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.

  • 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

    06/01/2011
    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

    05/01/2010
    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

    01/01/2012
    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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  • Drugs for Migraine Headaches
  • Drugs for Migraine Headaches

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Migraine attacks can last for hours or even days. They can cause intense pain, nausea, and vomiting. They can make you sensitive to light or noise, and they can affect your life and work. To treat migraines, you may get a prescription for anopioid (narcotic) or a barbiturate (sedative) called butalbital. These are pain medicines. But you should think twice about using these drugs. Here's why:

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  • 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

    07/01/2010
    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

    07/01/2010
    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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  • Generic Drugs
  • Generic Drugs

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    The big difference is that generics usually cost less than brand-name drugs. There are a few other differences—like color, shape, size, or taste—but they do not affect the quality of the drug.
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  • Getting the Best Price on Drugs
  • Getting the Best Price on Drugs

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    High prices can keep people from buying the drugs they need. But there are things you can do to save money on drugs—and sometimes a lot of money.
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  • Hormones for Menopause
  • Hormones for Menopause

    10/01/2008
    From: Consumer Reports
    Medicines containing various forms of the female hormones estrogen and progestin are highly effective at reducing the symptoms of menopause. Many hormone products are available as less-expensive generics, and some brand-name products are reasonably priced, too. But these benefits must be weighed against serious adverse effects that hormones can cause.
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  • Managing Multiple Medicines
  • Managing Multiple Medicines

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    The best way to make sure you are taking the right drugs is to review all your drugs with your primary care doctor. You should also review your drugs with your specialists.
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  • Medication Formularies
  • Medication Formularies

    12/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    If your health plan covers prescription drugs, it will have a list of the drugs it covers. This list is called a preferred drug list, or formulary. Using your plan’s formulary will help you save money on your drugs.
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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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  • Medicines for Treating Mental Health Conditions
  • Medicines for Treating Mental Health Conditions

    09/27/2011
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about research on how well some antipsychotic medicines work for conditions other than psychosis and bipolar disorder. It will also tell you about research on the risks of side effects for these medicines.
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