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I received an email last week from a woman who was worried that her mother was being over-medicated. She had a point. We discussed the fact that the mother should get all of her prescriptions in the same place. This is smart for anyone, as when all of your medications are in one computer system at one pharmacy, the system should catch any interactions.
What the systems don't catch, however, are all the over-the-counter medications we take. As our emails flew back and forth, I was able to gather from the concerned daughter that her mother was good about getting her prescriptions at one drugstore, but she still had a feeling that something was amiss. She felt her mother was too groggy in the morning for someone who'd had a good night's sleep. She told me her mother had a recent checkup, and that her doctor couldn't explain the problem.
I asked if the doctor reviewed all of her medications, and she said that he had. Then I asked her about her mother's attit...
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...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
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