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  • Drug-Food Interactions

    A drug-food interaction occurs when your food and medicine interfere with one another. Learn how to avoid interactions.

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  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Treatment for Arrhythmia

    An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a type of medical device. It helps treat arrhythmias and prevent cardiac arrest.

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  • Organizing Your Medicines

    If you take a lot of different medicines, you need to keep them organized. That way you won’t forget to…

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  • Nicotine Patch

    A nicotine patch is a type of nicotine replacement therapy that can help you quit smoking. It releases a small…

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  • Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies?

    Allergy shots, or allergen immunotherapy, are a type of treatment to relieve chronic allergy symptoms, such as pollen, mold, or…

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  • Heart Attack | Medicines to Treat Heart Attack

    After you have a heart attack, there are many medicines that can help you recover and prevent you from having…

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  • Antibiotics: When They Can and Can't Help

    Antibiotics are medicines prescribed by your doctor to treat infections. Overuse can lead to antibiotic resistance.

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  • Antihistamines: Understanding Your OTC Options

    Antihistamine medications help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. Learn more about first-generation and second-generation antihistamines.

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  • Pain Relievers: Understanding Your OTC Options

    Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you manage aches and pains without a prescription from your doctor. There are several types…

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  • Beta-Blockers for Heart Problems

    Beta-blockers are medicine used to treat heart problems and high blood pressure. Learn the benefits and side effects of taking…

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  • How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler

    A metered-dose inhaler is a hand-held device that contains medicine to open the airways in people with asthma and other…

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  • Echinacea: What Should I Know About It?

    Echinacea is a flowering plant also called coneflower. It is a popular herbal remedy used to prevent or treat symptoms…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure that sends electric currents into the brain. It is used to treat severe mental…

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  • Prostate Cancer | Pros & Cons of PSA Testing

    Learn about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening, and why some doctors believe it does more harm than…

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  • Surgery for Obesity

    Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) involves surgically reducing the size of your stomach so that your body absorbs less of…

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  • Types of Antidepressants

    Antidepressants are a group of medicines that treat depression. Learn about the kinds and talk to your doctor to see…

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  • CPAP Devices for Sleep Apnea

    CPAP is a medical device to treat sleep apnea. It includes a mask, tubes, and a fan that forces air…

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  • How to keep your children safe from prescription drugs

    Practice safe behaviors to prevent children from accidental or uninformed use of over-the-counter medicine or prescription drugs.

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  • Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Opioid Drugs | Printable Patient Tip Sheet

    Printable page for patient counseling on safe use, storage, and disposal of opioid drugs

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  • Over-The-Counter (OTC) Dosing & Safe Storage for Children

    Information about dosing, safe storage, and disposal of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine for children.

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