Choosing Wisely - Medical conditions

When your doctor recommends a drug, treatment or test, be sure to ask if it's appropriate for you. To help guide your discussion with your doctor, we've included a list of articles below from "Consumer Reports" and other patient friendly groups.

  • About your depression
  • About your depression

    09/26/2017
    From: The Joint Commission
    Everybody feels blue sometimes, but depression is more than that. Don't wait for depression to go away, Speak Up and get the help you need!
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  • ACE Inhibitors and ARBs To Protect Your Heart?
  • ACE Inhibitors and ARBs To Protect Your Heart?

    10/16/2009
    From: AHRQ
    Your doctor recommends adding a medicine called an ACE Inhibitor or an ARB.
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  • Allergy Tests
  • Allergy Tests

    09/28/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you do not have symptoms or a medical evaluation that points to an allergy, you should think twice about skin or blood testing for allergies.
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  • Antipsychotics for Depression
  • Antipsychotics for Depression

    10/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    The atypical antipsychotics are not good first choices as add-ons to antidepressants, especially if you are overweight or have heart disease or diabetes.
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  • Cancer Tests and Treatments
  • Cancer Tests and Treatments

    02/11/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    When the diagnosis is cancer, many people understandably want to pull out all the stops to treat it. But some tests, treatments, and procedures are not only unnecessary, they can even prove harmful.
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  • Cancer Treatments at the End of Life
  • Cancer Treatments at the End of Life

    09/26/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Sometimes, even with the best care, cancer continues to spread. Although it is hard to accept, the best thing for you at that point may be to stop treatment for the cancer and get care to keep you comfortable and out of pain.
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  • Chronic Hepatitis C
  • Chronic Hepatitis C

    11/27/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will discuss treatment options for chronic hepatitis C. It will tell you about research on how well medicines for chronic hepatitis C work. It will also tell you about research on the side effects of these medicines. It does not discuss screening and diagnosis of hepatitis C. This summary can help you talk with your doctor about which treatment might be best for you.
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  • Coping With Serious Illness
  • Coping With Serious Illness

    05/10/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    For people with serious long-term illnesses, navigating America's health-care system can be daunting. Here's what patients and family members can do to increase the chances of getting the best, most humane treatment.
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  • Deadly Infections
  • Deadly Infections

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    Hospitals can lower the risk, but many fail to act.
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  • Depression - Adult
  • Depression - Adult

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    What you should know about adult depression 
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  • DMARDs for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • DMARDs for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    09/26/2011
    From: AHRQ
    This summary describes the research about the effectiveness and safety of DMARDs to treat JIA. It explains what research shows about how DMARDs help children with JIA, their side effects, and how much they cost. It is written to help you talk with your doctor when deciding if a DMARD is best for your child.
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  • Drugs for ADHD
  • Drugs for ADHD

    07/01/2010
    From: Consumer Reports
    Our analysis found no evidence that any ADHD drug is more effective than another. Each raises different safety issues, however, and you should discuss them with your doctor. Dosing convenience and the period of time that a medicine is active in your body are critical elements of ADHD treatment.
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  • Drugs for Alzheimers
  • Drugs for Alzheimers

    09/26/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    There is no way as yet to predict who will respond and who will get little or no benefit from one of the five drugs approved to treat Alzheimer's disease. Thus, the decision to try one is a gamble and judgment is based on whether the treatment is worth the cost and the risk of side effects.
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  • Drugs for Asthma
  • Drugs for Asthma

    04/01/2006
    From: Consumer Reports
    Not everyone with asthma or COPD needs an inhaled steroid. Sometimes, lifestyle adjustments (and especially quitting smoking) work well enough that you won’t need one. On the other hand, far too many people who could benefit from an inhaled steroid are not using one. If your asthma symptoms are persistent and you have frequent asthma attacks, you should be using an inhaled steroid.
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  • Drugs for Constipation
  • Drugs for Constipation

    12/01/2008
    From: Consumer Reports
    If your constipation persists for two to three weeks, you may need a drug. A variety are available, both nonprescription and prescription.
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  • Drugs for Diabetes
  • Drugs for Diabetes

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Six types of oral medicines (and 12 individual drugs) are now available to help the 25.8 million people in the U.S. with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar when diet and lifestyle changes are not enough. Here is our evaluation of these medicines.
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  • Drugs for Enlarged Prostate
  • Drugs for Enlarged Prostate

    03/01/2010
    From: Consumer Reports
    Taking the evidence for effectiveness, safety, cost, and other factors into account, if you and your doctor decide that a drug is appropriate to treat your symptoms of an enlarged prostate, we have chosen one alpha-blocker as a Consumer Reports Best Buy Drug:
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  • Drugs for Heartburn
  • Drugs for Heartburn

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you suffer from heartburn twice a week or more for weeks or months on end, you should see a doctor because you may have GERD, also known as acid reflux, a serious condition that can inflame or erode the lining of the esophagus. PPIs are effective at treating GERD, but you will have to see a doctor to confirm you have the condition and monitor your treatment to make sure it's effective.
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  • Drugs for Hepatitis C
  • Drugs for Hepatitis C

    06/01/2010
    From: Consumer Reports
    Neither PegIntron nor Pegasys is available as a generic, and neither has been shown to be clearly more effective or safer than the other, so our choice comes down to cost.
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  • Drugs for Insomnia
  • Drugs for Insomnia

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    We recommend that both prescription and nonprescription sleeping pills be used judiciously because research has found that people with mild insomnia sometimes unnecessarily take these medications when they might be able to resolve their sleep issues with nondrug measures.
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