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.

  • Drugs for Nausea and Vomiting
  • Drugs for Nausea and Vomiting

    11/01/2009
    From: Consumer Reports
    Drugs in this class, when used alone or with other antiemetic medicines, are generally regarded as first choice option for preventing nausea and vomiting in people undergoing cancer treatments.
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  • Drugs for Overactive Bladder
  • Drugs for Overactive Bladder

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If your frequent trips to the bathroom are interfering with your life or you're having accidents, then it may be time to see your doctor to determine if a medication might help. Our Best Buy Drugs report gives you the information you need to choose the right one.
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  • Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Between 40 and 70 percent of people who have not benefitted from other rheumatoid arthritis medications experience some measure of relief from biologics. Nine different biologics are available to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but they are not a cure for the condition. None are available as generics, so they are all very expensive.
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  • Drugs to Prevent Infection During Chemotherapy
  • Drugs to Prevent Infection During Chemotherapy

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    CSFs are drugs that help prevent infection during chemotherapy. They increase the number of white cells in your blood. When do you need them? When don't you need them?
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  • Early Delivery
  • Early Delivery

    07/02/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Why scheduling early delivery is not a good idea.
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  • Echocardiograms for Valve Disease
  • Echocardiograms for Valve Disease

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If your heart valve disease is mild, and it is not causing any symptoms, you probably don't need to have the echocardiogram test every year.
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  • GERD or Acid Reflux Disease
  • GERD or Acid Reflux Disease

    09/23/2011
    From: AHRQ
    This summary describes GERD and explains research about types of treatment. It also talks about what research has found about the benefits and risks of each treatment. It can help you talk with your doctor about GERD.
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  • High Cholesterol: A Guide for Adults
  • High Cholesterol: A Guide for Adults

    09/01/2009
    From: AHRQ
    Keeping your cholesterol at a good level can help lower your chance of heart attacks and strokes. This guide can help you talk with your doctor or nurse about medicines to treat high cholesterol. It covers: Different kinds of cholesterol medicines. How the medicines work. Side effects of cholesterol medicines.
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  • Imaging and Blood Tests in Early Breast Cancer
  • Imaging and Blood Tests in Early Breast Cancer

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    It is not always a good idea to get all the available tests. You may not need them. When do cancer experts recommend imaging tests and tumor marker tests?
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  • Imaging Tests for Back Pain
  • Imaging Tests for Back Pain

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea. But that's usually not the case, at least at first. Most people with lower-back pain feel better in about a month whether they get an imaging test or not.
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  • Imaging Tests for Early Prostate Cancer
  • Imaging Tests for Early Prostate Cancer

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    It is normal to want to do everything you can to treat prostate cancer. But it's not always a good idea to get all the tests that are available. You may not need them. And the risks from the tests may be greater than the benefits.
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  • Imaging Tests for Headaches
  • Imaging Tests for Headaches

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Many people who experience severe headaches want a CT scan or MRI to see if they're caused by a brain tumor or other serious problem. But most of the time neither test is necessary.
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  • Imaging Tests for Heart Disease
  • Imaging Tests for Heart Disease

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Imaging stress tests take pictures of the heart while it is working hard. You may need an imaging stress test if you have symptoms of heart disease, or if you already have heart disease, or if you have a high risk. But if you are a healthy person without symptoms, you should think twice about having these tests.
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  • Imaging Tests for Ovarian Cysts
  • Imaging Tests for Ovarian Cysts

    08/19/2016
    From: Consumer Reports
    Many women have repeated ultrasound exams to make sure a cyst on their ovary doesn't turn into cancer. But most of the time that's not necessary.
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  • Kidney Disease (Tests & Treatments)
  • Kidney Disease (Tests & Treatments)

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have chronic kidney disease, here are four important tests and treatments you should carefully discuss with your family and doctor before deciding whether to go ahead with them.
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  • Knee Arthroscopy Costs
  • Knee Arthroscopy Costs

    10/03/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Knee Replacement Costs
  • Knee Replacement Costs

    10/12/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Medicines for Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Medicines for Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease

    01/31/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about medicines for people with early stage chronic kidney disease and diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart or blood vessel diseases. It will explain what research says about the benefits and possible side effects of these medicines. It can help you talk with your doctor about whether or not one of these medicines may be right for you.
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  • Medicines for Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Medicines for Psoriatic Arthritis

    06/01/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about DMARDs, a type of medicine for people with PsA. It will also discuss the possible side effects of these medicines. It will tell you what research has found about how well DMARDs work to treat PsA. This summary can help you talk with your doctor about whether one of these medicines might be right for you. This summary does not discuss treatments for the skin condition of psoriasis.
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  • Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    06/01/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about two types of medicine to treat RA: DMARDs and corticosteroids. It will explain what research has found about how well DMARDs work when taken alone or with corticosteroids to treat RA. It will also tell you what research says about the side effects of these medicines. You can use this summary to talk with your doctor about whether one of these medicines may be right for you.
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