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April 1, 2007
Your article about awa ["Relax, It's Awa," Special Issue, March 18] was quite interesting, especially with regard to the increase in awa bars in vacation spots. Although the historical information was accurate, I am concerned that there was no mention of potential serious side effects. The Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control have published warnings about potential links of kava to liver failure. Also, many evidence-based herbal references state that kava has depressant, muscle-relaxing, intoxicating effects that could impair driving.
June 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Cancer patients and their care-givers can learn about the latest findings on management of the side effects of treatments at a seminar June 30 in Simi Valley. The national pilot program, presented by the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, is aimed at informing patients soon after their diagnoses. The seminar will feature a panel of specialists from the Los Angeles area.
November 6, 1994 | SCOTT HARRIS
"It's so frustrating not to know what to do or what to think or what to tell your children." Her tone was one of desperation, and her sentiment, no doubt, is common. The caller was a Northridge woman, one of several readers who phoned in response to a recent column appealing to Mayor Richard Riordan to announce his position on Proposition 187, to say whether he thinks it's good medicine or bad medicine.
July 8, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday cautioned consumers against using quinine for leg cramps, warning that the drug could cause severe side effects, including death. Quinine, sold in this country under the brand name Qualaquin, is approved for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, but has a long history of use as a remedy for leg cramps, especially at night. In many countries, it is sold over the counter. Studies have shown that it can reduce the incidence of cramps by one-third to one-half but that as many as one in every 25 users can suffer serious side effects.
February 5, 2007
Regarding your Jan. 29 article on side effects from breast cancer drugs ["Cancer Drugs: Too Toxic?"], I began taking Arimidex two years ago. Five days after I started the prescription, I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my hands. I thought it would diminish over time, but it didn't. The diagnosis, finally? Carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery was suggested. I had been a legal secretary for more than 30 years, typed five days a week and never got carpal tunnel syndrome.
November 28, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Doctors are reporting the first advance in three decades in treating kidney complications from lupus, a life-threatening disease that primarily affects young women. A small study showed that an immune-suppression drug worked better than the standard chemotherapy medication, which can cause infertility and other problems.
March 23, 1989 | United Press International
The government Wednesday directed makers of prescription pain pills to add new warnings informing doctors that such drugs may increase the risk of life-threatening gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers. The Food and Drug Administration announced that it had ordered manufacturers to add a warning citing studies that show that up to 4% of people who receive continued therapy with pain-relieving drugs may develop serious gastrointestinal reactions.
October 2, 2006 | Vernon Loeb, Times Staff Writer
During her clinical work as a young physician, Dr. Derjung Mimi Tarn treated a number of patients who failed to realize they needed to continue taking medications for their chronic conditions. She wondered whether poor communication by their doctors might have been partly responsible. It would appear so. In a study published in the Sept.
April 14, 2008 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
As symptoms of depression go, there is none much clearer than having thoughts of suicide. But a spate of recent announcements from federal health officials suggests a surprising new interpretation of suicidal fantasies and the depression they are thought to signal: Sometimes, sadness, anxiety and self-destructive thoughts are not symptoms but side effects -- of medicine.
October 17, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
The first systematic study of using Ritalin to treat preschool children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has found that the drug reduced their symptoms but caused greater side effects than usually seen in older children, researchers said Monday. The findings mean "very small children may benefit but they should be closely monitored," said Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which paid for the $18-million study.
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