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DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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Adrenal Steroids
There are three types of adrenal steroids: mineralocorticoids, which maintain sodium and potassium balance in the body, glucocorticoids, and male sex steroids (although most male sex hormones are produced in the testicles). Our Web site only considers glucocorticoids.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Taking These Medications With Grapefruit Can Be Dangerous!
June 2019
Read about the many prescription drugs that can interact in dangerous ways with grapefruit or grapefruit products.
Systemic Corticosteroids Ineffective for Low Back Pain
February 2019
Low back pain is a frequent reason for outpatient and emergency room visits among adults. Read why treatment with corticosteroids is a poor choice for treating this common condition.
Study Suggests Frequent Improper Use of Systemic Corticosteroids for Respiratory Illnesses
December 2018
In this article we discuss new research showing that patients with acute respiratory illnesses too often are treated inappropriately with corticosteroid drugs, exposing them to unnecessary risks.
Drugs That Cause Weight Gain
December 2017
Weight gain is an adverse event associated with many widely used medications and may lead to significant overweight and obesity, especially in susceptible individuals. Find out which drugs have this adverse effect.
Owner, Lead Compounding Pharmacist of Drugmaker Linked to Meningitis Outbreak Charged With Murder
April 2015
In December 2014, a federal grand jury in Boston indicted 14 executives and employees of a Massachusetts compounding phar¬macy on 131 criminal charges in connec¬tion with a deadly nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Learn the shocking details of how the company put the lives of thousands of patients around the country at risk.
Do Not Use Steroid Injections for Back Pain
July 2014
Steroid injections are very commonly used to treat back pain. Find out why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group now recommends against such treatment.
Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Highlights the Dangers of Compounding Pharmacies
December 2012
Public Citizen has a long history of opposing the dangerous under-regulation of large-scale pharmacy compounders such as the New England Compounding Center, which is at the center of the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated injectable steroids. Learn how this current nationwide disaster, and its related deaths, could have been prevented.
Update on Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions
July 2012
This article updates and expands our earlier list of drugs that can have harmful interactions with grapefruit juice. The list now includes 82 different drugs.
Corticosteroid Drug Interactions
November 2010
This article discusses 36 drugs that, when used by people also using a corticosteroid, can either cause toxic interactions with the steroid or decrease the steroid's effectiveness.
Drug-induced Cognitive Impairment: Part 2: Delirium and Dementia
April 2009
This second article about drug-induced dementia or delirium lists and discusses an additional 79 drugs that can cause these reversible kinds of mental deterioration. The two articles collectively review 136 drugs that can cause these serious side effects, especially in older people.
Drug-Induced Eye Toxicity: 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease
April 2008
This article, based on a recent review in Drug Safety, lists 62 prescription drugs that can cause eye disease. The range of drug-induced eye diseases includes diseases of the eyelids, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal damage and optic nerve damage. As is true for drug-induced diseases in other parts of the body, you should consider newly developed eye symptoms beginning shortly after starting a new medication to be possibly drug-induced and consult a physician.
Grapefruit Juice and Prescription Drugs: Some Dangerous Interactions
February 2004
The January 5th issue of the Medical Letter, a widely respected source of independent information about pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, has a review of the increasingly researched problem of the interaction between grapefruit juice and many prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Like most interactions between chemicals in the body, this one involves the impairment, by grapefruit juice, of the body’s ability to metabolize many drugs, leading to higher than expected — and sometimes dangerous — levels of these drugs.This article lists the drugs.
Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interactions
June 2002
Grapefruit juice can interact with a number of therapeutically important drugs that could lead to the possibility of toxicity. These drugs are listed in the article.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC CITIZEN

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Petition Requesting Warnings on the Labels of Glucocorticosteroids (HRG Publication #1958)
The FDA should immediately require that the labels for all brands of prednisone and other glucocorticosteroids currently on the market in the U.S. be revised to include central serous chorioretinopathy as one of the ophthalmic adverse reactions reported with these medications if not already included. The FDA should also ensure that other important information regarding the use and safety of these medications is presented in a consistent manner across all labels.