Drug Injury

Weight Loss Drug May Cause Severe Liver Injury

The weight loss drug orlistat is sold over-the-counter under the brand name Alli, and by prescription under the brand name Xenical. Today, the FDA announced a label change to inform consumers that taking these medications can, in rare instances, cause severe liver injury. This is quite a different story from the relatively benign side effects …

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URGENT RECALL: Infant & Children's Liquid Medications

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has issued a voluntary recall of all of its over-the-counter liquid infant’s and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. While the company has said that no one has been injured, there is the potential for serious injury. Stop using these products IMMEDIATELY. The company reports that some products may contain “a higher …

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Treatment Center Kills Man with Lethal Drug Overdose

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that a man being treated in a state-run drug treatment center in Butner, NC, after staff members gave him a lethal dose of methadone. The story took a frightening turn when we learned that there was no reason for the man to have been prescribed methadone in the first …

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FDA Warning about Zocor

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin may–in some cases and in some people–cause muscle damage. While this sounds relatively harmless, the damage sometimes progresses to a severe form called rhabdomyolysis. With this disease (often called “Rhabdo” for short), the damaged muscles release proteins into the …

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Healthy Living on Splitting Pills Safely

The elderly are often overwhelmed by the need for expensive prescription medications they can’t afford. Sometimes, people split their pills in order to make them last longer, but is it safe?  Click the link to see the risks and benefits of splitting pills.  Johns Hopkins

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