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Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

News - Part 8

Reactions to Cipro, Levaquin, and Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Since the December, 2001, publication of my article in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy,1 I’ve received hundreds of e-mails from people suffering from devastating, long-lasting side effects associated with Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin, and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Most of these people are young and had been healthy and active. These antibiotics have legitimate uses in treating infectious […]

Chocolate: A Health Food?

I’m a chocolaholic. I’ve been a lover of chocolate in its myriad forms from before I can remember. As a kid, it didn’t get any better than a box of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk. So I was intrigued by recent articles about chocolate’s newly discovered health benefits. I’d certainly like to […]

AMA: Switching Patients’ Medication without Their Consent Is Unethical

Has your HMO switched one of your medications without telling you? When arriving at the pharmacy, have you suddenly found that you are suddenly taking something new? Without prior warning or consent? If so, you’ve been treated unethically. In response to an inquiry I sent to the American Medical Association, its Council on Ethics and […]

Prescription Drug Use in America: The Startling Numbers And Their Implications

In 2002, Americans filled 3,340,000,000 outpatient prescriptions.1 That’s 12 prescriptions for every man, women, and child in America. Has the American dream become 2 kids, 2 cars, and a dozen drugs in each person’s medicine chest? Despite a cold economy in which most industries have seen sales drop, U.S. drug sales increased substantially in 2002, […]