Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.
"We want pregnant and breastfeeding women to have good information and to know that they are not alone and they don't have to sacrifice their wellbeing for their baby's health. We want to help them make good decisions with their health care providers."
People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.
Medications can be lifesaving and life-improving, but they often come with risks and side effects. Many people don't know how well their kidneys are functioning, so they don't realize that they may need to make modifications to their treatment regimen.
Learning about the world of clinical trials is akin to learning to speak a new language, and it can be overwhelming to both caregiver and care recipient -- especially in the middle of a health crisis. So here is a simple breakdown of the top 10 facts you need to know about clinical trials.
While Americans never have enjoyed access to so many pharmaceutical products with such life-sustaining and lifesaving properties, these drugs also have proven to be expensive -- prohibitively so for many -- and subject to shortages.
Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices.
As a hypertension specialist, I advocate healthy diet, reduction of sodium intake, and exercise, as a means to avoid or reduce medication. However, most people end up requiring medication, which is helping millions live a longer and healthier life.
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Being in a controlled trial means the participants are randomly assigned either an old drug or the new one in order to find out its benefits or risks. In the fast-changing world of medication, the FDA needs to revise the protocol.