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Can people with type 2 diabetes stop taking metformin?
Metformin treats type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. It is generally a safe and effective medication. However, metformin can cause side effects, and a person may be able to control their blood sugar by making lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise. Learn more here.

Is it safe to use Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding?
Although researchers are still unsure whether Pepto-Bismol passes into a woman's breast milk, most health authorities recommend avoiding it while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety and risks of taking Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding. Also, find out about safe alternatives.

Can you take NyQuil while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding women may worry about the effects that taking NyQuil to relieve cold and flu symptoms might have on the baby. Some products are safe to use but others may require caution depending on their ingredients, such as those containing alcohol. Learn more about the impact of using NyQuil while breastfeeding.

What's the difference between Vicodin and tramadol?
Tramadol and Vicodin are pain relief medications that a doctor may prescribe when over-the-counter (OTC) medications do not prove effective. Both medications are opioids and are very powerful. They both have side effects and interactions with other drugs. Learn more about the difference between Tramadol and Vicodin.

Treating urinary tract infections with Cipro
Cipro is an antibiotic that doctors use to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). For Cipro to work, people must take the full course of the drug and follow their doctor's instructions. But some people may be at risk of severe side effects if they take Cipro, and they may need to consider alternatives. Learn more here.

Is it safe to take ibuprofen while breastfeeding?
Many doctors recommend that women avoid taking ibuprofen when they are pregnant, so people may wonder if this drug is safe to take while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety, risks, and considerations of taking ibuprofen while breastfeeding. We also discuss other pain relievers and natural treatments.

How to treat and prevent ingrown leg hairs
Ingrown hairs on the legs are a common problem for people who shave or wax the area. In this article, we look at how to remove an ingrown hair safely. We also describe a range of ways to prevent the hairs from growing inward, including dry brushing, using shaving cream, and shaving in the direction of hair growth.

What are the side effects of antibiotics?
Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. However, they can cause side effects, such as digestive issues, fungal infections, and drug interactions. Some people experience severe reactions, including anaphylaxis and antibiotic resistant infections. Learn about the side effects of antibiotics here.

Can you take Aleve and Tylenol together?
Aleve and Tylenol are over-the-counter brands of different pain medications. People frequently use them to treat mild complaints, such as headaches and sore throats. Aleve and Tylenol are safe to take together. However, alternating between the two is more likely to provide extended relief. Learn more here.

Is it safe to mix acetaminophen and alcohol?
People take acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or Tylenol, to treat pain and fever. In combination with alcohol, this drug can cause side effects, such as stomach upset, or severely damage the liver. In this article, we outline the risks of combining acetaminophen and alcohol and give tips on how to stay safe.

Is it safe to mix aspirin and ibuprofen?
Aspirin and ibuprofen are from the same family of drugs called NSAIDs. People should usually not take the two together. In this article, we discuss how to stay safe when taking aspirin and ibuprofen, what to do if you have taken both together by accident, and alternative medications that do not interact with NSAIDs.

Can you mix cephalexin and alcohol?
Cephalexin, also spelled cefalexin, is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as first-generation cephalosporins, which doctors use to treat a range of bacterial infections. While some antibiotics are not safe to take when consuming alcohol, cephalexin does not usually cause adverse reactions.

What are the side effects of testosterone pellets?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone, and its levels in the body decline steadily with age. Many people wish to supplement it when they are deficient. Testosterone pellets can be a convenient form of testosterone replacement therapy, but they can cause side effects, such as fluid retention and acne. Learn more here.

What is acetaminophen-hydrocodone?
Acetaminophen-hydrocodone oral tablet is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It’s a combination drug that contains an opioid (hydrocodone). It’s available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drugs Norco and Vicodin. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is clindamycin?
Clindamycin oral capsule is a prescription medication that's used to treat bacterial infections. These infections include acne and bacterial vaginosis. Clindamycin oral capsule is available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drug Cleocin. Learn about its side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

How to deal with prednisone withdrawal
Prednisone is a drug that contains synthetic cortisol. When a person takes prednisone, the body stops making enough cortisol on its own. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms when the person stops taking the medication or reduces their dose too quickly. Here, learn more about the symptoms and how to prevent them.

How to get rid of an amoxicillin rash
A reaction to amoxicillin, a medication used to treat bacterial infections, causes an amoxicillin rash. A side effect of amoxicillin can be a rash that may be mild or severe. Treatment options include medication, applying oatmeal to the rash, and drinking plenty of water. Learn more about an amoxicillin rash here.

What causes a bounding pulse?
A bounding pulse is when a person can feel their heart beating strongly. They may feel the pulse in their chest, neck, or wrists. This is often caused by anxiety or panic attacks, though in some cases it can signal another medical condition. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a bounding pulse here.

Can Lexapro cause weight changes?
Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called escitalopram, which treats depression and anxiety. As a side effect, Lexapro may cause some people to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it may cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight. Learn more here.

Can you use Vicks on a baby?
There are many people who believe using Vicks VapoRub on a baby's feet can help reduce a cough and congestion. However, some of the active ingredients in Vicks are not safe for young children. In this article, learn whether Vicks is safe for babies, as well as about alternative ointments for cough relief.

What is fluoxetine?
Fluoxetine oral capsule is a prescription medication used to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and panic attacks. It comes as the brand-name drugs Prozac and Prozac Weekly, and as a generic drug. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is lisinopril?
Lisinopril is an oral medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is pregabalin?
Pregabalin oral capsule is used to treat neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. It’s also used with other seizure drugs to treat partial onset seizures. Pregabalin oral capsule is only available as the brand-name drug Lyrica. It's not available as a generic drug. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is venlafaxine?
Venlafaxine oral tablet is a prescription drug used to treat depression and social anxiety disorder (SAD). It comes in two forms: immediate-release (treats depression) and extended-release (treats depression and SAD). Both forms are available only as generic drugs. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

Is it safe to give infants Benadryl?
Allergic reactions are common in children and infants, but are anti-allergy medicines safe for all ages? Benadryl is not generally safe for use in infants under 2, though it can be used under a doctor's orders in infants between 2 and 5. Learn about the safety, risks, and dosages of Benadryl for infants here.

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