Prescription Medicines

When you get a prescription medicine from a doctor, you likely know what the medicine is for, but do you know how it is going to work? Learn about common prescription medicines, how they work, and foods, medicines or activities you should avoid while taking them. The more you know about your prescription medicine, the better it will work.

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  • Acne | Isotretinoin

    Learn about isotretinoin, a prescription treatment for acne.

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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

    Learn about antihistamines and how to safely take your prescription antihistamine.

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  • Asthma | Medicines That Can Make It Worse

    Some medicines might make your asthma symptoms worse. Learn what medicines might cause problems before you take them.

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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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  • Chickenpox Vaccine

    Medical information about the chickenpox vaccine from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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  • Cholesterol-lowering Medicines

    Learn what medicines your doctor may prescribe to help lower your cholesterol levels.

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  • Chronic Pain Medicines

    Learn about the medicines used to treat chronic pain (pain that lasts a long time), including acetaminophen, NSAIDs and…

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  • Diethylstilbestrol

    Information about the effects of exposure to diethylstilbestrol, a medicine given to pregnant women from 1938 to 1971.

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  • Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems

    Learn how to safely take digoxin, a medicine used to treat certain heart problems.

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  • Drug Reactions

    Learn what you need to know about your medicines to help prevent adverse drug reactions.

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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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  • Drug-Food Interactions

    Many medicines can be affected by what you eat and when you eat it. Learn what you need to know…

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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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  • High Blood Pressure Medicines

    Learn about medicines used to treat high blood pressure.

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  • How Grapefruit Interacts with Certain Drugs: Drug-Food Interactions

    Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice affects how your body metabolizes certain medicines. Learn what you need to know about…

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  • How to Get the Most From Your Medicine

    Learn what you need to know about your medicines to make sure you take them correctly.

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  • How to Give Your Child Medicine

    Learn what parents should know in order to safely give prescription and nonprescription medicine to children.

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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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  • How to Safely Take Antidepressants

    Learn the safest ways to take antidepressants.

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