antique bathtubs for soaking. It seems plausible. But in all…

Drug Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Are Your Options?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that leads to pain, swelling and destruction of joint tissues. RA usually occurs in people between the ages of 20 and 50…

Hitting the Beach? Soak Up These Top Sun Safety Tips

We all want to look good - especially in the spring and summer when warmer weather means it’s beach time. Getting that golden tan may be at the top of…

Need To Catch Some Shut-Eye? Tips on Getting the Sleep You Need

Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep is one of the most common medical complaints. Sometimes, just a few simple changes in lifestyle, exercise and sleep habits can make a big…

The Shocking Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rank antibiotic resistance as one of the top health concerns facing the nation. Misuse and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing has resulted in a…

Top 10 Money-Making Drugs of 2012

By definition, a blockbuster drug brings in over $1 billion in annual sales. Lipitor, the top selling drug in pharmaceutical history, is a familiar blockbuster that went the way of…

Hemorrhoids: A Common Ailment with Frequent Questions

In 2012, 'hemorrhoid' was the top trending health topic, having the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period of time. Online health information about this condition may be popular…

What is Asthma? Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. Over 20 million people in the U.S. have asthma and the related symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. The incidence of…

Top Prevention Tips - Seasonal Allergies

For many people, a changing season signals warmer or cooler weather, colorful blooms or leaves, and extra outside time. For others, a season change means a runny nose and eyes,…

New Drug Approvals in 2013 - What Was Hot, What Was Not

The FDA approved 27 new molecular entities in 2013. As the year draws to a close here's an opportunity to look back at the predicted blockbusters - and those that…

Can Prescription Drugs Lead to Weight Gain?

We all know that weight gain is a battle for many of us. So, gaining weight due to a required medication just does not seem fair. About 70 percent of…

First Time Generic Approvals in 2013

More brand name prescription drugs lose patent protection in 2013 as the patent cliff continues. Pharmaceutical researcher EvaluatePharma estimates over $290 billion in U.S. sales are at risk from patent…

Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Your Medication Costs

Let’s face it - talking about health care costs is not at the top of everybody's to-do list. But with patients being responsible for more out-of-pocket costs, it is important…

Grapefruit and Medicines - A Possible Deadly Mix?

From a historical perspective, the forbidden fruit is sometimes described as a sweet, red apple. Recent research bears evidence that grapefruit and grapefruit juice can react adversely with over 85…
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