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Patients taking any of the widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be aware that they all have clinically important interactions with many other medications.
Patients taking any of the widely prescribed angiotensin receptor blockers used to treat hypertension, among other disorders, should be aware that they have clinically important interactions with many other commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common cause of hospitalization and in severe cases can result in death. Find out which commonly used medications can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.
Learn why the FDA in October 2020 warned that pregnant women in general should avoid using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) at about 20 weeks or later in pregnancy because of the rare risks of pregnancy complications and serious harm to an unborn baby.
Patients taking the commonly used blood thinner warfarin (COUMADIN, JANTOVEN) should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with numerous other prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as some dietary supplements.
For most people with hearing loss, the condition likely is age-related or due to long-term exposure to loud noise. But for some patients, the cause of the problem can be found in the medicine cabinet.
Most U.S. adults drink alcohol at least occasionally. Many also take prescription or over-the-counter drugs that have the potential to inter¬act adversely with alcohol. Avoid serious harm by knowing which drugs should not be taken in combination with alcohol.
Millions of Americans take anticoagulants on a long-term basis to prevent the formation of potentially harmful clots. Learn why such patients should avoid using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Read about the many prescription and over-the-counter medications that can interact in dangerous ways with clopidogrel, a widely used anti-platelet drug.
Summer is a terrific time for healthy outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, biking and swim¬ming. But for an unlucky few, certain medications can lead to adverse skin reactions following exposure to the sun. Find out whether you are at risk and how to protect yourself.
If you are one of the millions of patients in the U.S. who take blood thinners on a long-term basis to prevent potentially harmful clots in the heart, veins or arteries, read this article to learn why you should avoid taking NSAIDS or aspirin unless absolutely necessary.
Recent evidence points to increased acute kidney injury associated with combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with two antihypertensive drugs: a diuretic plus either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). Find out the names of these drugs. This is especially important for patients with hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease, because such patients are routinely treated with diuretics, ACE inhibitors and ARBs.
This article discusses the dangerous interactions that can occur when using methotrexate (TREXALL) with certain other drugs. See our list of 27 drugs you should never take with methotrexate.
This article lists a large number of drugs, used to treat high blood pressure and other carediovascular disease, that can interact harmfully with lithium (ESKALITH; LITHOBID; LITHONATE;generic lithium carbonate), drugs used to treat bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. This may result in a dangerous condition known as lithium toxicity because these drugs stop the body from getting rid of lithium and lithium blood levels are increased; in severe cases, this can cause seizures, coma and even death. The article also lists other symptoms of lithium toxicity.
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.
This article lists 68 drugs that can cause high blood potassium (hyperkalemia) that can result in nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness or tingling sensations, as well as heart abnormalities (showing up as an abnormal electrocardiogram). In some cases it can be fatal.
If you are taking any of these drugs, be especially careful if you have diabetes or kidney disease. If so, you are at increased risk, and your doctor will have to weigh the risk of giving you these drugs. Also, the older you are, the more likely you are to develop hyperkalemia. Also, make sure you are receiving appropriate laboratory monitoring.
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has issued new warnings for the painkiller/arthritis drug piroxicam (Feldene). The drug "was singled out for special review because piroxicam-containing medicines are associated with more gastro intestinal side effects and more serious skin reactions than other non-selective NSAIDs." In a series of published studies, in comparison to ibuprofen (ADVIL, MOTRIN), piroxicam was between 2.8 and 7.1 times more likely to be associated with severe gastrointestinal toxicity, defined as bleeding, ulceration or perforation. No other NSAID was as consistently as high in gastrointestinal risk as piroxicam. We continue to recommend that this uniquely dangerous drug be classified as Do Not Use.
The British equivalent of our Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the April 2002 issue of its newsletter Current Problems in Pharmacovigilance, published a ranking of the relative gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity of some of the widely used older nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs are commonly used for acute pain and the treatment of the symptoms of osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.