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A blood pressure medication is recalled for being carcinogenic

A few months ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled several generic blood pressure medications manufactured by Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Since then, over 104 lots of valsartan tablets and valsartan-combo tablets have been recalled. Regulators have found that the often-prescribed heart drug actually contains a carcinogen.

How dangerous are attention deficit disorder drugs?

Have you been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Millions of people have been diagnosed by their doctors with ADHD. The thing is, this medical condition doesn't have a "test," per se. You can't take a blood exam to definitively know if you have this illness. Nevertheless, by asking a few questions, your doctor may decide to prescribe you medicine — a highly addictive drug — to improve your condition.

The most dangerous prescription medications are addictive ones

If you were asked why people die from taking prescription drugs, you'd likely say it's because they take them differently from how they're prescribed or take something that was for someone else. That's often not the case though. Many individuals either become injured or die by taking medications exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Those who do either become addicted or have an adverse side effect to them.

Children's Advil Recall

Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.

Are Generic Drugs Worth the Savings?

Everyone likes to save money and especially when you have to pick up the same prescription every month, those medications add up. Doctors like to prescribe generic versions of drugs because it saves the patient money and contains the same active ingredient as the original manufacturer. But other manufacturers use different processes, resulting in different inactive ingredients, which do not have to be the same as the original medication. Generic versions of a drug used to stabilize blood pressure and prevent heart failure are being recalled in 22 countries because one of the ingredients poses a potential cancer risk.

The Federal Drug Administration fast tracks many unsafe drugs

Some health care watchdog groups are concerned about how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started releasing potentially dangerous drugs on the market. Two of the drugs that have recently been fast tracked include the gout medication Uloric and one for Parkinson's named Nuplazid. Both have been criticized for causing significant side effects.

Conquered Cancer yet Still Struggling to Regrow Hair?

Taxotere (generic name Docetaxel) has had more than its intended effect of treating cancer in over 75% of the women who have taken the drug. After experiencing the arduous process of chemotherapy with Taxotere, some women are discovering that the unfortunate side effect of hair loss (alopecia) has become permanent.

Prescription drug and food combinations that cause side effects

Some 70 percent of all Americans take prescription drugs on a daily basis. At least 50 percent take at least two. Many patients trust their doctors or pharmacists to tell warn them about potential side effects of taking a drug, including mixing it with other medications, drinking or driving. These professionals, however, rarely warn about the implications of consuming these drugs alongside certain foods. By not doing so, patients are put at risk for suffering serious injuries or death.

What psychotropic drugs are known to cause birth defects?

Billions of dollars are spent on medical research every year in the United States and abroad. For the most part, the knowledge that's come out this research has made it possible for medications to be developed that have allowed countless individuals to live both longer and more fulfilling lives. For some people taking prescription drugs, however, they experience either complications or death instead of benefits.

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