Most of us have grown used to taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, even if it's a daily aspirin now prescribed to many people as they age, or allergy medications for hay fever or animal allergies. In general, these drugs have been proven safe when taken as directed, or they wouldn't have gained approval to be sold without a prescription.
The danger lies in that OTC drugs are often taken without any thought at all that these are, indeed, drugs , and that they need to be included on your list of medications so that your doctor knows what you are taking. The same advice hold true for nutritional supplements.
We need to be aware that all drugs have side effects. Side effects aren't always bad. In fact, at times, a side effect is so beneficial for some people that the drug is prescribed for that very reason.
However, the side effects of many drugs are negative, and cumulative effects can cause symptoms that could mimic memory problems, among other issues. A blog post co...
Researchers at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University have published the results of their recent study, which showed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the effectiveness of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants.
NSAIDs include over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen as well as prescriptions drugs such as Celebrex, Daypro, diclofenac, etodolac, ketoprofen, meloxicam, Mobic, Naprosyn, Relafen, Toradol, Voltaren, etc.
You may be wondering what this study has to do with chronic pain. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed as a treatment for chronic pain because they help increase serotonin, which is important for pain modulation. If NSAIDs prevent antidepressants from being effective for depression, they may also interfere with the ability of antidepressants to reduce pain. Study Design and Results Scientists first tested their theory on mice...
THURSDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who combine Prozac
and similar antidepressants with migraine drugs called triptans run
the risk of a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The antidepressants, which also include Zoloft, Paxil and
Lexapro, are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). The FDA said on Wednesday that it probably would recommend
changes to the drugs' labels as more information became available,
the Associated Press reported.
In a second warning, the FDA said babies born to mothers who
take SSRIs are at significantly greater risk of a dangerous lung
problem called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The
condition causes high blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels,
restricting oxygen intake into the bloodstream, the AP reported.
The condition affects one or two babies per 1,000 born.
The FDA urged makers of the antidepressants to change their
labels to include information about ...
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