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HowToTakePills© Archive 2015

Kids' ADHD meds make it "easier" for mom
Tue, May 26, 2015

Is chemical restraint right for your child?


Why doesn't my Viagra work?
Tue, Jun 2, 2015

The pills cost almost $40 each - why don't they work?


Why do my dog's Lyme disease pills cost so much?
Tue, Jun 9, 2015

With no pet insurance, do you have to sacrifice your dog's health to make ends meet?


How to treat (and not treat) a baby's cold
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

From a medication standpoint, babies are not miniature adults


Do antidepressants make the grieving process easier?
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Which is better: an antidepressant or letting the grieving process unfold naturally?


Will I get sick if I travel out of the country?
Tue, Jul 7, 2015

The news tells some scary stories - but it will be OK


How many medications are too many?
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Yes, drugs can save your life - but things can get out of hand.


If I take an antibiotic, do I need a probiotic too?
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Antibiotics cause diarrhea. Probiotics can stop it.


What?! Vitamin supplements can cause cancer?
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Vitamins are essential for good health. But taking too many can cause problems.


If I take Xanax, will I sink into addiction?
Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Useful for anxiety - but you can go overboard if you use it for fun


What happens if I drink with my pills?
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

You may end up as the only person at the party face down in the punch bowl.


Coffee - Cancer causing or life-saving
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

This year, it's good for you. Next year, who knows?


Should you use a mail order pharmacy or a local drug store?
Tue, Sep 1, 2015

Is going to the pharmacy another chore, and is mail order better?


How to read a prescription and why
Tue, Sep 8, 2015

Don't depend solely on your doctor or pharmacist to get you the right pills


Low-dose or high-dose aspirin for heart attacks?
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Aspirin is a powerful drug, but when used properly, can save your life.


Should you blame the drug company, doctor or pharmacist?
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Suing a company may sound like a quick way to make a buck. It's not.


Jack's mom is on too many medications
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Her doctor, her pharmacist, and her son may be to blame


Free antibiotics are not free
Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Grocery chains are giving out antibiotics at no charge. This is going to cost you.


I feel fine. Can I stop taking my antidepressant?
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Quitting your therapy could be the worst thing you ever did


Is a teaspoonful 2, 5, or 9 mL?
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Kids are not small adults. Make sure they are getting the right drug and dose.


Why do the colors of my pills change when I get a refill?
Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Same drug + Different color/shape = Confusion


To prescribe or de-prescribe? That is the question
Tue, Nov 3, 2015

The older you get, the more prescriptions you get - do you need all of them forever?


Why do my medications have a few different names?
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

The drug you have been on for years now has a different name. Why? It's gone generic!


When is a drug allergy not an allergy?
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Side effects and drug allergies are not the same thing.


Got heart problems? These antibiotics can kill you.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Two commonly used antibiotics used for all the wrong reasons.


A chance to live longer
Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Some pills give you the gift of living longer. Others don't.


Why are there no generic insulins?
Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Even after a century on the market, insulin constantly morphs and patents are extended ad infinitum


Can I take a medication after it's expired?
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

It depends on where the drug has been stored and whether you need it to save your life.


Real men pee their pants too
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Male incontinence is embarrassing for men. But there are ways to control it.