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SSRIs and Alcohol: Can I drink alcohol while taking an SSRI antidepressant?

Antidepressants and Alcohol: Can I drink alcohol while taking a tricyclic antidepressant?

MAOI: What are MAOIs? What do MAOIs do?

Antidepressants: What are the differences between all the different kinds of antidepressants?

Nefazodone: What are the side effects of nefazodone?

SSRIs: What are the side effects of SSRIs?

Wellbutrin: What are the side effects of Wellbutrin?

Antidepressant Withdrawal: What can I do to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping my antidepressant prescription?

Celexa: What is Celexa?

Prozac: What is Prozac?

Serotonin Syndrome: What is serotonin syndrome?

St. Johns Wort: What is St. John's wort?


Lantus: Are there any side effects of Lantus?

Skin problems: Can diabetes cause skin problems?

Insulin Syringes: Do I need a prescription to purchase insulin syringes?

Traveling with Diabetic Supplies: Do I need special permission to take syringes and other diabetic supplies on a plane or cruise ship?

Finger Prick Pain: Is there any way to lessen the pain from blood glucose testing?

Insulin Pumps: Is using an insulin pump more effective than insulin injections?

Insulin Storage: Should I keep my insulin refrigerated at all times?

Glucophage: What are some side effects of Glucophage?

Uncontrolled Diabetes: What effects can uncontrolled diabetes have over time?

Actos: What is Actos?

Alternate Testing Sites: What is alternate site testing?

Avandia: What is Avandia?

Urine Test Kits: What is the difference between the urine test kits for people with diabetes?

Control Solution: When should I use the glucose control solution for my blood glucose meter?

Diet & Nutrition

Protein: How much protein should I have in my diet?

Fiber: What are fiber supplements?

Drug Information

Chronic Use: Are there any adverse reaction of long term drug use?

C2 or C-II: Can you explain what a C2 drug is?

Expiration: Do medications and supplements really go bad at their expiration date?

Expiration Dates: Expiration Dates

Lactose intolerance: I've just been diagnosed as being lactose intolerant and am watching my dairy intake. How does a person become lactose intolerant? Can the lactose in oral medications cause me problems?

Clinical Trials: I am considering participating in a clinical trial for a new medication. What kind of information should I have before I agree?

Types of Clinical Trials: I heard about a clinical trial for my illness, and it was called a treatment trial. Can you tell me what a treatment trial is?

Flavoring: Is there any way to improve the flavor of my toddler's liquid antibiotic?

Creams vs Ointments: What's the difference between a cream and an ointment?

Ingredients: What are active ingredients and inactive ingredients?

FSA: What does "FSA" stand for on my receipts and on signs throughout the store?

Take with Food: What does it mean when a medication says "Take with food"?

Controlled drugs: What is a controlled drug?

NSAIDs: What is an NSAID?

Medication Compounding: What is compounding and why do you need it?

Drug Allergy vs Intolerance: What is the difference between a drug allergy and a drug intolerance?

Ear Nose and Throat

Rebound Congestion: How can I avoid rebound congestion if I use a decongestant nasal spray?

Earache: How can I treat an earache?

Nasal Congestion: How can I treat nasal congestion without medication?

Eardrops: How do I use eardrops?

Swimmer's Ear: How do you treat swimmer's ear?

Ear Infections: Why are ear infections more common for children?

Nasal Sprays: Why can't you use over-the-counter nasal sprays for more than three days in a row?

Exercise and Fitness

Walking and Arthritis: Can walking help me manage my arthritis?

Walking for Mental Clarity: Does walking help keep my mind sharp?

Walking and Stress: How can walking help manage stress?

Walking for Health: How does walking improve my health?

Walking for Your Heart: Is walking good for my heart?

Walking and Depression: Will walking help my depression?

Eye Health

Pinkeye: Are there any over-the-counter products that get rid of pinkeye?

Eye Ointment: My doctor just prescribed an eye ointment. How do I put it in my eye?

Bloodshot Eyes: What can I use for bloodshot eyes?

Foot Health

Bunions: What is a bunion and how can I treat it?

Fungal Infections

Yeast Infection Prescriptions: Are there any prescription treatments for oral or vaginal yeast infections?

Vaginal Yeast Infection Treatments: Are there any treatments for a vaginal yeast infection?

Penlac: What are the side effects of Penlac?

Athletes foot: What is athlete's foot?

Yeast Infection: What is a yeast infection?

Nail Fungus: What is nail fungus?

Yeast Infections: What is the best over-the-counter medication to treat a yeast infection?

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