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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Reactions

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may be available without a prescription, but that doesn't mean they don't come with potential risks. Here's advice on how to reduce your risk of adverse effects from OTC meds, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: Only take an OTC medication if you really need it. Check with your doctor before you take such medication. Read product labels to ...

Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause. Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton ...

Ah-Choo! Sneeze 'Cloud' Quickly Covers a Room, Study Finds

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Just in time for cold and flu season, a new study finds the average human sneeze expels a high-velocity cloud that can contaminate a room in minutes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came to that conclusion by analyzing videos of two healthy people sneezing about 50 times over several days. It's well known that sneezes can spread infectious ...

Prepare Yourself for Cold, Flu Season

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Cold and flu season has arrived, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from infection, an expert says. "People over the age of 65 should get a high-dose flu shot. People under the age of 65 should get a regular flu shot. People who are under 65 and allergic to eggs should get nasal flu spray," Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine in ...

Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and think surgery is the only way to end your misery, new research suggests that's not always the case. Sticking with treatments that can include nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines may be as effective as surgery in helping some patients achieve a better quality of life, the small study found. Among 38 patients with ...

Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children – particularly those with underlying health conditions – though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates. Comparing two groups of more than 350 children – one set had suffered "ischemic" clot-based strokes and the other had not – researchers found that those with stroke were six times ...

Is It a Cold or an Allergy?

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their child has a cold or hay fever, but there are ways to distinguish between the two, experts say. "Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," Dr. ...

Avoid Medication Overdoses in Children

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – Medications for children – even those you can buy over-the-counter – can be dangerous if a child is given too much, one expert says. That's why pharmacist Sheila Goertemoeller, of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center, wants parents and other caregivers to know how to safely administer these drugs. Before giving medication to children, parents should ...

Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

Posted 19 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 – Over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients – phenylephrine and acetaminophen – might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors, New Zealand researchers warn. These side effects occur because acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) boosts the effects of phenylephrine, according to a report ...

Fewer ER Visits for Kids After Cold Medicine Restrictions

Posted 11 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 11 – Restrictions placed on cough and cold medicines may be working, with fewer young children ending up in the ER because of bad side effects tied to the drugs, new research shows. The drop in kids' illnesses came about after drug manufacturers voluntarily withdrew cough and cold medications for this age group from the market in 2007, and after drug labeling changes put in place in ...

Many Parents Give Kids Cold Medicines When They Shouldn't, Survey Finds

Posted 23 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 23 – More than 40 percent of American parents give over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to kids under age 4 even though they're too young for such products, a new survey finds. In young children, these medicines can cause allergic reactions, increased or uneven heart rate, slow and shallow breathing, confusion or hallucinations, drowsiness or sleeplessness, convulsions, ...

Know What's in Your Child's Medications, FDA Warns

Posted 17 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 17 – It's the time of year when cold season and allergy season overlap, and parents need to know the active ingredients in the medicines they give their children for these conditions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Taking more than one medicine at a time could cause serious health problems if the drugs have the same active ingredient, which is the component that makes ...

Health Tip: Alcohol Can Interact With Medications

Posted 25 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter medications may seem safer because they don't require a prescription. But they can still interact badly when alcohol enters the mix. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these popular medications that may have adverse effects if mixed with alcohol: NSAID pain relievers, which may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding if taken while consuming as few as two alcoholic ...

Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number ...

FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Posted 2 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it plans to remove about 500 unapproved prescription cough, cold, and allergy medicines from pharmacy shelves. These drugs have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, and they may be riskier to take than approved over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that treat these same conditions, agency officials ...

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