Prescription drugs

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Are you taking one of these medications that increase fall risk?

Chances are, if you’re 65 years of age or older, you’re currently taking at least one prescription drug that could cause a dangerous fall, a hip fracture, head trauma and worse. Coinciding with the rise in medication is the rate of death from falls. Here’s a list of the worst offenders…

Joyce Hollman

The biological reason most drugs don’t relieve pain in women

Functional pain refers to pain that occurs without injury. Migraines and fibromyalgia fall into this category. Turns out more women suffer this kind of pain and now we know why. For starters, a female hormone acts on sensory pain receptors and may ramp up that stimuli. To make matters worse, certain pain treatments can kick it into high gear.

Joyce Hollman

The blood pressure drug that makes blood pressure worse

A common class of blood pressure medicine has come under scrutiny recently. It’s designed to keep calcium from damaging your vascular smooth muscle cells so your blood flows freely and your BP stays in the healthy range. But research is showing that it actually causes damage that can make your BP worse…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Huge study review reveals the big fat lies about statins

Roughly 36 million people in the U.S. alone take cholesterol-lowering medications, also known as statin drugs. Yet, with the massive number of statin prescriptions doctors write, is there truly evidence that they save lives? New revelations are that inconsistencies and contradictory evidence has been swept under the rug…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The dangers of using muscle relaxers you need to know

Over the past decade, the number of people taking muscle relaxers long-term has skyrocketed. These drugs were never approved for long-term use. But that’s not the worst of it. Here’s what you need to know about the potential dangers of muscle relaxers, plus other options to stop the spasms and the pain…

Joyce Hollman

Over 65? Think twice about taking sleeping pills

As many as one in ten adults suffers with chronic insomnia. Right along with good nutrition, hydration and physical activity, a good night’s sleep is one of our essential health needs. So, many are turning to sleeping pills, but the consequences can be dire, especially if you’re older…