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 presc…

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  • Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems

    Digoxin is a medicine used to treat certain heart problems such as heart failure.

  • Diethylstilbestrol

    Diethylstilbestrol, or DES, is a synthetic form of estrogen given to millions of pregnant women from 1938-1971 to prevent complications…

  • Chronic Pain Medicines

    Chronic pain can last from 3 months to many years. Medicines to treat it include pain relievers, antidepressants, and…

  • Cholesterol-lowering Medicines

    Lowering your "bad" cholesterol can reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. There are several medicines used…

  • Chickenpox Vaccine

    Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be very serious. Beginning at 12 months old, almost everyone should have the chickenpox…

  • 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…

  • Asthma | Medicines That Can Make It Worse

    If you have asthma, it’s important to know about medicines that might cause problems before you take them.

  • Antihistamines

    Antihistamines are medicines that help alleviate allergy symptoms. You can take over-the-counter antihistamines, or your doctor may prescribe one.

  • Antibiotics: When They Can and Can't Help

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

  • Acne | Isotretinoin

    Isotretinoin is a medicine used to treat very bad acne. It is usually used for cystic acne that did not…