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  • Dangers of Taking Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Together [hide all summaries]
    (September 2011)
    Find out how using a combination of two drugs, one from each of these two families, can increase the risks of kidney toxicity and dangerously higher blood levels of potassium compared to use of one of these two families of drugs alone. The article lists 10 different drugs in the first class and seven in the second class. Worse yet, most of the patients in the study were prescribed the combination to treat conditions for which the combination has not proven to be beneficial.
  • 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.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Can Make Blood Pressure Hard to Control [hide all summaries]
    (February 2009)
    Twenty different NSAIDS (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs) are listed in this article that can adversely affect your blood pressure control. The article discusses the way in which this happens and what you can do about it.
  • Don't Get Sold By Drug Ads on TV, Says Study [hide all summaries]
    (May 2007)
    Not only does this study find that consumer drug ads are not educational, it also says that the ads may oversell the benefits of the drugs and could put the public health in danger. For example, of the 24 drugs included in this advertising study, seven are listed as Do Not Use in Worst Pills, Best Pills publications. You should not rely on direct-to-consumer television advertisements as a source of drug information.
  • DO NOT USE UNTIL 2011 Eplerenone (INSPRA) For High Blood Pressure [hide all summaries]
    (December 2003)
    This statement appears in the professional product labeling, or package insert, for eplerenone: “The principal risk of INSPRA is hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia can cause serious, sometimes fatal, arrhythmias (heart rhythm disturbances).”

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