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Our Health Library information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist our patients to learn more about their health. Our providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

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Medical Marijuana
Marijuana, also called cannabis, is a drug that's made of the leaves, flowers, and buds of the cannabis plant. Medical marijuana can help treat symptoms like pain, nausea, and lack of appetite. It may be used by people who have health problems like cancer, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis. Is medical marijuana helpful and...

Medical Specialists
Info on healthcare professionals with training in specific areas. Links to info on physicians and other specialty doctors. Also includes links to info on other health professionals like physician assistants. Offers tips on preparing for appointments.

Reducing Medication Costs
Discusses reducing medicine costs with lifestyle changes, generic medicines, and shopping around. Also covers buying medicines online, pill splitting, and buying prescriptions in bulk. Discusses how your insurance plan and doctor can help you save money.

Medical Checkups for Adolescents
During your adolescent's yearly medical checkup, most doctors: Check your child's height and weight, body mass index, blood pressure, vision, and hearing. Listen to your child's heart and lungs. Also, the doctor will feel the lymph nodes and the thyroid gland in the neck as well as the spleen, liver, and kidneys in the...

Prevent Medical Errors
Medical errors are mistakes in health care that could have been prevented. They can occur in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, doctors' offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and your home. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, home treatment, equipment, or lab reports. They are often caused by a lack of...

Organizing Your Medical Records
It's a good idea to keep copies of your medical records. You'll need them if you change doctors, move, get sick when you're away from home, or end up in an emergency room. If any of these things happen and you have your records, you may get treatment more quickly, and it will be safer. Here are some steps to get your...

Decision Points for Medical Tests
Decision Points are designed to guide you through key health decisions, combining medical information with your personal information to make a wise health decision. Click on a link below to learn more about the medical test you are considering: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test? Breast Cancer...

Pediatric Preparation for Medical Tests
Medical tests can be scary for adults and for children. You can help your child feel safe and calm during medical tests if you understand why your child is having the test and remain calm yourself. Talk to your doctor without your child present about any concerns you have about the need for the test, its risks, how it...

Medical Tests: Questions to Ask the Doctor
Use this form for any tests your doctor recommends, such as blood tests, urine tests, or X-rays. General questions What is the name of the test? Why do I need this test? What might happen if the test is delayed or not done? How accurate is the test? Are there other tests that are more accurate? How...

Your Family Medical History
Health problems sometimes run in the family. That's why it's important to know as much as you can about the health problems of your birth family. This information can help your doctor provide better care. Start with what you know. Then ask your parents or other relatives for more information. It's a good idea to update...

Electronic Medical and Health Records
There are three types of medical records commonly used by patients and doctors: Personal health record (PHR) Electronic medical record (EMR) Electronic health record (EHR) PHR, or personal health record Technically, any medical record you keep for yourself is a personal health record (PHR). You can keep records: On...

Managing Your Medical Bills
Medical bills. They can be confusing and stressful. But with some basic know-how and organization, you can manage them—and avoid overpaying for your health care. After you receive a health care service, you get: A medical bill from your provider. If you have no health insurance, this is the amount that you pay. If...

Child Who Is Overweight: Medical Evaluation
"Overweight" and "at risk of overweight" are sometimes used to refer to children who weigh more than expected. Doctors use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts or the body mass index (BMI) to measure a child's weight compared to his or her height. If you are concerned that your child is—or...

Knowing Where to Get Medical Care
Today your options for where to get your medical care are greater than ever before. You may not even have to leave your home to get the care you want and need. You can choose based on what your health problem is and what works best for you. And you don't have to use one option for all your health care needs. You can...

Causes of Hair Loss: Medicines and Medical Treatments
Medicines and medical treatments can cause hair loss. Medicines Many medicines that can cause hair loss include: Medicines used to treat cancer ( chemotherapy). Birth control pills. Women who lose hair while taking birth control pills usually have an inherited tendency toward hair thinning. If hair thinning...

Physician-Assisted Death
Physician-assisted death is a practice by which doctors provide the means for a person with a terminal illness to voluntarily cause their own death. In most cases, the doctor prescribes lethal doses of medicine. The doctor indirectly takes part in the person's death. But the doctor does not directly cause the death...

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your Medical Team
A team of surgeons, nurses, and other medical staff will participate in your coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Each team member has a specific set of responsibilities before, during, and after the surgery. CABG surgery is a complex operation. It involves a great deal of technical expertise and precision. The...

Diabetes: Making Medical Decisions as Your Health Changes
For a lot of people, diabetes leads to serious health problems. These life-changing conditions bring with them new medical decisions and plans. Medical decisions are very personal. Different people handle them in different ways. "In the past year, I've learned I have kidney disease from my diabetes. Wow. My wife and I...

Medical History and Physical Exam for Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
A person's medical history and a physical exam are important parts of the evaluation when the person has symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The doctor will ask questions during a medical history to assess a person's past and current...

Basal Cell Skin Cancer: Should I Have Surgery or Use Medicated Cream?
Guides you through decision to treat low-risk basal cell skin cancer with surgery or medicated creams. Explains types of surgery and types of creams used. Covers benefits and risks of both. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Decision Points for Medicines
Decision Points are designed to guide you through key health decisions, combining medical information with your personal information to make a wise health decision. Click on a link below to learn more about medicines for your condition: Acne: Should I Take Isotretinoin for Severe Acne? ADHD: Should My Child Take...

Staying Safe When You Take Several Medicines
Older adults and people with long-term diseases often need to take a lot of pills. That can cause problems. If you take more than one medicine that works the same way, you could get too high a dose. And sometimes medicines work against each other. It's important to ask every doctor you visit to look at your complete...

Daily Medicine Schedule
Use this form to remind you when to take your medicines. Post this sheet where you can see it, such as near your medicine cabinet or wherever you store your medicines. Bring it to your doctor appointments. And take it with you when you travel. Name of medicine Before breakfast What time? ____ With breakfast Before lunch...

Master List of Medicines
List each medicine that you take. Be sure to include over-the-counter medicines, herbs, vitamins, and other natural health products. Use this as a guide when you fill out the chart. Medicine names. Include both the brand name and the generic name for all prescription medicines, even those prescribed by another doctor...

Keeping Track of Medicines
It can be hard to keep track of when and how to take medicines. And the more medicines you take, the harder it may be. Here are some ideas you can use to stay organized and track your medicines. Know your medicines The first step in keeping track of your medicines is to know what you're taking. Make a master list...

Over-the-Counter Medicine Precautions
Before using over-the-counter medicines, be sure you know the benefits and side effects of a medicine. Use medicines only if non-medicine approaches are not working. These steps can help you stay safe when taking over-the-counter medicine. Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box. Take the...

Quick Tips: Taking Medicines Wisely
Medicines can help you manage your health, but only if you take them correctly. If you're having problems taking your medicine as prescribed, try thinking about why you're having trouble. You might not be sure why your medicine is important or if it is working. Maybe you just can't remember to take your medicine every...

Taking Medicines as Prescribed
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health, and perhaps your life, at risk. Taking your medicines as your doctor...

How to Get Rid of Medicines
You might take prescription or over-the-counter medicines to help manage your health. But there may come a time when you no longer need to take these medicines or they have expired. An expired medicine is past its "use by" or "discard by" date. Medicine that has expired may not work as well and may no longer be safe to...

Medicines During Pregnancy
Medicines you can take during pregnancy It can be hard to know if a medicine is safe for your baby. Most medicines are not studied in pregnant women. That's because researchers worry about how the medicines might affect the baby. But some medicines have been taken for so long by so many women that doctors have a good...

Blood Thinners Other Than Warfarin: Taking Them Safely
Blood thinners are medicines that help prevent blood clots. Although they are called blood thinners, they don't really thin the blood. They slow down the time it takes for a blood clot to form. You have to be careful when you take blood thinner medicines. They can raise the risk of serious bleeding. But you can do some...

What to Do if Your Cardiac Device Is Recalled
Explains what a recall of a medical device is. Mentions that failure or recall of cardiac devices is rare. Covers the FDA classes of recall. Explains what to do if your cardiac device is recalled.

Better Care at Lower Costs
Good health care doesn't just happen. You have to do your part. Taking an active role in your health care is the best way to make sure you get great care and reduce costs at the same time. It is likely that you will be faced with one or more of the following health decisions at some time. Use the skills described in the...

Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely
Warfarin is a medicine that helps prevent blood clots. Coumadin is the common brand name for warfarin. Because it prevents clots, it also helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other problems caused by blood clots. It's important to know how to take warfarin safely.

Lowering Your Health Care Costs
Getting great care at a lower price is possible. Just like when you shop for food or clothes, there are things you can do to lower your health care costs. Save by taking charge of your health Protect your health with a healthy lifestyle. Here are some things you can do to take charge of your health: Eat a healthy...

selenium sulfide topical
Selenium sulfide is an antifungal medication. It prevents fungus from growing on your skin. Selenium sulfide topical (for the skin) is used to treat dandruff, seborrhea, and tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin). Selenium sulfide topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

sulfacetamide sodium and sulfur topical
Sulfacetamide sodium and sulfur topical (for the skin) is a combination antibiotic medicine that is used to treat acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis (a red, flaking skin rash). Sulfacetamide sodium and sulfur topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Self-Care Supplies
More of your health care takes place in your home than anywhere else. Having the right tools, medicines, supplies, and information on hand is important for your self-care. Most of the items below don't cost a lot. They are easy to use and can be bought at most drugstores and grocery stores. These are helpful first-aid...

piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical
Piperonyl butoxide is a chemical that stops the breakdown of pyrethrins, an insecticide chemical. Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat lice. Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Getting a Second Opinion
When you're facing a tough health care decision, you may have a hard time knowing what to do. Is surgery the answer? Is that expensive test the right choice? Is it best to get treatment, or watch and wait? To answer the big questions, it's a good idea to talk to more than one doctor. This is called getting a second...

Making the Most of Your Appointment
Discusses how to work with your doctor, how to prepare for different types of appointments, and what to do after appointments. Includes questions to ask about recommended tests and treatments.

Buying Online Drugs Safely
Buying medicine over the Internet can make life a lot easier. Medicines on the Internet are sometimes cheaper. Your pills are delivered to your door. Unfortunately, there are many dishonest online drugstores—and it can be hard to tell the honest ones from the dishonest ones. So you need to be very careful when you're...

benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (topical)
Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect that allows excess oil and dirt to be washed away. Salicylic acid is a peeling agent that causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat severe...

Choosing a Health Care Provider
Introduction Choosing a doctor or other health care provider is very important. The relationship you have with your health care provider greatly influences the health decisions you make and, ultimately, your health. Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or a specialist, it's important to find a...

glycerin and witch hazel topical
Glycerin and witch hazel topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to relieve discomfort, burning, and irritation caused by hemorrhoids. This medicine will not treat or cure a hemorrhoid, it will only relieve the symptoms. Glycerin and witch hazel topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this...

Drug Allergies
Explains what a drug allergy is. Offers a list of symptoms. Covers medicines that can cause an allergic reaction. Discusses how allergies are diagnosed and treated. Provides home treatment options. Covers when to call a doctor.

Asthma: Ways to Take Inhaled Medicines
When you use inhaled asthma medicine, you usually use a device that delivers the medicine directly to your lungs. Different types of delivery systems are available. And one type may be better for certain people or age groups or certain medicines. Here are the different types of devices and some things to think about for...

coal tar topical
Coal tar is a by-product of coal processing. Coal tar topical (for the skin) is used to treat the skin symptoms of psoriasis, including dryness, redness, flaking, scaling, and itching. Coal tar is not a cure for psoriasis, and it will provide only temporary relief of skin symptoms. Coal tar may also be used for...

Thyroid Hormone Replacement for Hypothyroidism
Thyroid hormones help regulate the way the body uses energy. You need thyroid hormone replacement when you do not have enough thyroid hormones in your blood (hypothyroidism). Depending on the cause of your hypothyroidism, you may need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of your life. Thyroid hormones are usually taken...

Dealing With Emergencies
Emergencies Review this topic before you need it. Then, when you are faced with an emergency or injury, you will know what to do. Your confidence in dealing with both major and minor emergencies will be reassuring to an injured person. Some of the medical emergencies you may find helpful to review are...

Choosing a Hospital
This may sound obvious, but the best time to choose a hospital is when you don't need one. That way you have the time to compare all the hospitals in your area and think about what your preferences are. You will want to consider what type of hospital you prefer, the hospital's reputation, and how well the hospital fits...

Medicines for Bone Loss
Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine. The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or...

Mood-Stabilizing Medicines
Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine. The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or...

chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse)
Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash that reduces bacteria in the mouth. Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is used to treat gingivitis (swelling, redness, bleeding gums). Chlorhexidine gluconate is usually prescribed by a dentist. Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is not for treating all types of...

Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid (for example, Alpha Hydrox) are often used in products to treat acne. These products work by drying up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples and causing the top layer of your...

Breathing Problems: Using a Nebulizer
A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist. You breathe in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine directly to your airways and lungs. You breathe in the medicine for a few minutes. Why is a nebulizer used? A nebulizer may be used to treat respiratory problems...

Jack's Story: Will I Need Surgery?
Jack remembers it well—and not in a good way. "I'll never forget the first time I had back pain. I couldn't move. I had to crawl to the car and push and pull myself into the seat. The drive to the doctor's was hard. The pain was unreal." When Jack got to his doctor's office, he had questions. "What can you do? Will I...

chlorhexidine topical
Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic that fights bacteria. Chlorhexidine topical (for the skin) is used to clean the skin to prevent infection that may be caused by surgery, injection, or skin injury. Chlorhexidine topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

ketoconazole
Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication that is used to treat certain infections caused by fungus. This medicine should be used only when you cannot use other antifungal medications. Ketoconazole can cause serious harm to your liver that may result in liver transplant or cause death. Ketoconazole is not for use in...

camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate (topical)
Camphor is a mild pain reliever. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Methyl salicylate is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in a group of drugs called salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that...

ketoconazole topical
Ketoconazole topical (for the skin) is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and seborrhea (dry, flaking skin or dandruff). Ketoconazole topical is also used to treat a fungal infection called pityriasis, which causes scaly discolored patches on the skin of the...

Helping a Person During a Seizure
Briefly describes seizures. Lists ways to help someone during and after a seizure. Covers things to watch for during a seizure as well as when to seek medical attention.

Common Questions About Giving Yourself Shots
If you need to give yourself injections, or shots, at home, you may have some questions or concerns. You might need to inject medicine under the skin (subcutaneous). Or you might inject it into a muscle (intramuscular). Either way, these tips may help address your concerns.

Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely
Provides guidelines to reduce problems and get the most benefit from taking antidepressants. Covers what you need to know about antidepressants, side effects, and risks. Covers how to take medicine wisely.

Quick Tips: Helping Children Take Medicine
Giving medicine to a child can be tricky. Some liquid medicines taste or smell bad. Or they may have a strange texture. And when a child doesn't feel well, they can act grumpy or more stubborn than usual. But you can take steps to avoid power struggles, give your child a sense of control, and make taking medicines a bit...

Medicines That Cause Hearing Loss
Medicines that damage the ear and cause hearing loss are known as ototoxic medicines. They are a common cause of hearing loss, especially in older adults who have to take medicine on a regular basis. Hearing loss caused by these types of medicine tends to happen quickly. The first symptoms usually are ringing in the...

Committing to Quitting: Your Quit-Tobacco Plan
Learn what to think about and plan for when you're getting ready to quit using tobacco.

Starting Medicines for ADHD: How to Care for Your Child
Learn how to care for your child if they start taking medicines for ADHD.

Carole's Story: Taking Medicine Right Away to Stop a Migraine
Carole lost a lot of time to migraines. Instead of playing with her children, she would lie on her bed in the dark, with a bag of ice on her head. "I kept thinking I could stop the migraines if I would just lie down and be still and quiet," says the 41-year-old mother of two. "It hardly ever worked." When a migraine got...

Heatstroke: Emergency Symptoms
Signs of rapidly progressing heatstroke include: Unconsciousness for longer than a few seconds. Convulsion ( seizure). Signs of moderate to severe difficulty breathing. A rectal temperature over 104°F (40°C) after exposure to a hot environment. Confusion, severe restlessness, or anxiety. Fast heart rate. Sweating that...

menthol topical
Menthol is either manmade or made from the extracts of mint oil. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin, which helps relieve pain in the tissues underneath the skin. Menthol topical (for use on the skin) is used to provide temporary relief of minor arthritis pain, backache, muscles or joint pain...

sulfacetamide ophthalmic
Sulfacetamide is an antibiotic. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic (for use in the eyes) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. This medicine will not treat a viral or fungal infection. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic is for use only in treating eye infections caused by bacteria. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic may also be used...

sulfacetamide sodium topical
Sulfacetamide sodium is an antibiotic that fights bacteria on the skin. Sulfacetamide sodium topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis (red, flaking skin rash), and certain skin infections. Sulfacetamide sodium topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Antipsychotic Medicines
Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine. The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or...

Growth and Development, Ages 2 to 5 Years
Discusses normal growth and development of children ages 2 to 5. Covers physical growth, language skills, toilet training, and eating and sleeping habits. Also discusses how kids think and manage their feelings. Includes info on routine medical visits.

Sample School Plan
You may want to give the teacher a copy of your child's treatment plan to keep with this school plan. Adapt this form to fit your child's needs. Keep a copy of the completed form for your records and give a copy to your child's teachers. Name: __________________________ School year: _____________________ My child's...

Diabetes in Children: Care Plan for School or Day Care
A diabetes care plan lists all the information that the school staff needs to manage your child's diabetes. Here is some important information to put in the plan. Include information about insulin or other medicines, if needed. Provide directions on how to give insulin to your child (for example, with an insulin pen)...

menthol topical (oral mucous membrane)
Menthol is either manmade or made from the extracts of mint oil. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin or other tissues (such as the tongue, gums, or inside the cheeks). Menthol topical oral mucous membrane (for use inside the mouth) is used to treat minor sore throat pain, or mouth irritation...

sulfur topical
Sulfur topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne. Sulfur topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Pain Control
Pain can be caused by many things, such as an injury, a surgery, or a health problem like low back pain or cancer. Long-term pain that isn't controlled can make it harder to enjoy life. But there are ways you can learn to manage pain. And managing pain can have a lot of benefits, like being able to do more activities or...

Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Have Catheter Ablation?
Guides you through the decision to have catheter ablation for the heart rhythm problem atrial fibrillation. Lists benefits and risks of catheter ablation and medical therapy. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

spinosad topical
Spinosad is an anti-parasite medicine. Spinosad topical (for the skin) is used to treat head lice in adults and children who are at least 6 months old. Spinosad topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects
Discusses dealing with side effects of antidepressants. Links to more info on medicines, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants. Explains reasons to take medicine. Includes a warning to watch for serious side effects.

Fasting
Fasting means choosing to go without food, drink, or both for a period of time. It can mean going without any food or going without certain types of food. There are different kinds of fasting. Medical fasting. You may be asked to fast for a certain amount of time before a medical test or surgery, often 8 hours or more...

Supraventricular Tachycardia: Should I Have Catheter Ablation?
Guides you through the decision to have catheter ablation for the heart rhythm problem supraventricular tachycardia. Lists benefits and risks of catheter ablation and medical therapy. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Smart Decisions: Know Your Options
Each Decision Point is designed to guide you through a key health decision. Decision Points combine medical information with your personal values to help you make a wise health decision. See a list of: Decision Points about medical tests. Decision Points about medicines. Decision Points about surgeries. Decision Points...

Understanding Health Insurance
What is health insurance? Health insurance helps you pay for your health care costs. Having insurance can help protect you from high medical costs, and it may help cover expenses if you need unexpected care. It also can make it easier to have routine doctor visits and preventive care. Insurance sometimes helps pay for...

Using Ice and Cold Packs
Ice and cold packs can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation from injuries and other conditions, such as arthritis. Types of ice and cold packs Ice towel. Wet a towel with cold water and squeeze it until it is just damp. Fold the towel, place it in a plastic bag, and freeze it for 15 minutes...

methyl salicylate topical
Methyl salicylate topical (for the skin) is used for temporary relief of minor aches and pains caused by strains, sprains, arthritis, bruising, nerve pain, simple backache, or pain in the lower spine. Methyl salicylate topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

isopropyl alcohol (topical)
Isopropyl alcohol kills or prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin. Isopropyl alcohol topical (for use on skin) is used to help prevent bacterial skin infections from minor cuts or scrapes. Isopropyl alcohol is used in healthcare settings to prevent infection that may be caused by needle punctures. Isopropyl alcohol...

isopropyl alcohol otic
Isopropyl alcohol otic (for use in the ear) is used to help dry water that has clogged the ear canal after swimming, bathing, or showering, or hair-washing. Isopropyl alcohol otic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions, gels, soaps, and liquids. How does benzoyl peroxide treat acne? Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores. It also helps stop bacteria from growing and...

povidone iodine vaginal
There are many brands and forms of povidone iodine vaginal available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet. Povidone iodine vaginal is used to provide temporary relief from minor vaginal irritation, soreness, or itching. Povidone iodine vaginal should not be used to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted...

Diabetes in Children: Food Issues at School
Learning how to manage their diabetes at school can be a big challenge for children. It may also bring changes to their school day as they learn to find time to care for their illness. But it can also be an opportunity for them to start taking more responsibility for their own health. Part of that means learning how to...

Diabetes in Children: Preparing a Care Plan for School
Overview A diabetes care plan will help your child's teachers and other school staff know when and how to manage your child's diabetes. For example, if your child needs to eat shortly after taking insulin or to have a snack in class, then a teacher or other adult can make sure that this happens. At the same time, the...

Choosing a Health Care Agent
Discusses role of health care agent if you can't make health care decisions for yourself. Covers medical power of attorney and living will. Includes link to checklist for writing an advance directive.

Medicines That Can Cause Pancreatitis
In certain cases, medicines may cause an inflamed pancreas ( pancreatitis). These include: Antibiotics. Drugs that suppress the immune system. Drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Aminosalicylates. Diuretics. Corticosteroids. Estrogen. Drugs used to treat diabetes. Valproate. General anesthetics. Antidepressants...

Writing an Advance Directive
Discusses basic types of advance directives. Covers living will and medical power of attorney to appoint a health care agent. Explains when and why advance directive is needed. Lists steps in preparing one.

clindamycin (oral/injection)
Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria. Clindamycin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

clindamycin vaginal
Clindamycin vaginal (for use in the vagina) is an antibiotic that is used to treat vaginal infections caused by bacteria. Clindamycin vaginal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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