Common Painkillers May Be Harming Your Hearing

Here’s another reason to limit the use of common painkillers: a higher risk of hearing loss. Many of us pop up to eight pills a day of aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil) or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) in accordance with the daily maximums noted on the pill bottles. These are over-the-counter drugs, after all, presumed safe. The consequences can be far more significant. Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen (such as Aleve) are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and they have a host of side …

Anti-Cancer Gel May Be Safer Than Pill

For women with an early form of breast cancer, the oral drug tamoxifen can help prevent a recurrence, but the pill also has serious side effects. Could a tamoxifen skin gel, applied directly to the breast, avoid the side effects while still blocking the cancer cells? The answer may be yes, according to a small, but intriguing new study by researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Both the skin gel and the pill versions of tamoxifen delivered the …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Buying dietary supplements online is easy and popular, but using Reumofan, a Mexican product marketed online to relieve arthritis and joint pain, can cause dangerous side effects, including liver injury, internal bleeding, stroke and death, the government warns. The Food and Drug Administration has been issuing warnings since 2012 that this so-called “natural” supplement actually contains three powerful prescription drug ingredients, including a corticosteroid that can affect blood sugar levels and impair the body’s ability to fight off infection, and …

Choosing An Antidepressant? It’s The Side Effects That Matter

When it comes to choosing one of the newer antidepressants, a study has found they’re all basically the same — except for their side effects. Researchers looked at 13 antidepressants — including such popular ones as Cymbalta, Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft — and found that they’re all equally effective at treating depression. “They’re interchangeable except for side effects,” David Schlager, of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, told USA Today. As of 2005, some 27 million Americans had taken antidepressants, …