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List of Drugs Older Adults Should Avoid

Ten types of medications should be avoided by older adults. Ten types of medications should be avoided by older adults. If you’re taking any of the following drugs, ask your doctor whether there are safer alternatives.

Drugs That Can Make You Sun Sensitive

Drugs That Can Make You Sun Sensitive

Ultraviolet light from the sun can make chemicals in some drugs interact with skin, leading to tissue damage. Here are some common sun-sensitizing drugs.

Medications That May Affect Gait

Medications That May Affect Gait

Some prescription drugs can cause side effects that lead to gait and balance changes, especially if you take four or more a day. Here’s a list of some.

Bad Reaction to a Product? Learn More From FDA

Bad Reaction to a Product? Learn More From FDA

If you’ve ever had a bad reaction to a food, supplement, or beauty product and wanted to learn more, the FDA is making it easier to find that information.

6 Tips for Traveling with Medication

Here’s what you need to know about packing your prescription drugs before you head off on your next trip.

Risky Drug Combinations

One in six older adults are at risk of a major drug-drug interaction. Here’s what you need to know to lower your risk.

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Why Using Just One Pharmacy Is a Good Idea

Your local pharmacist is trained to help you with medication issues: side effects and interactions you’re most likely to encounter.

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Medication Safety for Older Adults

For people ages 65 and older, drug safety takes on special importance. Older adults are more likely to experience side effects from prescription drugs than young people are, partly because of physiological changes in the body that commonly accompany ...

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Drug Side Effects: When Your Medicine Is to Blame

Bad reactions to medications result in more than 700,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Deal on Generic Drugs vs. Brand Names

Increasingly, Americans are using generic drugs: More than 80 percent of prescriptions in the United States are now for generics.