Take Control of Your Health choosing Wisely - Drug Treatment Options

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.

  • ACE Inhibitors
  • ACE Inhibitors

    03/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    ACE Is are effective, life-saving medicines with more than 20 years of widespread safe use. They help lower the risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and strokes, and kidney failure. And they improve quality of life. This report compares the effectiveness, safety, and cost of the 10 ACEIs.
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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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  • Antibiotics For Pink Eye
  • Antibiotics For Pink Eye

    10/14/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is a common condition, especially in children. Doctors often prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments for pink eye. But antibiotics don’t usually help. In fact, they can do more harm than good.
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  • Antibiotics for Respiratory Illness in Children
  • Antibiotics for Respiratory Illness in Children

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    When children need them and when they don't. If your child has a sore throat, cough, or runny nose, you might expect the doctor to prescribe antibiotics. But most of the time, children don't need antibiotics to treat a respiratory illness. In fact, antibiotics can do more harm than good. Here's why:
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  • Antibiotics for Your Skin
  • Antibiotics for Your Skin

    08/19/2016
    From: Consumer Reports
    Skin problems can sometimes look like infections, especially if they're red, swollen, or tender. so it might seem like treating them with antibiotics is a good idea. But some skin problems don't stem from infections at all. So treating them with antibiotics can do more harm than good.
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  • Antibiotics Will They Make You Feel Better
  • Antibiotics Will They Make You Feel Better

    08/19/2016
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have a cough, sinus pain, or sore throat, you might think about taking antibiotics. After all, you feel bad. And you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don't kill most germs that hurt your throat and lungs. And they can even be harmful.

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  • Antidepressants
  • Antidepressants

    04/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    Individual needs vary and people respond to antidepressants quite differently. Some have to try two or three antidepressants before finding one that works.
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  • Antihistamines
  • Antihistamines

    09/01/2010
    From: Consumer Reports
    We evaluate seven second-generation antihistamines in this report. These newer antihistamines cause less drowsiness than the older antihistamines. But the newer drugs are no more effective than the older ones at relieving symptoms.
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  • Antiplatelet Drugs
  • Antiplatelet Drugs

    09/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    This report evaluates the use of five antiplatelet drugs in preventing heart attacks, strokes, and premature death in people who have acute coronary syndrome (unstable angina or had a heart attack), peripheral vascular disease, a stent, or previously had a stroke.
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  • Antipsychotics
  • Antipsychotics

    08/01/2009
    From: Consumer Reports
    Newer and quite expensive antipsychotics have largely eclipsed an older generation of drugs developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Research for years appeared to indicate that the newer drugs were better, largely because they had fewer side effects. But more recent large-scale studies now indicate that overall, the older drugs work just as well at a far lower cost.
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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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  • Antipsychotics in Children
  • Antipsychotics in Children

    04/01/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    This report focuses on the use of prescription medications called atypical antipsychotics by children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger. Atypical antipsychotics are used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They are also used to try to reduce aggression, irritability, social withdrawal/lethargy, and other symptoms in children and teens with pervasive developmental disorders, including autism and Asperger syndrome, and disruptive behavior disorders.
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  • Avoid Mistakes With Your Medicines
  • Avoid Mistakes With Your Medicines

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    Medicine mistakes happen every day—at the doctor’s office or hospital, even at home. You can get the wrong medicine. Or, you can be given the wrong amount of medicine. This brochure has questions and answers to help prevent mistakes with your medicines. 
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  • Beta-Blockers
  • Beta-Blockers

    03/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    The cost of these drugs varies from less than $10 per month to more than $200, so your choice of medicine could mean a big difference in expense.
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  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers

    03/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    CCBs should be considered as initial treatment (usually in combination with other drugs) for people who have high blood pressure plus angina and/or a high risk of stroke.
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  • Dangerous Supplements
  • Dangerous Supplements

    05/24/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    What you don't know about these 12 ingredients can hurt you. Unsafe products can easily be found online and in retail stores.
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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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  • Drug Side Effects
  • Drug Side Effects

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    Your doctor can help you avoid and manage side effects. It is very important to tell your doctor about any serious or unpleasant side effects, allergies, or bad reactions you have had with drugs in the past.
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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

    03/01/2006
    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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