How To Choose The Best Over-The-Counter Pain Medicine

How To Choose The Best Over-The-Counter Pain Medicine

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Pain is one of the most challenging symptoms to treat. It can be caused by many different things such as heat, cold, pressure, traction, inflammation, and nerve damage. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines offer a wide variety of treatment options for the various types of pain. It’s important to understand the cause of your pain in […]

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Best Over-the-Counter Solutions to Your Digestive Problem

Best Over-the-Counter Solutions to Your Digestive Problem

By: Christopher Watters, M.D.

You know the signs all too well. Your stomach starts gurgling, your chest starts burning, you start cramping—and you begin your frantic search for the bathroom. Digestive problems can be embarrassing, and not something people want to talk about openly—even with their doctor. But as I tell my patients, these problems are strikingly common, and […]

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Childproofing Your Home and Medicine Cabinet

Childproofing Your Home and Medicine Cabinet

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

We doctors are always careful to tell parents to use the correct dosage when giving medicine to children. This helps ensure that the medicine will be effective and safe. A part of medicine safety that we don’t often talk about, but is just as important, is how to properly store medicines in the home. While […]

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Questions Pregnant Women Ask About OTC Medicines

Questions Pregnant Women Ask About OTC Medicines

By: J. Kyle Mathews, M.D.

Backaches, indigestion and nausea are just a few of the symptoms women typically experience during pregnancy. Many women also have seasonal allergies that flare up during pregnancy. And then, of course, there is the common cold and its ailments, like congestion, coughing and aches, that many pregnant women will catch. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, […]

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Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season

Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Colds and flu: what’s the difference? Many of my patients are not sure how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Their confusion is understandable since colds and flu share some (but not all) of the same symptoms. Here’s how I describe how to tell if you are infected with a cold […]

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How To Read a Drug Facts Label

How To Read a Drug Facts Label

By: Val Jones, M.D.

All over-the-counter (OTC) medicines contain a Drug Facts label on their outer package that tells you how, when, and how often to use a medicine. It also provides important information that is always presented in the same format. This is a copy of a typical Drug Facts label. Notice that the first section is about […]

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