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More Bad NSAID News: Male Infertility

NSAIDs are the side-effect laden drugs that America loves. The average thirty- to fifty-something soon realizes that if he or she pops a few Motrin, it’s possible to exercise with less pain, so the addition begins. Before long, the patient notices that he or she can’t function without the drugs. Despite this widespread use, NSAID…
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Prolia Side Effects: You Just Can’t Make This One Up

The United States of Pharma is a strange place where companies can take lab discoveries that seem simple and really screw real people up. Today’s entry is a drug called Prolia that I have encountered before. When I looked it up back then, I was astounded and disturbed at how this drug worked. Now it looks…
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How to Avoid Discography Side Effects: Biologic Discography

Frankly, until we became the first in the world to inject stem cells into discs, discography never made much sense to me. I would tell patients, “I’m going to poke a hole in your disc to see if there’s a hole in your disc.” However, when we began to see that platelet rich plasma and…
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How Antibiotic Tendonitis Can Ruin a Life and How to Treat It…

A strep throat and antibiotics are a rite of passage in our modern world. In addition, many times we doctors prescribe antibiotics because the patient has an expectation of getting them for a cold or other infection. For Sonya, it was a combination of an antibiotic (Levaquin) and a steroid (prednisone) for a dental infection…
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Greater Risk of NSAID Kidney Damage in Long-Distance Runners

It’s probably not surprising, especially if you read this blog often, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are in the news again! This time it’s ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin, Midol, etc.) and its effect on the kidneys of long-distance runners. Why the focus on an NSAID in this specific group? Because a large majority of this…
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NSAIDs and Opioids May Not Work for Pain!

As if we needed yet another reason to just say no to NSAIDs and opioids, it seems that some of them just aren’t working. So while you may be getting a lot with these drugs—the risk of sudden-death heart attacks and strokes and GI bleeding with NSAIDS, and addiction and more pain with opioids, for…
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Even Short-term Oral Steroid Side Effects Are Bad News!

Oral steroids (e.g., prednisolone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone (medrol) dosepak, etc.) are prescribed often, most commonly for inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, bronchitis and asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, muscle pain, allergies, and more. I have known for a long time about the complications and side effects associated with the long-term use of oral steroids (osteoporosis, weight gain,…
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Shoulder Labrum Surgery No Better Than a Sham Procedure

Yikes, this has been a terrible decade for elective orthopedic surgery. For years studies have come out and pummeled the world’s most common elective surgeries, such as knee “cleanups” and meniscus procedures showing that neither can beat the outcome of a sham or fake surgery. This last year has also been awful as recent research demonstrated…
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