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Straight, No Chaser: The Medical Complications and Medication Treatment of Alcoholism

  There are interesting commonalities of certain drugs like alcohol and cigarettes. One is users that really enjoy them are able to do so for a long time while being oblivious to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 23, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

With all the focus of late on other forms of drug use and abuse (e.g., methamphetamine, marijuana), alcohol abuse seems to be lacking the attention it deserves. Fully one in six pe
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 21, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: "…Stop Wasting Money on Vitamins and Mineral Supplements."

If any of you are familiar with the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory on CBS, you may recall this scene from one of the first episodes featuring the genius, physicist and would-be Nob
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 18, 2013

What's the difference between phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine?

Unlike many things, this is a distinction with a difference, and one you should know. Both pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are decongestants used to treat nasal congestion due t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 8, 2013

I just got prescribed an antidepressant. About what should I be concerned?

For the answer to this concern, let’s go straight to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) site, which roughly states the following: Antidepressants are safe and pop
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 25, 2013

From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: "What is Roid Rage?"

Excessive anabolic (muscle-building) steroid use has many well-known side effects, but one of particular interest is the development of behavioral changes.  ‘Roid rage’
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 11, 2013

From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: Does drug use cause kidney damage?

Each kidney filters about 1700 liters of blood per day and concentrates fluid and waste products into about one liter of urine per day. Because of this, the kidneys receive more ex
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: What Should NOT Be in Your Medicine Cabinet

Ever notice that people run straight to the medicine cabinet to do harm to themselves or others? I want you to know the harder the effort is to obtain items to hurt oneself, the le
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 4, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: What Should Be in Your Medicine Cabinet

You’ve all done it. I’ve caught a few of you doing it. Why do you rummage through someone’s else’s medicine cabinet? Are newer homes even built with medicin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Cocaine Myth Busters – Facts and Fiction

Whitney was right. Crack is whack, and coke’s no joke. There has to be a better way to chase The Glamorous Life. Debunking myths about cocaine use 1.    “Cocaine isn’t add
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 16, 2013
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