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Medication Management

Nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two.

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Managing medications for aging parents

Some medications need to be closely monitored, which can be a challenge for some older people. Get tips for helping aging parents with their medications so you both can have peace of mind.

Catherine Lea, R.Ph., BCACP By Catherine Lea July 19, 2023

Weigh benefits, risks carefully before taking off-label medication

How do you know if or when it's OK to use a medication off-label? Learn about possible benefits, risks and unintended consequences when an on-label use causes a spike in demand.

Sumit Bhagra MD By Sumit Bhagra February 3, 2023

Why should I be evaluated for a penicillin allergy?

People reporting a penicillin allergy have their allergy designation removed with allergy testing more than 90% of the time. Find out who should be tested and what to expect.

Adela Taylor, M.D. By Adela Taylor December 7, 2022

Your role in stopping 'superbugs'

When used correctly, antibiotics could be considered the life preservers of health care. But some bacteria are antibiotic-resistant and become a "superbug." Discover how you can reduce antibiotic resistance.

July 13, 2021

Medication disposal: Why, how to safely clean out your medicine cabinet

When medicines are no longer are needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to reduce risk from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Consider your options.

March 22, 2021

Pharmacogenomics: Getting the right drug

If you or your child suffers from ADHD, anxiety or depression, it can be trial and error to find the right medicine. Learn how pharmacogenomic testing can get the right drug for the right patient at the right dose.

Troy Benson MD By Troy Benson December 7, 2020

Healthy home advice: Falls, chemicals, medications, sharps

When thinking about staying healthy, your home may seem like the safest place. A big part of being healthy means preventing accidents and injuries in your own home. Consider these safety tips.

June 1, 2020

Over-the-counter, prescription medication safety

When medication is prescribed by a doctor and taken correctly, it can help you with day-to-day life. But did you know that you also should take precautions with over-the-counter medications?

July 31, 2019

Headache medication: Get the facts

Concerned about taking prescription medications for your frequent headaches? Get the facts for relief.

Angela Oldenberg, N.P. By Angela Oldenberg June 18, 2018