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October 2005 Archive

Published on Oct 26, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Drug Warning Labels

Do you know what the labeling on your prescription bottle means? If you answered ‘no,’ you’re not alone. Research shows many people are confused about the meaning of their prescription labels.

Published on Oct 25, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Child taking medication

Heeding warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), parents are doing their homework on antidepressants. A year after black-box warning labels linked antidepressant usage in children to suicidal behavior, the use of the drugs to treat childhood depression is declining.

Published on Oct 21, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Impotence Drugs

Viagra and other impotence drugs may cure a man's sexual problems, but could cost him his vision. This is why Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocacy group, wants the black-box warning added to impotence drug labels. The black-box label is the most serious warning given to prescription drugs.

Published on Oct 19, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Medical Treatment

If you were treated with the acid reflux drug, Enteryx, here's news that could make your stomach turn. Boston Scientific Corp. halted sales of the Enteryx drug injection kit, due to product misuse by doctors.

Published on Oct 18, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Cymbalta

If you have a liver problem, consider yourself warned: Cymbalta may make your health condition worse.

More than one million people take prescription drug Cymbalta for major depression and nerve pain associated with diabetes. But now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Eli Lilly suggest that anyone with a liver problem stop taking the drug. Cymbalta’s label originally warned of liver injury to people who drank alcohol, but now the warning extends to anyone with an underlying liver condition.

Published on Oct 05, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Paxil

Paxil may ease your depression, but if you are pregnant it could harm your baby. A study indicates an increase of birth defects in babies born to women who use Paxil during the first trimester.

Published on Jun 13, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Toprol-XL / Topamax Mixup

Before you leave the pharmacy, make sure you have the correct prescription drug. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and drug manufacturer AstraZeneca issued warnings about mix-ups with three brand-name drugs.

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