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SCIENCE
May 6, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The Food and Drug Administration is warning physicians that women who suffer migraine headaches and are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use the drugs valproate or valproic acid to prevent the severe headaches, in light of new evidence showing those taking the drugs during pregnancy have children with lower IQ scores than women who do not take them. That warning represents a strengthening of a boxed warning that already appears on these prescription medications, which are used to control epileptic seizures, to treat bipolar disorder, and to prevent and relieve migraine headaches.
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HEALTH
September 15, 2008 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
Prescriptions for painkillers -- left over from surgeries, orthopedic injuries or dental work -- frequently languish, unfinished, in family medicine chests. Supplies of anti-anxiety medications, including the benzodiazepines known by their commercial names Xanax and Ativan, take up shelf space because they are prescribed for episodic use. And as a growing number of adults are diagnosed with ADHD, their stimulant medication often sits alongside that of their children with attention difficulties.
HEALTH
August 16, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
Many of us take one or more prescription medications on a regular basis, but we don't always take them as directed by our doctor or pharmacist. Not following directions can be harmful to our health. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your medications. Talk to Your Doctor or Pharmacist * Should the drug be taken with water, with food or on an empty stomach? * How much of the drug should you take each time and how frequently? * What should you do if you miss a dose?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2012
Here is how The Times matched doctors to their patients who died of prescription drug overdoses or related causes: Reporters examined coroners' records in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura counties and identified cases in which: Toxicology tests found a prescription drug in the deceased's system, usually a painkiller, anti-anxiety drug or other narcotic. Coroners' investigators reported finding a container of the same medication bearing the doctor's name, or records of a prescription.
OPINION
April 15, 2002
"A Dose of Herbal Reform" (editorial, April 10) is way off the mark. Yes, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sponsored the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act, but it was the American people who pushed it through--via one of the largest grass-roots responses ever seen on Capitol Hill. Today, given our ailing health care system, the American people want free access to their dietary supplements more than ever. They want, whenever possible, natural alternatives to prescription medications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2000 | MARGARET MORRIS, Margaret Morris is a marriage and family therapist who lives in Ventura
The object in my palm was less than three inches of ordinary gray plastic with a tiny cartridge within containing enough measured doses for maybe one month. It did not look like $90. My doctor had told me to increase my use of the medication, a steroid anti-inflammatory, because she thought my asthma could be better controlled with more frequent administration.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will investigate whether a new class of Type 2 diabetes drugs sometimes called the "gliptins" may increase patients' risk of developing precancerous changes in the pancreas, as well as of developing acute pancreatitis. The drugs now under closer FDA scrutiny are called incretin mimetics and include such widely prescribed medications as the drug exenitide (marketed as Byetta and Bydureon), liraglutide (Victoza), sitagliptin (Januvia and Janumet or Juvisync)
HEALTH
December 24, 2001 | JONATHAN FIELDING and VALERIE ULENE
Many New Year's resolutions can keep you from needing prescription medications, including the commitments to stop smoking, exercise regularly, limit alcohol and fat intake, and lose weight (if you're overweight). But if you already have, or develop, problems that require prescription drugs, we'd like to suggest an additional resolution for 2002: Take your medication exactly the way it was prescribed. Misuse of medications (often referred to as noncompliance or non-adherence) is widespread.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | Sandy Banks
An Orange County pain specialist already in the spotlight over deaths from prescription medications has racked up another patient overdose death. The coroner has ruled that Wayne Oviatt died in January of a mix of prescription drugs, including morphine, which Dr. Van H. Vu had been prescribing for him. Vu has lost 17 patients to drug overdoses since 2006, according to coroner's records analyzed by Times reporters Lisa Girion and Scott Glover. He is being investigated by the state medical board, but there are no restrictions on his pain management practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Anna Nicole Smith spent the last days of her life drifting in and out of consciousness under the pale blue comforter of a king-sized hotel bed, too weak to walk, sit up or drink from anything other than a baby bottle, according to court testimony Tuesday. The description of the period preceding the supermodel's 2007 death from an overdose of a sedative and other drugs came on the opening day of a hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to try two physicians and Smith's boyfriend for conspiring to illegally furnish the 39-year-old with prescription medications.
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