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  • desloratadine (CLARINEX)
    We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is merely a breakdown product, and no more safe and effective, than another drug that was losing patent protection.
  • montelukast (SINGULAIR); zafirlukast (ACCOLATE)
    We list these drugs as Do Not Use drugs because they are less effective than other drugs and can cause blood vessel inflammation, liver disease, lupus and recurrences of ulcerative colitis.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • Another Look at First-Generation Antihistamines [hide all summaries]
    (May 2016)
    Last month, we discussed the risks and benefits of second- and third-generation antihistamines for treatment of nasal allergies. In this second of a two-part series, we explain why first-generation or "sedating" antihistamines are not a safe option for managing nasal allergies.
  • Drug Mix-Ups [hide all summaries]
    (June 2011)
    This article lists 355 drugs with names that are often confused with similar-sounding drug names. Find out what you can do to prevent getting the wrong drug.
  • Drug-Induced Cognitive Impairment: Part One [hide all summaries]
    (March 2009)
    The article lists 57 different drugs that can cause dementia if used. This can be even more problematic if more than one of these drugs is being taken. These drugs are only one class of drugs that can cause mental deterioration and next month's issue will discuss additional drugs that can also impair thinking.
  • Cutting Your Drug Bill While Reducing Your Risk Of Avoidable Adverse Drug Reactions: Six Examples [hide all summaries]
    (February 2005)
    This article will look at the potential savings for the individual consumer if the alternative treatments recommended in Worst Pills, Best Pills were used for six DO NOT USE drugs. All six are listed in the Drug Topics Magazine Top 200 selling drugs in U.S. in 2003. The drugs are: celecoxib (CELEBREX) used for arthritis and pain; the Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil (ARICEPT); drospirenone with ethinyl estradiol (YASMIN 28), an oral contraceptive; esomeprazole (NEXIUM) the “new purple pill” for heartburn; montelukast (SINGULAIR), a drug approved for both asthma and hay fever; and valdecoxib (BEXTRA), an arthritis drug very similar to celecoxib.The combined sales of these six DO NOT USE drugs was $8.1 billion with more that 75 million prescriptions dispensed in 2003.
  • DO NOT USE! Asthma Drug Montelukast (SINGULAIR) For The Treatment Of Hay Fever [hide all summaries]
    (November 2003)
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on January 23, 2003, approved the asthma drug montelukast (SINGULAIR) for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in adults and children two years of age and older. Montelukast is a member of a family of drugs known as leukotriene inhibitors.You should not use montelukast for the treatment of hay fever symptoms because of its meager effectiveness and exorbitant cost.

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