side effects

The Nocebo Effect:  What You Hear Can Hurt You
The Nocebo Effect: What You Hear Can Hurt YouJust how seriously do negative expectations affect patients?
How to mitigate apremilast’s gastrointestinal side effectsPatients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who take apremilast can present uncomfortable side effects. How to address key concerns.
Quality of life impact of anticancer drugsThe development of novel targeted anticancer therapies are proving to have a significant impact in the treatment and management of cancer patients; however, these agents also are associated with a distinct set of cutaneous side effects. Learn more.
Paracetamol: Is it as safe as we thought?Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is still safer than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but there is concern about its potential for some side effects not usually considered related to paracetamol, according to a study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
Examining medications that impact systemic and ocular healthBill Townsend, OD, FAAO, recently gave a presentation at the American Academy of Optometry's Academy 2014 in Denver, CO, titled "Good drugs, bad reactions."
Ocular complications caused by systemic medication may fly under the radarFor those who have heard men joking about "smurf vision," it's no surprise the unintended effects some pharmaceutical drugs can have on other parts of the body. But while physicians are well-aware of the systemic complications caused by medications they prescribe, they don't always know what effects drugs prescribed by other disciplines could have on their field of medicine—this includes optometrists, says Dr. Alan Kabat, OD, FAAO.
Ocular complications caused by systemic medication may fly under the radarFor those who have heard men joking about "smurf vision," it's no surprise the unintended effects some pharmaceutical drugs can have on other parts of the body. But while physicians are well-aware of the systemic complications caused by medications they prescribe, they don't always know what effects drugs prescribed by other disciplines could have on their field of medicine—this includes optometrists, says Dr. Alan Kabat, OD, FAAO.
Rethinking prostaglandin analogs side effectsI recently came across a journal publication describing a patient with Crohn’s disease and open-angle glaucoma.1 Essentially, the patient’s treatment with topical latanoprost was associated with an exacerbation of her Crohn’s disease.
Drugs’ impact on kids’ bone health mostly unknownThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looked at what’s lacking in research on drugs in children and discovered that much more information is needed on how various medications affect bone health.
Teachable moments: Take your best shotWhen it comes to knowledge of medications and their actions, pharmacists have it way over most physicians. For the sake of the patient, you have to speak up, whether the doc likes it or not.