Medicine Information

Be Informed About The Medications You Take

The recent withdrawal of the prescription drugs Vioxx and Bextra have arthritis patients concerned about their health, lawyers busy with lawsuits, and Congress poring over thousands of pages of documents obtained from the manufacturer. The drugs, part of a family of medications known as COX-2 inhibitors, have recently been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes among users who take the drugs for long periods of time. These findings have more and more people starting to pay more attention to the drugs that are prescribed for them.

Many people, when ill, see their doctor and ask them to prescribe something that will make them feel better. When appropriate, their physicians will do so, and the patients typically run down to their pharmacy to get that prescription filled. They then take their medication as prescribed, usually without giving it much thought. This is probably not wise, especially in view of the recent findings with Bextra and Vioxx. Patients would be well advised to become more informed about the medications prescribed for them. Here are some things you can do to be more informed about the medicines you take:

  • Ask your doctor questions. Make sure he or she knows about any allergies you might have to particular medications. Ask if there is anything important you should know about the drug, its use, or its side effects.
  • Ask your pharmacist if there is anything you should know before taking the medication. Does it interact with other medications? Are there any known risks associated with taking that particular drug?
  • Read any documentation that comes with your prescription. Many pharmacies include lengthy information sheets that discuss the drug, side effects, prescribing information and more. That information is useful. Read it.
  • Go online and find the manufacturer's Website. Many drug companies establish Websites devoted to particular medications. There you can find detailed information covering just about anything you'd care to know about the drug, including the results of test studies and the likelihood of particular side effects.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has some fairly strict standards regarding prescription medications that are brought to market. It is unlikely that any medications currently offered for sale are patently unsafe. Still, one can always benefit from staying informed. The more you know, the safer you are. If your doctor prescribes a medication for you, learn about it. It can only help.

    ©Copyright 2005 by Retro Marketing. Charles Essmeier is the owner of Retro Marketing, a firm devoted to informational Websites, including, a site devoted to the withdrawn drug Bextra and, a site devoted to structured settlements.

    This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

    Shortage of medicine, drinking water for Kerala flood survivors
    "They also need medicine for diarrhoea, rehydration powders and wipes to clean things." The Indian government has pledged $71m for victims of what state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan called "the worst floods in 100 years". Randeep Kumar Rana of the ...

    and more »

    Lewiston Morning Tribune

    Thomas Medicine Elk Kenoras
    Lewiston Morning Tribune
    Thomas Medicine Elk Kenoras (Simseh — “Obsidian Sub Chief”/Ahtukka “Goose”), affectionately known as “Lil Tom” or “Goose,” entered the world on Nov. 11, 1997, to Lucy (Medicine Elk) and Bleu Jaye Kenoras at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

    111 alleged cold medicine buys nets man criminal 'smurfing' charge
    MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - A Muskegon man who allegedly made more than 100 separate purchases of pseudoephedrine has been charged criminally for "smurfing." Heath Priest, 46, was charged in Muskegon County court with possessing ...

    Good News Network

    Top School of Medicine is Now Paying Tuition for All of Its Med Students
    Good News Network
    The NYU School of Medicine just announced that it is offering full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program regardless of need or merit—a bold effort to simultaneously address the rising costs of medical ...
    NYU to take care of Tuition fees of Medicine studentsThe Siasat Daily
    NYU School of Medicine Offers Full-Tuition Scholarships to All New & Current Medical
    New Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in Both Primary and Specialty Care - AAMCNewsAAMCNews
    University of Houston -Pew Research Center -The Campaign for Free College Tuition
    all 63 news articles »


    The Doctors Without MDs: What Makes Osteopathic Medicine Different?
    McQuain is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, or DO, the other type of medical doctor in the United States. And while osteopathic physicians are fully licensed doctors with the same prescribing privileges as MDs, the American Osteopathic Association ...

    Daily Telegraph

    Nine million Aussies use a prescription medicine each day
    Daily Telegraph
    A survey of more than 1000 adult Australians conducted by YouGov Galaxy for NPS Medicinewise has found two in three parents have difficulty remembering how often to give their children medicine and half worry whether they are administering medicines ...

    and more »


    I Love You, Doc: A Brief, Boozy History of Alcohol as Medicine
    Ancient Egyptians and Chinese are among the earliest adopters of booze as medicine; though in their cases, alcohol more as a vehicle for medicine, the way Red Bull is (why) a vehicle for vodka. According to Patrick McGovern, the UPenn professor who ...

    Health IT Analytics

    Precision Medicine Researchers Identify New Alzheimer's Genes
    Health IT Analytics
    Researchers expect that these findings will help enhance the understanding of the genetic factors that lead to Alzheimer's development, which is a critical step toward eventually achieving effective and scalable precision medicine treatment. “Many of ...


    How Retail Mental Health Could Be Medicine's Next Frontier
    Throughout his residency and his last three years as a physician in psychiatry training at Mather Hospital in New York, Dr. Tamir Aldad saw upfront how thousands of mental health patients each year were sent home from the emergency room knowing they ...

    Feature: Western medical professor promotes traditional Chinese medicine in Malta
    VALLETTA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Despite having studied and practiced Western medicine for many years, Charles Savona Ventura, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Malta, has dedicated the past four years to promoting the ...

    Google News

    home | site map | Dr. Thad Thomas
    © 2006