Medicine can make our lives better in so many ways. They can help relieve pain, increase our lifespan, and ease the symptoms of colds and flus. Medicines come in all different forms, from new nanotechnology to liquid medications, to over the counter medicines and prescriptions given by doctors. Read about new medicines, how to administer them to the elderly and children, and what signs to look for in teen medicine abuse.
Living With More Than One Health Problem-Dealing With Medicines
When you have more than one health problem,it usually means that you need at least a few medicines. Dealing with medicines can be one of the harder parts of your care. Medicines can save your life,but they can also harm you. You have to track them,know how to take them,and perhaps deal with side effects. You and all your doctors need to be aware of all the medicines you are taking. This ...
WebMD provides a list of allergy medications available in the U.S.
Pharmacy and Medication Tips
WebMD offers tips for filling prescriptions and keeping medicine stored safely.
Pain (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-Using Drugs to Control Pain
To treat pain, it must be measured. The patient and the doctor should measure pain levels at regular intervals after starting cancer treatment. Checks should be done at each clinic visit, at each new report of pain, soon after starting any type of treatment for pain, and at regular intervals as the pain treatment continues. The cause of the pain must be identified and treated promptly. Patient Self-ReportTo help the health care provider determine the type and extent of the pain, cancer patients can describe the location and intensity of their pain, any aggravating or relieving factors, and their goals for pain control. The family/caregiver may be asked to report for a patient who has a communication problem involving speech, language, or a thinking impairment. The health care provider should help the patient describe the following:Pain: The patient describes the pain, when it started, how long it lasts, and whether it is worse during certain times of the day or night. Location: The
How to Make Smart Medication Choices
Find out how to talk to your doctor about choosing medicines that work best for your lifestyle and won't break your budget.
How to Deal With Side Effects of Medicine
Tips for keeping medication side effects from putting a damper on your life.
What Are Rebound Headaches?
“Rebound” headaches can happen if you overuse some headache medicines. Find out why they happen and how to avoid them.
Why Is My Allergy Medicine Not Working Anymore?
If you aren’t getting the results you’re used to from your go-to allergy medication, you’ll want to know why so you can get relief.
Changes in How New Drugs Are Tested
Janet Woodcock, MD, discusses the FDA’s new plans for evaluating new drugs.
Non-Prescription Meds for Cold & Flu
When you’re sick, you don't want to go shopping for medicine. Find out how you can be prepared before you get sick.
Drugs vs. Supplements
What’s the difference between drug and supplement regulation?
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Keep Your Medicines Straight
Get tips on keeping tracking of when and how to take your medications.
Slideshow: Steroids: What Are They? How Do You Take Them? What Are The Side Effects?
They've gotten a bad rap over the years due to some athletes using them illegally, but steroids can help treat a variety of health conditions. Learn about the different types and what they do.
Slideshow: What’s on a Medicine Label?
Do you know what all the info on your over-the-counter meds means? Here’s a breakdown of the most important parts of a drug label.
There are many different kinds of pill splitters available. However, most work similarly: Place the pill in the slot and close the lid. A small blade precisely cuts the pill in half. The halves can be easily swept into the open box and picked up. ...