Imagine living in pain for years only to find out that one of your medications is the reason that you are in pain. Medications are supposed to help not hurt, right? Unfortunately, some commonly used drugs can cause pain, even the ones available without a prescription. Some cause headaches, others cause foot pain. Where ever there is pain, a medication could be the root cause of it.
Two of the top five medications that cause pain are available over-the-counter, without a prescription, without physician guidance. You might be unaware that your pain could be related to these medications that are under your control.
Caffeine-containing medications (including Excedrin, Midol, Anacin): If you are experiencing headaches and you are also using a caffeine-containing medication more than two or three times per week, your headaches might be caused by these over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These drugs can cause “ rebound headaches ” because the brain screams for more when the...
Generic Name: MULTIVITAMINS (INCLUDES PRENATAL VITAMINS) -
ORAL Right Step Prenatal Vitamins Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to any of its ingredients; or if you have any other
allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as soy found in
some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to
your pharmacist for more details.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
use/abuse of alcohol
stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcer, colitis)
If your brand of multivitamin also contains folic acid, be
sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have vitamin B12 deficiency
(pernicious anemia) before taking it. Folic acid may affect certain laboratory
tests for vitamin B12 deficiency without treating this anemia. Untreated
vitamin B12 deficiency may...
Diarrhea is a condition where you have loose, watery stools more than 3 times in 1 day. You may also have cramps, bloating, and nausea, and feel like you urgently need to have a bowel movement. Diarrhea happens when the water in your intestine is not being absorbed back into your body.
Several breast cancer treatments can cause diarrhea:
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant), a hormonal therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab) and Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), targeted therapies
Bisphosphonates, medicines taken by some women to strengthen their bones during and after breast cancer treatment, also can cause diarrhea. The most common bisphosphonates are:
Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium)
Actonel (chemical name: risedronate)
Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate)
Aredia (chemical name: pamidronate disodium)
Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid)
Bonefos (chemical name: clodronate)
Diarrhea is also a common side effect of many pain medicines, including ib...
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