Medicine Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions Checker: Use this link to explore the side effects of taking multiple medications at the same time https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html.


Statins and Cardiovascular Disease: is there a better way? This article might enlighten.

Beginning 2012  with some brutal honesty. See this article on the increased use of prescription drugs.

Heartburn Medications

Purple Pill Myth. The ads are all over TV and magazines – if you have heartburn, you should take one of the acid reducing medications that are out there, preferably for the rest of your life. It’s true, acid reflux is dangerous and it is vital to stop it before it does permanent damage. But is a purple pill the answer you need?

Vioxx Recall

Once again, drugs have been recalled when new research with longer parameters than the last demonstrates concern for the drug’s safety.  The drug Vioxx was recalled after a three-year clinical trial showed a link with increased cardiovascular incidents.  Interestingly, the study was looking at the link between the drugs and another side effect, benign colon growths.

The drug has been widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  Estimates suggest that more than 84 million people worldwide have used the drug.  Vioxx was first approved for use in 1999.  And who wouldn’t want it approved?  Vioxx accounted for more than $2.5 billion in worldwide sales back in 2003!

This is the largest drug recall in history and, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, “a preventable debacle”  suggesting that initial discussions about Vioxx and cardiovascular incidents were first held in early 2001.

  Vioxx Questions and Answers

 

Think Medications Are Safe? Think Again