OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS

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Study: Supplements Put Chemotherapy Patients at Risk for Serious Medication Interaction

The use of herbs and supplements remains prevalent among patients with cancer and may place them at risk for potential medication interactions both during chemotherapy and after the completion of treatment.

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Getting the Most Out of Over-the-Counter Medicines

Pain relievers, cough suppressants, nasal sprays – these and other over-the-counter medicines are supposed to help us feel better when we have minor illnesses. But do these medicines really work?

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Cold Sores: Best Treatments To Ease the Pain

Cold sores can be uncomfortable and the changes they cause in appearance can be a source of embarrassment. The good news is a cold sore is not a serious medical condition, and there are things you can do to make them less painful.

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Are You Giving Your Child the Right Dose of Acetaminophen?

In this Q and A, UH pediatrician Douglas Hackenberg, MD, answers three often-asked questions about how much of this common over-the-counter medicine is appropriate for which ages.

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Acid Reflux: How To Know When You Need More Than Medicine

Do you take over-the-counter medicine for heartburn? If you’re taking antacids or H2 blockers more than once a week to ease your pain, there may be a better, long-term solution for your symptoms.

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Feeling the Need to Detox? Here's the Real Truth

Detox diets, regimens and supplements are supposed to rid your body of toxins acquired from food, lifestyle or the environment. But what does the research say about detoxes and cleanses? Are these methods and supplements safe?

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Baby's Teeth Coming In? You Can Relieve Teething Pain Safely Without Medicine

Six simple solutions to give your baby teething pain relief without using any medicine -- either prescribed or over-the-counter.

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How Much Ibuprofen is Too Much?

If you pull a muscle while running, are experiencing menstrual cramps or have a killer headache, you’re likely to reach for an ibuprofen pill, such as Advil or Motrin, to reduce the inflammation and quash the pain. When taken correctly,...

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