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Drugs
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Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotic drugs can save lives. But the more often you use an antibiotic, the more likely it is that germs will become drug resistant. Learn what you can do to minimize this problem. (Previous item number: 556Y)
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Buying Prescription Medicines Online: A Consumer Safety Guide
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Buying Prescription Medicines Online: A Consumer Safety Guide
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Here is a helpful list of things you should and should not do when shopping for medications over the Internet. (Previous item number: 526M)
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Careful: Acetaminophen in Pain Relief Medicines can Cause Liver Damage
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Careful: Acetaminophen in Pain Relief Medicines can Cause Liver Damage
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Acetaminophen is in many over the counter medicines. This fact sheet provides guidelines on how to properly take acetaminophen.
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Diabetes Medicines
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Facts about medicines (other than insulin) used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. Provides brand names and pros and cons of each type, including common side effects. Lists warning signs of high or low blood sugar. (Previous item number: 593Y)
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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FDA Approves First Medication to Reduce HIV Risk
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FDA Approves First Medication to Reduce HIV Risk
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This fact sheet details how FDA just approved first drug to help prevent HIV transmission. Truvada is a drug that high risk individuals can get by prescription from their healthcare providers.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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HIV and AIDS: Medicines to Help You
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HIV and AIDS: Medicines to Help You
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Learn about the different medicines available to treat HIV. Includes questions to ask about setting up a drug regimen and a sample schedule to follow. (Previous item number: 566Y)
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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High Blood Pressure - Medicines to Help You
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High Blood Pressure - Medicines to Help You
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Medication, along with healthy eating and exercise, can help lower your high blood pressure. Learn about the various drugs available, their potential side effects, and warning signs. (Previous item number: 559W)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
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Most drugs can be thrown in the household trash, but consumers should take certain precautions before tossing them out. A few drugs should be flushed down the toilet. And a growing number of community-based "takeback" programs offer another safe disposal alternative. Learn what steps you should take.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Menopause - Medicines to Help You
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Menopause - Medicines to Help You
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Provides basic information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Learn about the three types available and their common and more serious side effects. (Previous item number: 552Y)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Mental Health Medications
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Mental Health Medications
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This guide describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, and includes any FDA warnings.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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My Medicines
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My Medicines
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Take care of yourself with this easy-to-follow guide that features questions to ask your doctor and a simple chart to keep track of your medications. (Previous item number: 556V)
Available: in print, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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My Medicines (Gender Neutral)
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My Medicines (Gender Neutral)
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Take care of yourself with this easy-to-follow guide that features questions to ask your doctor and a simple chart to keep track of your medications. (Previous item number: 557Y)
Available: in print, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Safe Medicine Use & Poison Prevention Tips
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Safe Medicine Use & Poison Prevention Tips
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This is a guide for older adults and caregivers that gives tips on how to use medicines safely and what to do it they are used incorrectly.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Smoking - Medicines to Help You Quit
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Smoking - Medicines to Help You Quit
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Find out about products and medicines to help you quit smoking and get tips on creating a plan to stop smoking. (Previous item number: 540X)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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The Best Way to Take your Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously.
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The Best Way to Take your Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously.
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Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers/fever reducers are safe and effective when used as directed. Learn how to take over the counter medicine pain reliever correctly.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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The New OTC Medicine Label
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The New OTC Medicine Label
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All over-the-counter medicines now carry usage and warning labels. Learn what's important--for your health's sake.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist
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Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist
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Tips on how to talk with your pharmacist to ensure you are taking your medicine correctly.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Use Caution with Pain Relievers
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Use Caution with Pain Relievers
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Over-the-counter pain relievers can be dangerous if misused. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage, and aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. Understand the risks and how to reduce them.
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Use Medicines Wisely
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Use Medicines Wisely
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Simple tips to follow when taking medications, including questions to ask and the importance of reading labels and keeping track of all the medicines you take. (Previous item number: 533X)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Women in Clinical Trials
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Women in Clinical Trials
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A clinical trial is a study using human volunteers to help doctors learn more about the human body and the many diseases that attack it. (Previous item number: 549Y)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
 
Health Aids
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Assistive Technology
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Assistive Technology
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Learn what assistive technology is, if it's right for you and how to pay for this service.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Contact Lens Care
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Contact Lens Care
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Tips for keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable while you wear contact lenses. (Previous item number: 544Y)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Focusing on Contact Lens Safety
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Focusing on Contact Lens Safety
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Wearing contact lenses can present potential risks. Learn how to reduce your risk of infection by following recommended waring schedules, and using proper lens care practices for cleaning, disinfecting and storing your lenses.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Fortify Your Knowledge About Vitamins
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Fortify Your Knowledge About Vitamins
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Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy life. Although most people get all the vitamins they need from the foods they eat, millions of people worldwide take supplemental vitamins as part of their health regimen.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones
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Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones
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Explains FCC requirements, how compatibility works, and what to look for.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference
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Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference
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Hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) can both improve our ability to hear sound. However, the products are different in that hearing aids are intended to make up for impaired hearing. Learn how they differ and signs of loss of hearing.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Straight Talk on Braces
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Straight Talk on Braces
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Today's orthodontic braces look, feel and perform better than the old "metal-mouth" variety. Learn how these and other dental devices can improve dental health and function as well as make your smile beautiful. (Previous item number: 545Y)

Language: English
Cost: Free
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Which Helmet for Which Activity?
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Which Helmet for Which Activity?
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For many recreational activities, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a serious head injury and even save your life. Find specific information about which helmet to use.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Your Glucose Meter Booklet
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Your Glucose Meter Booklet
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Tips for diabetics on when and how to use a glucose meter to track their blood sugar level. This booklet can help patients talk to their health care provider about using glucose meters safely. (Previous item number: 595Y)
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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