Medical and Health Information Library
Read about symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention for many diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues. Our health topics are regularly reviewed, and links are updated daily.
Learn about prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infections. Used properly, antibiotics can save lives. They either kill bacteria or keep them from reproducing. Your body's natural defenses can usually take it from there.
Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression. Your doctor can prescribe them for you. They work to balance some of the natural chemicals in our brains. It may take several weeks for them to help. There are several types of antidepressants, you and your doctor may have to try a few before finding what works best for you.
Pain relievers are medicines that reduce or relieve headaches, sore muscles, arthritis, or other aches and pains. There are many different pain medicines, and each one has advantages and risks. Some types of pain respond better to certain medicines than others. Each person may also have a slightly different response to a pain reliever.
Blood Pressure Medicines
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, usually has no symptoms. But it can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. If you cannot control your high blood pressure through lifestyle changes such as losing weight and reducing sodium in your diet, you may need medicines.
You have many choices to make about your cancer treatment. One choice you might be thinking about is complementary and alternative medicine.
Learn about acne medications that can help manage the severity and frequency of acne outbreaks. Your treatment will depend on the type of acne you have (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or cystic lesions).