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Penicillin Allergy Testing May Reduce ‘Superbug’ Risk, Study Says

People who are allergic to penicillin are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics, increasing antibiotic resistance and their risk for serious drug-resistant infections, but fewer than 1 percent of people believed to be allergic to penicillin are tested.

By Diane Domina

FDA Plans Updates to Prescription Drug Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to make changes to the indications and usage section of drug and biological product labels.

By Diane Domina

Birth Control Side Effects: A Guide

Some side effects have severe consequences; others are merely annoying. Be aware of all of them.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Back Pain? Sciatica? Skip the Anticonvulsants

The use of anticonvulsant drugs like gabapentin, topiramate, and pregabalin to treat chronic low back has significantly increased in recent years – as much as 535 percent – even though there’s limited research supporting this practice.

By Diane Domina

Treat-to-Target for Psoriatic Arthritis?

The treat-to-target strategy has been used widely for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Now it’s being considered for psoriatic arthritis, as well. Learn more.

By Casey Nilsson

Switching MS Medications: What You Need to Know

When do you switch your MS medication? How do you measure your treatment’s effectiveness? A woman with MS shares her experience and advice. Tune in to know when to make a change.

By Jackie Zimmerman

FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug

The FDA has approved the first medication containing a purified substance derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. This medicine, called Epidiolex (cannabidiol [CBD]) oral solution is approved to treat Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.

By Diane Domina

Can Antibiotics Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For a small group of people living with RA, who have low disease activity, antibiotics may do the trick for treatment.

By Lene Andersen

“Fatty Liver” Possible Side Effect of Methotrexate

If you are taking methotrexate and battling extra weight, you could be at risk of developing a fatty liver, which can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

By Lene Andersen

The Consequences of Taking Antibiotics and Methotrexate at The Same Time

It is very important to avoid taking antibiotics and methotrexate at the same time for these two reasons.

By Lene Andersen