Benicar (generic name: olmesartan medoxomil) is a drug that treats high blood pressure. According to the company behind the drug, Benicar works by blocking angiotensin II which is “a natural chemical in your body that can raise blood pressure by causing blood vessels to tighten and narrow”. By blocking said chemical, Benicar helps blood vessels relax and widen thus preventing high blood pressure.
The most common side effect of Benicar is dizziness or lightheadednes. You can minimize this by rising up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
And what about the less common but are the serious side effects of Benicar? The drug’s website, benicar.com, tells us that it may lead to the death of an unborn baby which is why you should NOT TAKE BENICAR WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT. More from benicar.com: [Read more →]
June 17, 2014 No Comments
Douching Side Effects: So your boyfriend likes to go down on you and, because you want to make the experience more pleasant for him, you are now thinking of douching the vajayjay. Should you or shouldn’t you? What are the side effects, if any, of vaginal douching? Are there long term negative health effects that women should be aware of?
Well, curious internet friend, douching is BAD, BAD, BAD for you. Don’t do it! There’s no benefit in douching (unless you think a false sense of cleanliness is beneficial) and there’s a lot of health risks involved with the practice. Here’s what the Office of Women’s Health of the US Department of Health is saying about the health dangers of douching:
Most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that women don’t douche. Douching can change the delicate balance of vaginal flora (organisms that live in the vagina) and acidity in a healthy vagina. One way to look at it is in a healthy vagina there are both good and bad bacteria. The balance of the good and bad bacteria help maintain an acidic environment. Any changes can cause an over growth of bad bacteria which can lead to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Plus, if you have a vaginal infection, douching can push the bacteria causing the infection up into the uterus, fallopian (fuh-LOH-pee-uhn) tubes, and ovaries.
June 11, 2014 No Comments
Diclegis Side Effects. Last April this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Diclegis for the treatment of nausea and vomiting among pregnant women. The drug has been proven to be effective in treating said conditions and is, reportedly, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat NVP (nausea and vomiting of pregnancy) in women who do not respond to conservative management. But does Diclegis have side effects that we should be aware of? [Note: Diclegis is marketed as Diclectin in Canada.]
Well, according to the FDA media release, the most common side effect of this drug is drowsiness or sleepiness which can be severe. Which is why it is recommended that you should avoid using Diclegis if you have to do something which requires you to be mentally alert.
June 16, 2013 No Comments
What are the side effects of Ravicti, the newly approved drug for urea cycle disorders (UCD)? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Ravicti has the following side effects: diarrhea, flatulence, and headache. We’re pretty sure that those are only the most common side effects and that we will eventually know the lesser known, less common side effects once we agency releases the prescribing information for the drug. Check back later for updates.
For the time being, here are things you might be interested to know about the drug which we culled from the FDA media release:
- Ravicti is in liquid form and is taken three times a day with meals.
- The drug is only for patients ages 2 years and older.
- Ravicti must be used with a protein-restricted diet and, in some cases, dietary supplements.
- The major study supporting Ravicti’s safety and effectiveness involved 44 adults who had been using Buphenyl, another drug approved to control UCDs. Patients were randomly assigned to take Buphenyl or Ravicti for two weeks before being switched to the other product for an additional two weeks. Blood testing showed Ravicti was as effective as Buphenyl in controlling ammonia levels. Three additional studies in children and adults provided evidence supporting the long-term safety and effectiveness of Ravicti in patients 2 years and older.
February 4, 2013 No Comments
Do you, like our good friend Dale, take in selenium supplements with the hope that it will protect you from heart disease? Then a recent study which found that selenium supplements do not prevent the occurrence of cardio-vascular diseases will not be to your liking. Dale surely does not like it.
Reports Reuters Health:
In the review of 12 studies that included close to 20,000 people, there was no difference in the number of strokes and heart attacks, heart disease-related deaths or deaths from any cause among participants randomly assigned to take selenium or nothing.
February 3, 2013 No Comments
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Nesina (alogliptin) tablets as treatment for for type 2 diabetes among adults. What are the side effects of this drug?
According to the FDA media release, the most common side effects of Nesina are “stuffy or runny nose, headache, and upper respiratory tract infection.”
In the highlights of prescribing information for the drug, the FDA also mentions the following warnings and precautions:
February 1, 2013 No Comments